If you have considered enrolling your child at a UK curriculum school, there is a good chance you may be feeling overwhelmed by the options available or aren’t sure what you should be looking for in the schools. If this is true, read on for three ways to know that a UK curriculum school is right for your child.
1. Know your reasons for going to an English language school.
As with anything in life, it is challenging to discern which is the best option for you if you don’t know the “why” behind the decision. There are a number of reasons why you may want to enrol your children in a UK curriculum school; however, given that it is a highly personal decision, the reasons are going to differ from person to person, family to family.
That being said, there are three significant reasons why you should want to enrol in a UK curriculum school.
- For academic excellence: There is no denying that UK curriculum schools around the world strive for academic excellence. Whether you are looking for a UK curriculum school in Dubai or elsewhere, these schools are praised for their commitment to high standards of academic excellence. Generally, they provide a broad and balanced curriculum and only employ highly qualified and motivated teachers who have years of experience and a global outlook.
- For pastoral care: UK curriculum schools tend to operate in a manner that would fit with the most advanced countries in the world, which means they know the importance of investing in and maintaining their resources and buildings. From the quality of food they serve at lunch to the extra-curricular activities they offer, these schools know that all these aspects are essential for cultivating an environment where students are nurtured and are excited about and dedicated to learning.
- For a positive global outlook: Most families seek out a UK curriculum school because they want their next generation to be prepared for the global world in which they reside. At these schools, you will find a diverse group of students who bring different ideas and backgrounds to the table, enabling conversations and perspectives that are hard to find in other educational systems. The younger that children are when they grow accustomed to being surrounded by an international crowd such as in Dubai, the more natural it will be for them to appreciate differences and respect contrary points of view, while also having the confidence to debate and discuss their opinions.
2. Be thoughtful when considering options.
When you know the reasons why you want to enrol your child in a UK curriculum school, it is then time to consider your options. It is critical that you visit your potential choices, as you are never going to be able to understand fully their offerings and the feeling that the school gives.
During these tours, take advantage of the opportunity to speak with teachers and current students about their experiences as this is how you will get a holistic yet realistic view of the institution.
Look for signs of pride among teachers and pupils, a robust extra-curricular program, a consistent behavior policy, and an honest and caring approach to learning.
3. Look for one that aligns with future goals.
At the end of the day, you want to be sending your children to a school that is going to assist them in accomplishing their future goals. For most, that means university.
For this reason, always do extensive research on a school’s track record of where students go to universities and the credentials of the school staff. How can they support your dreams? How can they help you turn them into reality?
If your future goals are something different (everyone has a different want for their life!), then opt for a UK curriculum school that specializes in that regard.
Have you ever looked at UK curriculum schools? Let us know your thoughts on this topic in the comments below!
Sybil AbouRahal-Jones is the Marketing & Communications Manager at The English College in Dubai. She majored in Graphic Design and has experience of 20 years working in Graphic Design, Branding, Marketing and Communications. Her role is to set the MarCom strategy for the primary, middle and secondary schools; and implement branding, graphic design, internal and external communications, marketing, and digital marketing.