Kids get a whole lot of schooling these days. In fact, they get 13 mandatory years, and that doesn’t include the 3-4 years they can spend at University either. Of course, what that means is that as a parent, you need to stay on top of the most important things they should be focused on at each stage. Something that the info in the post below can help you to do.
Infants and Juniors
When it comes to infants and juniors, the focus here really needs to be on fun and enjoying school as much as possible. In fact, if you can get the kids into a positive mindset regarding learning now, it will be much easier for them to excel later.
Of course, that means not overloading them with too much stress to ‘do well’. Instead, the focus needs to be on fun, and practising necessary skills of all kinds, including reading, writing, and math, as well as drawing, social interaction, and following the instructions given to them. All things that parents can help to facilitate at home, as well as in school during their child’s infants and junior school experience.
Seniors And Post 16
The change from junior school into year 7 can be a big one. Happily, schools are becoming much more aware of this, offering many more activities and initiatives to get year 6s familiar with their new environment. Even before its time for them to start year 7.
Of course, the focus in senior school tends to be more on achievement in particular subjects. Therefore, as they progress through the system, kids will be asked to pick areas in which to begin specialising, including humans, expressive arts, and the like. Social skills are also a crucial element of your child’s education at this age, so be sure to encourage them to get involved in activities outside of school as well. Something that can be very helpful if their time at school becomes challenging.
When it comes to post-16 education, it’s essential to remember while now mandatory, that your child will have a range of choices here. One is to go to a sixth form and study for A-levels, something that many choose to attend a private sixth form college to do. Mainly because of the small group sizes and the additional help that each student can benefit from in this situation.
There are alternatives, of course, one of which is to attend a local college and study either A-levels or vocational subjects. Some kids even choose to do apprenticeships now, where the focus is on work, but they are allowed to attend college for one day a week. Thus getting a formal qualification as well as experience in their chosen field.
Finally, while not mandatory, many kids choose to attend University and get a higher education qualification, such as a degree. Of course, there is more to learn that just their specialist subject here.
In fact, for many, it is an excellent way of becoming more independent and getting the experience of living independently. This being a skill that will stand them in good stead for the later lives as well.