Do you agree with the 75% of surveyed parents in England who insist that "Outstanding" schools should not be exempted from routine OFSTED inspections?
Outstanding schools are except providing Ofsted or the local education authority have no concerns about it. My son’s school is Outstanding and hasn’t been inspected since 2011. However, since it’s exam results are extremely high, neither Ofsted or the education authority have any concerns over the school, the teaching or the pupils. However, parents can contact Ofsted and raise concerns if they have any.A school inspection is costly and I personally would rather the money was invested in supporting and re-inspecting failing schools than schools that clearly are performing highly. I wouldn’t object to a limit being placed on Outstanding schools - that they have to have an inspection once every 10 years irrespective of exam performances.
Why don't schools teach children about taxes and bills and things that they will definitely need to know as adults to get by in life?
Departments of education and school districts always have to make decisions about what to include in their curriculum. There are a lot of life skills that people need that aren't taught in school. The question is should those skills be taught in schools?I teach high school, so I'll talk about that. The typical high school curriculum is supposed to give students a broad-based education that prepares them to be citizens in a democracy and to be able to think critically. For a democracy to work, we need educated, discerning citizens with the ability to make good decisions based on evidence and objective thought. In theory, people who are well informed about history, culture, science, mathematics, etc., and are capable of critical, unbiased thinking, will have the tools to participate in a democracy and make good decisions for themselves and for society at large. In addition to that, they should be learning how to be learners, how to do effective, basic research, and collaborate with other people. If that happens, figuring out how to do procedural tasks in real life should not provide much of a challenge. We can't possibly teach every necessary life skill people need, but we can help students become better at knowing how to acquire the skills they need. Should we teach them how to change a tire when they can easily consult a book or search the internet to find step by step instructions for that? Should we teach them how to balance a check book or teach them how to think mathematically and make sense of problems so that the simple task of balancing a check book (which requires simple arithmetic and the ability to enter numbers and words in columns and rows in obvious ways) is easy for them to figure out. If we teach them to be good at critical thinking and have some problem solving skills they will be able to apply those overarching skills to all sorts of every day tasks that shouldn't be difficult for someone with decent cognitive ability to figure out. It's analogous to asking why a culinary school didn't teach its students the steps and ingredients to a specific recipe. The school taught them about more general food preparation and food science skills so that they can figure out how to make a lot of specific recipes without much trouble. They're also able to create their own recipes.So, do we want citizens with very specific skill sets that they need to get through day to day life or do we want citizens with critical thinking, problem solving, and other overarching cognitive skills that will allow them to easily acquire ANY simple, procedural skill they may come to need at any point in their lives?
What makes the Ivy League Schools so outstanding compared to the other colleges/universities?
In terms of classroom experiences they aren’t always. You can find as many great courses at UMass as at Harvard. What the Ivy League school provide in addition to bragging rights for the parents of students who attend is a richer out of class experience. People who think of education as attending class, taking exams, and making good grades ought to save their money and go to a good state university. At Harvard you’re more likely to have fellow students who are exciting and stretch your mind, and a large part of a good college education is what happens outside of class. Graduate schools and businesses are more likely to be impressed with a Harvard than a UMass degree and your fellow students at Harvard are more likely to be a help in your career if you keep up with them. Ivy League schools tend to have a richer extra-curricular environment — plays, lectures, etc. They probably have better gyms, better intramural sports. WiFi may be faster. That extra money you pay to go to Harvard buys a lot of goodies, some even relevant. You may find it easier to have conversations with faculty and bright grad students at Harvard, and you’ll probably be more encouraged there to spend some time in research or independent work. All of those things can make a difference. And although it probably isn’t deeply relevant, the opportunity to take courses from Nobel Laureates or Pulitzer Prize winners is certainly something to relish — good stories for your children.I’m a big fan of elite colleges. They take in bright students and turn them out that way. There’s no doubt that for students who want to take advantage of the opportunities Harvard is likely to be a far more exciting intellectual environment than almost any state university. What I am not a big fan of is the idea that getting a great education is hard at other places. Harder, maybe, but a dedicated students can get a great education at any of the top 100 state universities, maybe even more, or small colleges. And I’m not fond of “I go to Harvard so I must be special,.” and I’m especially not fond of the sense of entitlement that enrollment in such places often brings.
What do great schools do to produce outstanding results?
Hi ! As per my understanding a school is known to be great only if it is able instill a habit of not giving up in any circumstances and every child to be a leader of his own, in every child. But if you solely talk about marks, schools are able to produce outstanding results by :drilling or practice or assignments of the topicsregular meet with the child for what is best way the child can learnPeer -group studyingChild teaching a topic or child demonstrating a topicTeaching using different strategies and styles.There are many other methods and ways in which a school can produce outstanding results. For more you can consult Counselors on ewellness Expert.
How reliable are the Ofsted scores in the UK to find a good primary school?
An Ofsted report can be a valuable starting point if you want to find a school in an unfamiliar area but it is just a snapshot and does not tell the whole story. You need to visit the school, preferably with your child. Talk to staff and, if you can, some of the pupils. Watch the children at work and play. Are they engaged in what they are doing and do they look as if they are enjoying themselves? Seek out other parents and talk to them as well. Schools are about so much more than just academic achievement, particularly when your children are young.