Mutual respect is the new school discipline. What do you think of when you think of school discipline? A mortar board wearing male teacher flexing a cane? And then, when you think of bad school discipline? A 1970s classroom of feral behaviour and a hapless teacher struggling to be heard? Old imagery, but the stereotypes […]
School look and feel
The school look and feel. That intangible something that makes the school unique. People contribute to it; the head, staff, pupils and parents. As do the buildings and grounds.
So, who or what gives the school it's buzz, its atmosphere, its "special sauce"?
If your child engages with one of the teachers, it’s a good sign. It’s the “meet the teachers” event in the main hall at the school where you’d like your daughter to go. You’ve read lots of school brochures and websites. So you know how important teachers are for “not the filling of a pail, […]
Notable alumni are not typical alumni. It’s the other 99.9% that reveal what the school is truly about. Browsing a school website you’ve probably come across a notable alumni page. It’s a list of people who attended the school at some time in the past and have achieved some kind of notoriety. The longer the […]
An attractive school can offer a better, similar or worse education. Our heads tell us that. Our hearts, on the other hand… It can happen. Two, three, four years into your child’s school career. Someone asks you why you chose the school. You pause, reflect, struggle for the right words, but all you can offer […]
You can tell a lot about the culture of schools by observing the behaviour of school pupils. Polite, presentable pupils promote positive impressions to prospective parents. Why the clumsy marketing catchphrase? Every marketer knows that there are four Ps to manage when marketing any product; price, place, promotion, product. For schools, the pupil is the […]
When schools are undifferentiated parents rely on their impressions of the headteachers. It’s the School Open Day. You arrive and take in the wonderful show of pupils, teachers, deputy headteachers doing interesting stuff in state-of-the-art surroundings. Your child is fascinated by the pyrotechnics, bangs and smells coming from the Chemistry lab. But you are ill […]
Here are five important roles that a headteacher fulfils. Yours may be stronger at some than others. Let’s get one common misconception out of the way. You don’t actually have to like the headteacher. Whether or not the headteacher is charming or a “good laugh”, can unduly influence some parents’ decisions. Just as you don’t […]
Schools need good Parents’ Associations. They don’t need bad ones. It’s a first day quandary. Should I embrace the Parents’ Association or run a mile? Responses usually fall on gender lines. Women will wrestle with guilt and a sense of civic duty. Whereas men are off before you can say “would you like to help […]