Benefits of Independent Schools

There are many options to be carefully considered when choosing your child's education. Each child has individual needs, and what suits some may not be the answer for others. In this article we look at some of the benefits of sending your child to an independent school for their education.
Independent schools do not rely on government financing, but instead are funded through tuition fees, bequests, and gifts. Financing by other means allows the schools to define their own style of teaching. These schools elect a board of directors from the public to control their finances and make decisions about how the school is run. This allows greater flexibility than may be found in a government funded school.
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The first factor many parents will look to for a sign of a good school is the results it produces. In many cases independent schools will exceed the average in the UK, year after year. A report by The Independent in 2010 stated that children receiving an independent school education are three times more likely to achieve an A or A* at A-level than those in comprehensive education. There could be many reasons for this, but generally it is assumed that better results are achieve in independent schools due the smaller class sizes and thus the amount of attention each child receives.

According to the Independent Schools Council there are on average 9.4 pupils per teacher in an independent school in the UK, compared to an average of 26 in state run schools according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (2010 report). With fewer pupils per teacher a better connection can be made with each child, and more progress can be made. The ability to spend more time with each child allows teachers to get to know their strengths and weaknesses, and learning style, and may be better able to tailor their education for it.

Independent schools are thought by some to provide a more rounded education. Numerous extra curricular opportunities are available, and through classroom and outside learning the children's natural curiosity and ability is encouraged to grow. Personal and social growth is an important factor in independent school teaching, with teaching aims stretching beyond normal academia. A wider range of extra curricular activities further enhances the relationship between staff and pupils, while helping children develop their skills and abilities.

Due to the way independent schools are funded and ability to manage their own finances, there are often excellent facilities on the premises from state of the art computers and IT equipment, to high quality sporting equipment. By having access to these facilities, which may not be available in other schools, pupils are likely to experience schooling in a different way, with a greater knowledge their own skill sets and preferences.

There are many reasons to consider independent schooling for your child at any age. The extra attention given due to the small class sizes can have a real impact on their results through a more tailored education. The flexibility independent schools enjoy means there are less constraints on their budget, allowing a greater freedom to decide their own finances based on the school as an individual entity, not as part of a national scheme. The facilities at independent schools are on average higher than those of a state funded school, and teachers are often highly specialized in their field offering a greater depth of learning.

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