The education triangle: Part 4
It must be acknowledged that complications in our modern lifestyle have made it difficult to suggest an easy solution to elevate motivation.
However, admitting to mistakes by all parties could be the first step forward. Schools must start to acknowledge that education is a dynamic process which requires novel and well-thought plans that match the changes in mentality and development of modern learners.
The school’s timetable isn’t about completing the syllabus anymore. It should include additional activities such as PSHE education to develop the qualities and attributes that pupils need to thrive as good citizens.
Effective extracurricular programmes, advanced counselling services, learning support units and a strong careers guidance office must be made available in every school to enhance the academic, social and personal skills for every pupil. Inset days, training workshops and continuing professional development activities provide excellent opportunities for teachers and school managers to enhance their output in schools.
Regular and close interactions between the school and parents must become mandatory to keep each other updated about the progress of students within and outside the school.
These meetings should focus on suggestions to maximise the benefits for learners. The creation of an electronic domain on the school’s home page for parents to access information related to their children will also enhance the monitoring process. Parents can communicate directly with the individual teachers through this domain to learn about the assignments and deadlines set for their children; as well as their performance in each subject.
Parents must demonstrate strong trust in the school’s policies and provide the necessary support for decisions that serve the interest of the students; particularly those concerning attendance, discipline and the excessive use of electronic devices.
Local education authorities must play a stronger role to inspect the functionalities, performance and achievements of all schools. Scheduled inspections by trained and qualified staff, regular meetings with the school managers, readiness to provide support and genuine collaboration will produce mutual benefits that will enhance the overall education process in schools. The school’s self-evaluation and external inspections by the education authorities will provide useful assessment methods to identify points of strength and weakness.
Realistic results from such assessments might be employed to set targets and challenges for the schools in order meet specific criteria in education. The proposal of a league table for all schools is not a bad idea at all and it will provide aspirations for schools to compete with each other. The ranking in a league table will also provide parents with a clearer vision about the overall achievements by individual schools in their local area.