School Open Day Preparation - Education Advice
PUBLISHED: 11:01 29 October 2010 | UPDATED: 11:55 28 February 2013
Open day visits are the time to award your own marks when deciding where to place your child. Get started with our cheat's guide to preparation...
Open day visits are the time to award your own marks when deciding where to place your child. Get started with our cheats guide to preparation.
It is a good idea to draw up a comprehensive list of criteria so you can award scores, compare schools and make the most of your visit
While you are there read the noticeboards if you have time, and talk to the administration team.
Look at your surroundings as you are taken around the school.
Are there pictures on the wall, pupils work, records of achievement? Is it an inspiring environment?
Do take someone along with you too, if only to take notes or prompt you to ask questions.
When you telephone the school for an appointment are the secretaries and office staff helpful?
How do pupils look and behave, are they smart and polite?
Does the Headteacher deal with your questions effectively?
Do they come back to you with answers not given on the day but promised later?
Does he or she show an interest in your child?
How well are the teaching staff qualified?
Is it an established team?
What is the budget for resources your child may need to use, eg computers and books?
What will you be expected to provide?
Do the arrangements for looking after your childs personalneeds meet your expectations?
Ask about approaches to discipline is the school stricter than you would expect?
Is the curriculum balanced and does it reflect the spread of subjects your child will need in the future?
Is this where you would like your child to learn and make friends?
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