How To Choose The Right School

Choosing the right school for any child is a tough decision. But choosing the right school for a child with special needs or learning difficulties is absolutely critical. Which is why I have written this article to hopefully give you some tips on how to choose the right school.

When you have a child with special needs, the RIGHT school can:

Be a fantastic source of support for you and your child.

Help your child reach their full potential.

Minimise the symptoms of your child’s disorder or difficulty.

Make your child feel comfortable and happy.

Allow your child to make friends and eliminate the chance of bullying.

Improve your child’s chances of a bright future full of opportunities and possibilities.

This all sounds fantastic and is what every parent wants for their child.

However, choosing the WRONG school can:

Give you little or no support.

Hold your child back.

Make their symptoms worse.

Cause your child to feel scared, alone and isolated.

Make it difficult for your child to make friends.

Increase the likelihood of bullying.

Limit the chance of your child having a bright future.

YES, this is how important it is to get the right school when your child has special needs. And unfortunately this is the reality of what could (and often does) happen.

I have had a lot of experience in this area with my own son:

When he was due to start school. I spent hours trawling the internet in search of the best local schools, in the best areas, with the highest league table scores and best reports.

This was a HUGE mistake.

If you have a child who does not have special needs or learning difficulties, then yes, do what I did, and look for those high performing schools in ‘good’ areas.

BUT, if your child has special needs, DO NOT DO THAT. I can’t stress that enough.

High performing schools are often high performing because they have very few children with special needs.

This means that:

a) they won’t have such good facilities and procedures in place for them.

b) they won’t have such good knowledge or experience with special needs or learning difficulties.

Also, high performing schools in ‘good’ areas often lack in diversity. This can make your child more likely to be subject to bullying. Where a school has a higher number of children with special needs and a greater level of diversity, children are more open to differences between them and less likely to pick on a child for being different.

The first school I sent my son to, I made this mistake. I sent him to a very high performing school in a typically rich, white christian area. The school had less than 1% special needs. And 0% cultural diversity.

Within a few months, my son was terrified to go to school. He hardly had any friends. He was being bullied. The teacher constantly came up to me at the end of the day to tell me what he’d done wrong that day or how much he’d struggled. He achieved barely any learning progress. And every time I went into a meeting with his teacher or special needs co ordinator, they would say things like, “we don’t know what to do with him”. And, “We think you should consider sending him to a special school”.

For far too long, I left him at that school, not realising the damage it was doing, or that things could be different.

After nearly 2 years I pulled him out. And not to send him to a special school (like they had suggested). I sent him to a school in a nearby town, which was the exact opposite of the school he had just left.

I sent him to a school with low performance rates. The highest percentage of special needs children in the area (12%) and was located in quite a ‘poor’ area with lots of diversity.

Within a few weeks he started to read simple words, write his name and count to 10. Things he had never been able to do. He enjoyed going to school (most days – we still had the occasional day he couldn’t be bothered, but no screaming fits). He made lots of friends. And all the teachers and staff their loved him.

Instead of having a teacher constantly moaning about him, they spoke about him with fondness and affection. It was fantastic.

After just over 4 glorious years at that school. Sadly he had to leave, because we had to emigrate from England to Australia.

But, when we started the search for a school in Australia, I had already learnt my lesson. So I immediately looked for a school that was:

Small (under 400 students) the less the better.

Had high rates of children with special needs and learning difficulties (minimum or 8%).

Had a very diverse mix of students, with children from lots of different economic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.

A school that focused a lot of attention on social development and happy children.

We visited school after school after school within about a half an hour drive of our house. And eventually we found a school that met all my criteria. Woodville Primary School in Victoria.

My son has been there now for 6 months and he couldn’t be happier. He has lots of friends and the staff adore him. But most importantly he enjoys going to school. And I feel supported and listened to by his teacher and the other staff.

10 Tips to Choose Online IAS Coaching

Many a time, varying circumstances simply don’t allow an IAS aspirant to attend classes at a traditional IAS coaching center. Thus, they opt for online IAS coaching. However, many find it a complicated task to opt for the best institution. They are highly confused as to what online IAS coaching they should opt for.

The choice should be made in a careful manner. The reasons are several and should not be ignored. The syllabus prescribed by UPSC is highly vast. Moreover, the Civil Services is the most popular career option among Indian youth. Apart from all that, IAS happens to be the most sought after of the cadres that UPSC offers.

All of these factors make the IAS exam the toughest of the tough with the fiercest of the competitions. Thus, it is obvious that the choice of online IAS coaching should not be taken lightly.

Though a lot depends on the discretion and the requirements of an IAS aspirant, the tips given below would definitely help you choose the most suitable of the online IAS coaching to crack the IAS exam with great competence:

Videos: It is always advisable to go ahead with the online IAS coaching that provides you with the latest i.e., the updated video classes. Hence, you would get to attend the same classroom sessions that are being provided to the regular students in the classrooms.

Faculty & Mentorship: It definitely makes more sense to opt for online IAS coaching where the faculty teaching online is highly experienced and eminent. The faculty that has a tight grip on the subject and also considerable experience of teaching the same as per the requirements of the UPSC Syllabus is more likely to equip you with the skills required to crack the IAS exam successfully. Besides, if the online coaching institution allows you to be benefitted by the guidance of the eminent mentors, you should consider yourself a fortunate IAS aspirant.

Misc. online resources: Apart from a lecture on a video, it is advisable to explore other resources including the lectures on YouTube.

Online Test Series: The Online Test Series is highly important. They put your skills to test. The better you score, the more confident you feel while you actually face the IAS exam. Besides, you get to know your weak points as well as the strengths and prepare accordingly. Thus, it is wiser to look for the online IAS coaching that offers the most competent of the Online Sectional Tests. Besides, most of the Online IAS Coaching institutions provide scanned copies of the evaluated tests. The queries and the doubts of the aspirants are also well taken care of.

Current Affairs: Knowledge of current affairs plays a decisive role if you have been planning to join IAS. Thus, while opting for online IAS coaching, it’s best to opt for the online institution that not only equips the students with a thorough knowledge of the current affairs but also keeps them updated.

Customer support: As you plan to study online rather than getting yourself enrolled in a regular classroom coaching institution, you should make sure that the entire team of the online institution comprises professionals offering a good customer care support. It would help you approach the faculty as the team would be of great help taking your calls and forwarding your mails as required helping you get the time of the faculty so that all your queries and doubts are answered well.

Query Solving Sessions: In case you feel that you need a little more time and guidance by the faculty members so that all your queries are solved, you should convey the same to the customer care team of the Online IAS Coaching institution. It is highly important to gain an absolutely clear knowledge of all the subjects and topics covered by the syllabus prescribed by UPSC. Thus, it is only logical to opt for the online IAS coaching institution that provides you with the provision for the query solving sessions as and when required.

Upgraded content: Like almost all are aware that the style and the pattern of the UPSC question paper keep changing and you are never sure how many of the questions can be asked from a specific topic in the exam, it is best to look for the online IAS coaching that encompasses the changing patterns and styles. The online coaching institution must encompass the changes in the sectional tests, Current Affairs and wherever required.

Honing the Answer Writing Skills: It should never be forgotten that you are going to face the exam in order to join the Indian Administrative Services. Thus, UPSC is going to assess your skills as a potential administrator chiefly by what you write in the exam. The answers should show an alert, aware, analytical and unprejudiced mind. These are the qualities that make up a good administrator. And also these are the qualities that UPSC requires in a potential administrator. So, opt for an online IAS coaching that sharpens your answer writing skills and conveys all of your administerial qualities to UPSC by means of the answers that you pen down in the exam.

Fee: Most of the online IAS coaching institutions are economically viable as compared with the regular classroom coaching institutions. However, it is best to make sure that the online coaching institution that you opt for does equip you with all the skills required to crack the IAS exam.

The last, but not the least, it is wiser to follow what your mind says after carefully considering all of your requirements before you finally opt for an online IAS coaching institution. There is no point in joining an institution simply because one of your friends did so. Consider all the options and choose carefully. The tips given above would definitely help you do the same.

8 Useful Tips To Choose The Best Fitness Training Course

When selecting a fitness course, you need to keep in mind the fields in which your interest lies. You need to have the complete knowledge of whether the program you’re opting for qualifies you for the certification that is recognized. There are also some of you who would like to pursue a variety of fitness training courses to help you develop a full-fledged skill set. Also, be aware that having know-how of a variety of fitness courses helps maximize your exposure giving you enough opportunities to lead a successful professional outcome.

Let’s now take a look at some tips that will help you choose the right field among the numerous fitness trainer courses available.

8 Very Useful tips to choose a fitness training courses:

1. If you’re interested in becoming a personal trainer (Someone who teaches exercise and fitness techniques), you should consider taking a course from a professional, well-reputed education provider.

2. Learn that an acclaimed course will have you acquire all the exact techniques, enabling you to reach your fitness career goals.

3. Be aware of the fact that if your formal education is not affiliated with a professional training institute, scoring a job could become difficult.

4. Begin the process of enrolling in a healthcare training course by contacting the organization and extracting all the details that pertain to the course you’re considering. At the same time, you could also visit their website and go through all the information that holds your interest.

5. Make rightful inquiries about what are the minimum qualifications you will need to achieve the initial certification.

6. If time is an issue, consider asking the training center if they offer fitness training courses through distance learning.

7. Get all the required information about the accreditations and approvals the center holds.

8. Learn all you need to know about the cost of the course and if there could be any added expenses.

Get proactive and ask around, people you know have pursued a similar course, the fitness trainers in your vicinity and others in the same field, if they could suggest an educational program that would benefit you in the long run. Lastly, you should make it a point to pursue a nutrition course, as nutrition and fitness training are two aspects that go hand in hand. And having both the certifications will help you broaden your horizon and explore both the spheres.