It’s safe to say lockdowns and COVID restrictions have propelled education into a new realm. Online classes and home-schooling have tested families across the country. But it’s not just everyday teaching causing stress, concerned parents are at a loss on how to choose a school for their child when they are unable to visit.
However, schools are quickly adapting to make the process as simple as possible for parents and potential students. Like many events, open days and evenings are moving online. Though it may unconventional, schools such as Impington International College in Cambridge, are urging parents to participate.
Vice Principal, Johanna Sale, said: “My main piece of advice for parents is to approach virtual events as though they are face to face events. Of course, one of the benefits of a virtual event is that you can watch the recorded sessions on-demand, but this is no substitute for attending the live event because you will be relying on other people to ask the questions that you want answered. Due to life behind screens, it’s more important than ever to get involved in the conversations and actively ask the questions that you want to know.”
It is key for parents to have a list of questions ready to ask during a Q&A session once the presentation is over. If your question hasn’t been answered, voice your query. Grades are a good indication of a school’s performance, but care and support are essential for a child’s wellbeing too.
Sale continued: “We would encourage any prospective parent and their children to focus on speaking to the students at the open events they are attending. Delve into the students’ minds, as they will have all of the key information that sometimes teachers can’t provide.”
If you’re still undecided on a school, contact administrations directly to see if a private viewing can be arranged following government safety guidelines and restrictions.