Choosing the right school
Hi everyone, happy Christmas, New Year etc! We are soon to make our school choice & have narrowed it down to two very strong contenders. We’ve done loads of research & have found perhaps our current favourite option where all teachers are trained in attachment & the head has personal experience of adoption, a number of LAC within the school & it’s fair to say we feel we are on the same wavelength in the few meetings we have had. Our son would be assigned a key worker whom would be his attachment figure throughout his time, giving him to opportunity to build a strong relationship with a key individual whom we could regularly link in with. This school doesn’t use public behaviour systems which we feel is ideal.
The second option has less experience of LAC & only one teacher currently trained in attachment, the head has committed to training the early years teacher too should our son go there. This head appears more relaxed about homework which we understand to be important. They also employ dedicated music, forest school & PE teachers & have a large pastoral support team. The school also encourages outdoor learning to the extent their aim is for all children to have the option to learn outside throughout primary & junior school with outdoor classrooms that are available all day everyday to all children. Our son loves being outside so in some ways this approach seems ideal but we are cautious that generally our children need structure, routines & firm boundaries & maybe the ‘choice’ to learn inside or outside could be counterproductive?
Would welcome the views of others whom have children at school, we have absolute confidence in the head of the first option & feel she really gets it. The second feels like more of a risk due to less experience of children who have suffered developmental trauma but the dedicated teaching staff outlined above & outdoor learning option does appeal, please help we so want to get this right.
Many thanks in advance xx