Principal’s Blog – Homework, happiness, quality of teaching, optimism and home support – 23rd March 2018

Homework, happiness, quality of teaching, optimism and home support

You may have seen the recent news headlines following a survey commissioned by the Varkey Foundation. This compared the attitudes and priorities of 27,830 parents in 29 different countries.

It reported some interesting findings which were well summarised by the BBC:

  • Only 11% of UK parents spent an hour per day helping their children with homework; far behind 62% in India.
  • 87% of UK parents valued the quality of their children’s teachers, one of the highest in the world.
  • When deciding on the type of school they wanted for their children, UK parents prioritised a sense of “ethos” and high academic results.
  • Compared with other countries, parents in the UK were also likely to put a high emphasis on “happiness” for children in school.

We are proud at Hazeley to have a clear definition about what we stand for which supports what parents can expect from us.

If you want a school which encourages students to contribute and participate in their community, develop Character, Confidence and Creativity and supporting children to achieve excellent examination outcomes, then Hazeley is for you.

Of course this does mean that as a parent you will need to find the balance to support your child with homework. Over 900 Hazeley parents logged into G4Schools last week which shows that we are blessed to have such a supportive parent body.

I asked one of our highest achieving students from the previous Year 11 cohort about how his parents helped him and his words are wise and the advice powerful.

“My parents were always there to help me when I needed them, especially close to the exams when I wanted them to test me.

I know that they wanted to help develop my independence, after all it was my homework not theirs.

One thing that did stand out was that they were always genuinely interested and asked me questions about it which helped me think deeper. For example if the homework was about the causes of the first world war, they would follow it up with questions like, which one was the most important and why?”

This student not only achieved outstanding grades but also has an insatiable curiosity and positivity, a credit to his parents and Hazeley.

I wish all our students a wonderful Easter break and look forward to welcoming back all year groups on Monday 9th April 2018.

A reminder of term dates can be found HERE.

T Nelson
Principal

 

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