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Moving to High School - What every concerned parent needs to know

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    We support students with unique potential to manage their learning difference, and to become confident and job-ready members of society.

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Moving to High School - What every concerned parent needs to know

EDU360 StepBEYOND High School is a new generation of High School that is filling the gap and meeting the demands of concerned parents. We are supporting parents to support their children, for the biggest challenge of all – the future!

Modern schools are a living, breathing and technologically connected gateway to learning. The classroom is evolving towards preparing students for a future that is unknown – learning happens everywhere with certified and globally experienced teachers at the helm. The remedial school space is no different – we support students, with the potential, to gain a meaningful qualification and find their personal path towards the starting point of a successful career.

Our specialist school supports students and families in the moderate-to-high functioning range of ability. In South Africa, this is commonly referred to as Remedial Schooling, however EDU360’s offering is broader as defined by the international education community. Special Needs Education is our core business. This is a wide-ranging continuum of learning performance requiring specialist teaching, support and management of individual learning difference.

We support students with unique potential to manage their learning difference, and to become confident and job-ready members of society.

There are many advantages to moving your child to a registered specialist school:

Education Security – ensuring a quality learning experience 
This is an 11th hour concern which remains hidden and reveals itself in the final stages of high school. Parents who choose to home school are particularly susceptible. Every student learns differently and requires a unique recipe of teaching input to engage, inform and inspire a student. Qualified teachers, who are experienced in remediation, understand the impact of underlying learning challenges. Learning management support processes need to be in place before a student graduates from Grade 9 into the final phase of schooling, to cope with volumes of subject specific content, and ensure a quality end-of-school learning experience.

21st Century Learning - more than a mindset
Classroom time is precious. We use the Golden Time approach to motivate our students towards achieving their career dreams. If students understand where they are heading, they will learn to create a learning journey – extracting the best bits from a library of 21st Century thinking tools, that are accessible and relevant to a student’s personal learning journey. Creating a learning journey means that our students are aware of their abilities and learn how to manage their learning difference, better.

21st Century teaching is about job specialisation
Mainstream schools are playing to their strengths and offering services which address the needs of their student portfolio, acknowledging tradition, culture and ethos, to best prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s demands. Similarly, modern SEN schools are benefiting from renewed parental vigour in demanding the best for their children, choosing to move their children from a one-size-fits-all model of schooling to a specialist model of schooling, with an integrated remedial approach. Specialist schools ensure a quality experience where students with learning difficulties feel that they belong.

Discussed at the London SEN Show (November 2017), populist ‘learning support units’ and ‘special classes with a remedial teacher’, attached to a mainstream school, is considered outdated in Europe and in the United States. This is exclusive schooling because the students unintentionally feel excluded from the mainstream classroom, in the adjacent building, to their developmental detriment.

Registered Schooling – the source of accountability
As an independent school, inspected by the Department of Education, we are informed and connected to the future of specialised learning in South Africa. EDU360 is a non-profit organisation with an established humanitarian ethos, endeavouring to make remedial education accessible to all students. In addition to local regulations, we adhere to the SEN COP (special education needs code of practice (UK)) and believe this to be the gold-standard in remedial operations.

Curriculum Choice – thinking beyond the curriculum
Recently, a parent asked about the best curriculum choice for a high school to suit their child’s learning preference. The rules are clear: South African schools are legislated to adhere to the CAPS curriculum up until the end of Grade 9 (school leaving age). Granted, every school presents a variance of this mainstream curriculum, however it is important for parents to understand that the teaching of any curriculum is more important that the curriculum itself. Truthfully, a curriculum is nothing more than a plan – the degree of minimum compliance is laid out in the CAPS document to ensure and guide a minimum standard of teaching. This ensures the accountability of quality schooling to students and parents, in principle.

In practice, the application of a solid curriculum roadmap reflects upon the culture and experience of teaching staff in a school. Qualified teachers understand how to support their students and activities are sourced from a variety of offline and online sources and significantly, from a variety of curriculum plans. In modern schools, modern curriculum planning draws relevance from several established curriculum schemes.

Learning to Manage - learning to be happy
Visiting parents often explain their relevant frustration with generalised schooling, using the following statements, ‘… But, teaching is not rocket science.,’ and ‘Why is my child not understanding with all this support?’ And, truthfully, we agree that teaching is not rocket science. Of equal importance, topics covering SEAL (Social, Emotional and Attitude to learning) require grass roots training to be effectively instilled in the learning culture of a school.

This realisation supports two important points;
1. That anyone can buy and teach a curriculum, however HOW a curriculum is taught and explained is dramatically more valuable than WHAT is taught.
2. That students need to connect and experience a degree of confidence in their understanding of a task, to achieve a sense of genuine accomplishment and happiness.

Vocational Learning – the future of academic foundation courses
As an academic, I may appear to be shooting myself in the foot with this point. Recently, at the Special Education Show in London, several colleagues remarked on the buzz towards Vocational Learning. In fact, the 2017/18 academic year marks the first time that more British families and students choose to enrol in Vocational Learning. EDU360 teaches nationally accredited and internationally benchmarked Vocational programmes. These programmes are geared toward ensuring that students are functional, job-ready and independent citizens.

Parent observations of our Vocational Academy students:
• More positive attitudes toward oneself and others.
• A greater commitment to schooling and a sense of purpose.
• More positive social behaviours and relationships with peers and adults.
• Reduced behavioural problems.
• Decreased emotional distress and anxiety.
• Improved marks and attendance.

Should you wish to further this discussion:
Please do contact the team at EDU360 Integrated Remedial Education on 011 234 1212 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.

Justin Barry

Justin Barry is the Managing Director of EDU360, a registered specialist education provider in Gauteng, South Africa. Based in Johannesburg, Justin is driven by a life-long commitment to the SEN (Special Education Needs) community. He initiates and delivers SEN projects, with humanitarian and education goals, to benefit as many families and educators as possible, in the mainstream and LSEN education communities.

Experienced in a range of education settings - infant, junior primary, primary, preparatory, junior high, secondary, high, college and pupil referral units; Justin is passionate and committed to safeguarding academic fundamentals and scholarly activities.

As a resourceful teaching QTS (UK) specialist with international SEND (Special Education Needs & Disability - EU/UK/SA) experience, Justin professionally transitions the mainstream classroom and specialist educational environments to create an inclusive, technology-rich learning experience. He is familiar with EU, CAPS (SA) and NS (UK) curriculum contexts to lead effective personalised learning to all students, accommodating students with SEN and SEND, and ensuring school community cohesion.

Justin is dedicated to providing specific learning support to students, parents and educational practitioners interested in managing learning difference. Better.

Website: www.edu360.education

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