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10 reasons why British State Education is so good

January 19th, 2017 by Anna Michaelidou

British state education is based on the belief that every child, regardless of their background, be entitled to a good education. Children are amazingly resilient and adapt extraordinarily well to their schools. Allowing your child to experience their education through their local state school will see them thrive and adapt to our society.

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Here are ten reasons why British state education is so great:

1. Free early years education

Since September 2010 all three and four year old children in England are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year. This entitlement sees children who's parents could otherwise not afford to send their child to nursery adapt to classes and classmates and prepare them for their entry into full-time education.

2. Free school meals for all children in key stage one.

All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 of primary school are entitled to free school meals. This gives children the chance to eat a healthy meal with their school classmates on a daily basis at no extra cost to the parents. If your child is a fussy eater this is a great way to encourage them to try different foods.

3. British State Education is free

All UK children aged five to sixteen are entitled to free education at a state school. This is great for parents wanting to save enough money for their child to attend a university or give them savings when they reach a certain age or have completed school. And state schools have all the facilities, and often superior ones, than a private school would offer. State schools are generally funded by the local education authority or the government.

4. British state schools follow a 'national curriculum'

Most British state schools follow the 'National Curriculum' which is set by the government to specify what subjects are taught. The National Curriculum also ensures that children receive a good education in a broad range of subjects and specifies the standards children should reach in each subject. It also ensures children in both Primary and Secondary schools are learning the same things.

5. Children develop more independence

The great thing about British state education is that children develop a sense of independence and are encouraged to mix with different races and learn about different cultures. Children starting secondary school will often make the school journey on their own, whether it be by bus, cycling or walking, and this allows them to enjoy a new sense of freedom and meet new friends along the way.

6. The UK is one of the most productive places in the world

It is no secret that the UK is one of the most productive and exciting places in the world for many things such as creativity, innovation and research. Allowing your child to attend a British state school will see them build their self-confidence and learn about the world and the benefits of living in the UK.

7. Students are encouraged to study for further education

Another great thing about British state education is the fact that all children are encouraged to study for further education. If this is not something the child wants to do then they are advised about any other suitable options they may have before leaving their school. All qualifications achieved from a British state school, ensuring the grades are good, are highly regarded by colleges, universities and employers both here in the UK and across the rest of the world.

8. European International children are welcome to free education

Children from countries in the European Union have the same rights as British citizens and are entitled to attend a UK state school.

9. The school terms are well-organised and spaced out in a timely manner

British state schools tend to follow the three-term year; September to December, January to late March and April to July. The three terms are also broken up with three half-terms mid-way between each term. It is proven that children learn better in shorter terms and when allowed to rest for short periods of time will perform better.

10. UK state education is highly regarded worldwide

The UK is seen as a welcoming and diverse destination of study for many international students and is recognised by governments and universities worldwide. Employers from around the globe are also aware that the UK provides a world-class education, providing great skills to their students in preparation for the working world.

Post By: Anna Michaelidou

Anna has been a private tutor of both English Literature and English Language for fifteen years having taught all levels from nursery school right through to university level. She has a BA (Hons) Degree in English Literature & Modern Languages, is a writer, content marketing executive and a busy mother of four lovely children.

Categories: Education, teaching