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Open evenings and how to get the best from them.

Open evenings and how to get the best from them.

What is a school open night?

A school open evening is an event hosted by a school to provide prospective students and their parents with an opportunity to explore the school, meet teachers and students, and gather information about the school's ethos, facilities, and programs. 

It is a crucial step in the decision-making process for parents and students when choosing a school.

Here are some key points to consider during a school open evening:

What to Look Out For on an Open Evening Tour:

1. Classrooms and Facilities: Take note of the condition of classrooms and special facilities like science labs, music rooms, and sports facilities.

2. Teacher Interaction: Observe how teachers engage with students during the tour. Are they approachable and enthusiastic?

3. Student Work: Look for displays of student work, projects, or achievements. This can give you insights into the academic and creative culture of the school.

4. Environment: Pay attention to the overall atmosphere and environment. Is it welcoming, organized, and conducive to learning?

5. Student Guides: If there are student guides, ask them about their experiences. What do they like about the school, and are there any challenges they've faced?

6. Feedback: Take note of any feedback provided during the tour, especially from teachers and students.

Questions to Ask at an Open Evening:

Questions for Student Guides:

1. What are your favourite subjects, and why?

2. How do you find the teachers here?

3. Can you share your experiences with handling challenges or difficulties?

4. Where do students usually go if they need support or are upset?

5. Is there anything you would change about the school?

Questions for Teachers and Staff:

1. What professional development opportunities are available for teachers?

2. How are classes structured, and what are the expectations for students?

3. How is homework approached, and how frequently is it set?

4. Can you provide insights into the class size and teaching methods?

5. Does the school use a set system for subjects, and how flexible is it?

School Open Evening FAQs:

1. Should I bring my child to the open evening?

   - Most open evenings are designed for both parents and children. Check the event details, and if possible, bring your child along.

2. How can I find out about open evenings?

   - Check the school's website, local press, online platforms, and education authority websites for information on open evenings.

3. What should I wear to an open evening?

   - Dress in smart casual clothing. There's no need for formal attire, but wear something comfortable, and consider practical shoes for the tour.

Attending a school open evening well-prepared with questions and observations can help you make an informed decision about the right school for your child.

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