Types of Education

Schools, in collaboration with parents and the communities they operate in, mould children to be responsible adults through the provision of knowledge, skills and guidance on different aspects of our society. In the United Kingdom, Education is categorized into four stages: primary, mid-level, secondary and college education. There are different types of schools offering primary and secondary level education including: community schools, free schools, foundation schools, trust schools, voluntary - aided schools, voluntary-controlled schools, academies, an Independent School, online schools, schools that specialise in particular subjects, faith and grammar schools. There are also schools that offer education to children who may have special needs.

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Understanding different types of schools

Community schools are run and funded by the community in which they are located while free schools are funded by the government and in most cases, they are considered to be academies. They are run by companies formed by those who proposed their establishment and the company can change the curriculum, the delivery channels as well as the school dates to suit the needs of the local community. Foundation schools are set up and funded by the local authorities but are run by their own governing bodies. Trust schools are types of foundation schools which are run by their duly formed governing body but which establish charitable trusts with third parties.

Voluntary-aided schools are run under different religious institutions but students are free to join irrespective of their religion. They are funded by the religious institution in collaboration with the local authorities. Voluntary controlled schools are the similar to voluntary-aided schools except for the funding which solely falls on the local authority. Academies are funded by the state and students enjoy free services. The schools are set up by donors from different industries in collaboration with the government. However, the academies have freedom to determine their own curriculum and activities. An independent school charges fees to students which are then used to cater for the day to day operations. The school may also get funds from donors as well as investments in different sectors of the economy.

Online schools and courses

Online education courses are virtual classes that are delivered with the aid of modern technology. These schools may offer either secondary or college level education to their students. Online classes offer the conventional courses offered in brick and mortar schools. Online courses are cheaper than conventional courses. They also save you time especially if the school or institution is a bit far from your dwelling. In addition, online classes give you a chance to study from different institutions all over the world at the comfort of your home.

Best school

Generally, you cannot say any type of school is better than the other. The best school for your children will be dictated by your kid's needs. You should evaluate their needs and match them to potential schools before you approach the schools. Whether to involve the child in choosing the school depends on their age and your parenting style. Remember that at times, your opinion about a school may be skewed and upon discovery that it doesn't service your child's needs, you ought to discuss the way forward with the school and your child.