The Drawbacks of Private Schooling
The perceived advantages of an independent education are often discussed. Students are often able to benefit from a high staff to student ratio, with lots of individual attention; the facilities are often excellent and extra curricular activities tend to be widely available. Yet there may be some disadvantages to educating your child at a private school that you should consider before going ahead with this significant decision.
An Individual ChoiceFirst it must be noted that students and schools may thrive from very different features - some children benefit from competitive atmospheres, for example, while others may find these stifling. Private and selective schools are more likely to have a competitive atmosphere, but it must be noted that such comments are clearly generalisations, since obviously no private school is the same! So take any considerations of drawbacks of private schools with a pinch of salt and ensure you have devoted plenty of time and energy to visiting and researching any school that you are seriously considering sending your child to attend.
Social IssuesOne disadvantage to private schooling that some students and parents have reported is the lack of social mix. For example, if a particular independent school only takes students whose parents can afford to pay fees that might be out of reach of the average family, then it is likely that the attending pupils will only meet students from wealthy backgrounds.
Most independent schools nowadays however do not take this policy. Bursaries and scholarships ensure that these schools do have a good social mix, although this will depend on each school’s admissions policy. Educational Prototypes and Regulations
Unlike state schools which all normally have to follow the National Curriculum, private schools do not have to conform to specific educational regulations as prescribed by the state. This can be a good thing that enables extra flexibility and personally tailored educational plans for your child, but it is important to be aware that there might be more distinctive differences between private schools than state.