Parents and Education: the Model of British Schools Alzira, Xàtiva and Gandia Group
British Schools Alzira, Xàtiva and Gandia started 20 years ago with the clear aim of being much more than a school, offering a system that molds on the individual needs of their pupils and actively
British Schools Alzira, Xàtiva and Gandia started 20 years ago with the clear aim of being much more than a school, offering a system that molds on the individual needs of their pupils and actively involves the parents. And it is on the relationship with the parents that we are going to focus today.
The British School is the first school in Spain to obtain the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) stamp, and is certified by the EFQM as an European model in educational management. According to EFQM, among the many fundamental concepts that a model in management has to have, creating a sustainable future, leading with vision and managing with agility are essential.
Thus the management of the British Schools, running a family business and parents themselves as well, included in their educational programme an essential part dedicated to parents and to the relationship between the school and the families. This vision not only develops a system in which the family is a core value in the pupils’ universe but also addresses the individual needs and concerns of the family just as it looks for every pupil to be motivated, integrated and happy within the school environment.
The evolution of British Schools Alzira, Xàtiva and Gandia Group is eloquently showing us the results of their programme. The School was founded in 1997 and since then they have been implementing the National British Curriculum, one of the most prestigious and advanced educational methods in the world. The method encourages an individualized teaching style with the pupil at its centre and has the final objective helping pupils to achieve their full potential. The British Schools started teaching the method with 46 pupils, in 1997, and currently have over 700. The individual approach, though, remains the same:
“The philosophy of the school still remains the same since its very beginning: a different way of understanding the role education plays in a pupil’s life.”
The management consider that for the parents to involved, constantly informed and play an active role in the education of their child, it takes the same dedication as it takes in teaching the pupil. This approach does not limit to the daily schooling programme but fully extends to all the Group’s events, like their Open Day of the last week when parents actually went to school for a day, taking part in all the activities, having lunch with their children and meeting the entire staff of the British Schools Group.
Here is another example that takes us even further away from the benches of the school and sets new standards in approaching communication with the parents. Director of the British Schools Alzira, Xàtiva and Gandia Group, Franc Corbí Ramón, soon starts what could be one of the most important television programmes on education. His School of Parents (Escuela de Padres) programme will be broadcasted on Saturday mornings throughout Spain on 13TV. The main focus will be on the parents’ needs to discuss and to be informed on topics such as how to educate at home, how to approach specific subjects, such as the use of mobile phones or how to speak to your teenager. The School of Parents will also be visiting leading schools throughout Spain and present their innovative ideas in the field of education so that they can become a source of inspiration to others.
And it will also include and agenda of the most vanguard educational events and will have a special section of interviews dedicated to famous parents, individuals of renowned social prestige who will share their thoughts and experience. The first persons invited are Ferran Adrià, the renowned chef of El Bulli, named one of the best restaurants in the world, and Pedro Duque, Spanish astronaut and the veteran of two space missions.
British School Alzira Group constantly prove themselves to be one of the most successful models of education, and here at Spain Life exclusive we inform our readers on weekly basis on the philosophy and core values of the Group, and on their educative project, the facilities of the schools and the latest events.
For more details on British School Alzira Group, check their website http://bsalzira.com/en/