We Don’t Need No Education...
Is homework possibly the scariest word known to any 11-16 year old? I think so! It’s common knowledge that most children don’t enjoy going to school. To a child, a good education doesn’t tend to be at the top of the ‘to-do-list’; with friendship, TV and toys often taking priority. But how important is it for a child to have a good education?
Education has become one of the most quintessential foundations of today’s society. A good education is said to set you on the right road, the road to good health and happiness. A good education is said to give you a better quality of life, better opportunities and in the long run, a brighter future. During a School education a child learns not only a syllabus, but also undergoes both a physical and mental growth, learning lessons they will continue to utilise through their entire lives.
GCSE’s stand their ground on any CV and are seen as a basic necessity when being considered for any job, so High School really is the starting point for having a successful career. From having a High School education a child can continue to further education. This includes A-Levels, BTEC’s and qualifications such as degrees and national diploma’s, all of which aid a successful, highly paid career. So how do you convince a child to take their education more seriously?
• Give them an incentive!
Children are pretty easily persuaded when it comes to bribery, so arm yourself with the right tools (perhaps let them have the telly for an hour once their homework’s finished) and you’ll be sure to get a result.
• Make learning fun!
Try introducing your children to some computer based learning. Websites such as the BBC’s ‘GCSE Bitesize’ provide quizzes and even games that are designed to make learning the required material more fun and interesting and follow a standard syllabus. GCSE Bitesize provides learning material for 19 different subjects (and is particularly good for core subjects; maths, English and science) and is also available to download to your mobile phone. So kids can test themselves whilst they’re on the move, a perfect and technologically advanced solution (sure to impress your children). For further details see: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize
If you’re looking to convince your child to further their education (once they’ve finished high school) then try letting them know they can make themselves a little money.
EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) is a government incentive to try and persuade young people to continue their education, giving them a small amount of money (based on their household income) to put towards materials needed for college etc.
EMA is; “cash in your hands to help you carry on learning, if you’re 16, 17 or 18 and have left, or are about to leave, compulsory education. EMA spells fewer money worries with up to £30 a week during term time” and is a great way of persuading children to consider further education. For information on how to apply for EMA visit: www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/14To19/MoneyToLearn/EMA