You are sending your children to schools designed to teach them to fail!
Written by The Transition on 11/03/2021
We caught up with the tutoring service ‘Eliticate’ and had a great conversation with them about how they plan to help young BAME people achieve an excellent education. Here is the advice we were given:
Public schools, what are they and why why do they exist?
Surprisingly in the U.K., public school does not refer to government funded education. Rather it refers to the most elite schools, a widely known example being Eton. For a quick look into this by The Economist, watch the below video.
State schools are the government funded schools that majority of young people attend. According to government officials, these schools are in place to ensure that all British residents received good quality education. If the education is so good, why is it that these same government officials, who regulate the funding and curriculum for state schools, do not send their children to these schools?
The statistics are clear. Students that attend government funded schools are 78% less likely to have GCSEs at a grade over Ungraded (U). On the other hand at one of the top public schools in the U.K. Wycombe Abbey 97.6% of students consistently achieved A*-A. 1⁄3 students are able to secure Oxbridge offers with the majority heading to Russell Group universities or prestigious Art schools. Studies have shown that there is a definitive correlation between these outcomes and quality of life. It is safe to say the opportunities that Russell Group university provide significantly influence the quality of life that a person will live. That is not to say it is impossible to reach great success are attending state school. However it is clear that those that make it are an exception to the rule.
What we have at the moment is parentocracy which is a system in which a child’s education must conform to the wealth and wishes of parents rather than the abilities and efforts of the pupil.
What can YOU do to secure your child’s future?
- Understand the difference between the state school curriculum and the “elite school” curriculum. www.eliticate.com for help. Use this to home school your child. It is important for children to go to school to build on their social education, and we understand time is limited, but spending some time with your child every night working through their curriculum helps a lot (an hour a day could make the biggest difference).
- If your child is in primary school, it is easier to transition them into a grammar school. Grammar schools have higher success rates potentially due to the student teacher ratios (less students per teachers). Here is an article that could help. There are also services that will help you prepare your child for grammar school examination (www.eliticate.com )
- Send your child to private or “public” school if you can afford to.
- Find a private tutor. Private tuition can be costly but will give your child the one to one attention that has been scientifically proven to improve academic outcomes. Make sure to find a tutoring service that does not randomly allocate your child to a tutor, your child needs to build a bond with the tutor for this to work best. Also if your child is older (GCSE over) it is best to pair them with a tutor in the field they are hoping to go into (e.g. medicine, law etc).
This tutoring service boasts lower prices than the chain services. The fact that it is privately owned means that you have access to the owner, which gives you the opportunity to decide who tutors your child. They do free trials until your child has found the perfect tutor for them. In fact they are formed by a group of experts who only employ other experts. The founder is in the medical field, tutors are doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, computer scientists and more. They also have tutors who have gone to grammar school and can advise and prepare your child to go themselves. As well as teachers who have attended red brick institutions (e.g. oxford architect and Cambridge medicine) who can guide your child to these pathways. The owner even added a direct line to her on the site which is www.eliticate.com.
To conclude, Eliticate would advise to keep an eye on the curriculum and teach your children at home as much as possible because the odds are stacked against them, and it’s free. However, if you don’t have the time but you do have £10 – £20 a week to spare, they advise getting your child that leg up that will allow them to be the exception to the rule.