WHAT A WELL RUN SCHOOL LOOKS LIKE

Everywhere you look in Nigeria there is a private school, either new and bubbling or old and struggling. Most educators dive into this field without truly understanding what it means to run a school successfully. When selecting a school for their wards, parents have an uncanny ability to spot a well-run school out of the large pool of viable options.
As a school administrator, the way you run the school determines the success of your students and your school as a whole. Is your goal to be the leading school in your area, community or state? Then your focus must be on fine-tuning all the components of your school to make sure they all work together seamlessly to achieve that goal. There are certain things to take into consideration while running a school. The aims, objectives, vision, mission, and values of the school. All these will be your guiding principles to running the school.

Benefits of a Well Run School

source: Crane college.

Looking at the big picture, a well-run school becomes an integral part of a better society in the future. It is said that the school is one of the most important basic social institutions that can either make or break a society. Yes, you believe in the society and making it a better place, but what does this mean for your bottom-line?
Improved teacher welfare, better learning environment, and quality education project an image of success in the eyes of the parents. Pro-student and Pro-teacher policies made in the school become evident in the overall performance of your students, and this helps maintain positive student retention rates in your school.

Source: Concordia junior academy, Yola.

Key Components of a Well-Run School
Teachers’ Welfare
Teachers’ welfare is paramount in a well-run school. The teachers are vital assets to the well-being of the school, hence, must be adequately taken care of. To evaluate how a school is properly run, there is a need to assess how the teachers are doing on the job and in their career advancement. The teachers that are well motivated and trained are encouraged to give nothing less than their best. A well-run school provides a conducive teaching environment and, encourages innovative teaching practices. The teachers are well paid and, consistently so. The teachers are also given autonomy over their students to an extent. A well-run school definitely makes the Teachers’ Welfare a top priority.

Source: the white dove schools

Students’ Performance
Parents look forward to the excellent performance of their wards. A well-run school is sure to produce excellent students. This occurs as a result of the conducive environment for learning the school has put in place. The academic curriculum and extra-curricular activities are also not left out. Students are exposed to a great learning experience in a well-run school. They are encouraged to go on excursions, competitions, outdoor activities, all in a bid to enhance their learning process. The students are also duly assessed to determine their level of academic performance. Counselors are available to the students for career counseling or issues relating to their social or mental health.

source : The bells comprehensive secondary school

Parents’ Participation
Parents Participation is evident in good and quality schools. A complete learning process involves the Students, Teachers, and Parents. Parents are encouraged to participate in the decision-making process for the benefits of their wards, through Parents, Teachers Association (PTA). Parents are also involved in the learning process of their wards through volunteering, visiting day etc. Forums, both online and offline are established and active, and parents are free to express their views, opinions, and recommendations to the school regarding set policies or proposed policies.

Source: Chrisland Predegree college

Quality Education
A well-run school stands for quality education which leads to a better society. The administrators of a well-run school prioritize quality education over profit making. They see to the adequate and necessary facilities needed to make the school a standard one. They instill leadership skills into the Students and Teachers. Teachers are constantly being trained and updated on innovated and effective methods of teaching. Students are guided and given a real-life application of the lessons they learn on campus.

Conclusion
A well-run school is the pride of every school administrator. While having good leadership experience is key, you must also have the integrity, diligence and a strategic mind to run a school well. Identify your priorities and, carry every stakeholder (Students, Teachers and Parents) involved along. With all these, you are sure to produce the school of your dreams.

 

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SCHOOL COUNSELING: Why is it Important for Your School And Its Growth?

Take a look back at your early school years; what did you really know about life, money, business and the world? – Absolutely nothing! A child’s school years are defining moments in their life, it is at this stage that they develop their personalities and make important decisions that set the tone for the rest of their lives. With this much pressure and not enough life experience to learn from, it is important that they are guided and supported in all critical decision-making areas of their lives. As much as their parents act as their primary guides in life, it is important that the school play a large part in guiding the students as well and this is achieved through the school’s Guidance and Counseling system.
Nigerian private schools are gradually beginning to integrate counseling programs in their schools, and are reaping the benefits with students not just being able to make informed decisions about their future, but also be guided through learning disabilities, mental issues, and social interaction. If you are looking to establish a successful School Counseling program at your school here is what you need to know.

What is School Counseling?

Source: Forte Yard Montessori School

School counseling is campus-based counseling that focuses on helping students make the best of their education while guiding them to develop optimally on all other aspects of their lives. School counselors work daily to help students make sense of the confusing world of academics and early adulthood, from choosing areas of study to dealing with friends, family issues and grief, school counseling programs cover all bases.

What does a School Counselor Do?
School Counselors strive to keep the best interests of each student at heart. These counselors are primarily responsible for career development; however, over the years their roles have evolved to include various counseling services. By evaluating each student’s strengths, weaknesses, interests, talents, and aspirations, the school counselor is able to provide tailored guidance program for each student. The duties of a school counselor typically include:

  • Academic and Career Counseling

    The first and most important duty of a school counselor is career counseling. Counselors assess the interests, capabilities, and performance of each student to help guide them towards a fitting career path. They help students identify and select which areas of study align with their overall career goals, this could include making the choice between sciences, commerce or arts.
    The school counselor also prompts students to take part in relevant programs and activities that set them on the path to gaining admission into a top university and career programs after they graduate. This could include extracurricular activities such as sports, community service, volunteering, part-time jobs and more. They also provide guidance to students having general academic related issues such as time management, declining performance, and study plans.

  • Teachers Guide

    Source: The Bells Comprehensive Secondary school

    Although the school counselors are primarily responsible for students, they also provide support services to the teachers in the school. School counselors may be called upon to handle disciplinary issues raised by teachers or serve as a mediator of issues between students and teachers. Teachers also benefit from the relationships formed between school counselors and students and can tap into the counselor’s wealth of information to gain insight into student behavior. School counselors also play an advisory role in school management in a time of school policy restructuring.

  • Social and Emotional Counseling

    Source: Grenville Schools

    Students face an onslaught of social, mental and emotional issues during their school years and rely on the support of a dedicated school counselor to get them through these trying times. At times where students do not feel comfortable talking about their problems at home, they will always have a listening ear in a school counselor. Issues such as bullying, drug abuse, and self-esteem and family issues can be raised and discussed in a safe and secure manner. School counselors facilitate group counseling sessions, and as the need arises it could be student-parent consultation, parent-teacher consultation or parent-parent consultations covering a wide range of educational, social or disciplinary issues.

Hiring a School Counselor
School counselors are fast becoming vital players in the school faculty, as their role requires them to take on more responsibilities than any other member of staff. Not only do they work directly with the students, they also work closely with teachers, parents and school management. The duties of the school counselor highlight the inherent benefits of a school counseling program, and it is advisable that private schools in Nigeria set up a school counselor program.

Source: The White Dove Schools

As this field is still somewhat uncharted in Nigeria, it can be a hassle finding able School Counselors. Key defining qualifications of an ideal candidate for this role include a Degree in Psychology, Education, Counseling or any related field; the ability to be empathetic, patient and compassionate; the drive to play a part in the successful development of the future generation of leaders.

 

Students who can rely on the able-hands and experience of a counselor at school seldom go astray when making critical life decisions regarding their education, future career path, and personal life. A guidance and counseling programme in your school will not only improve the quality of students but will also enhance the confidence of parents in your school’s ability to help their children discover and maximize their hidden potentials. Remember, parents, are a great engine for referrals to your school when they believe they are getting a better deal at your school.

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