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British School System

Great Britain is known for having one of the strictest and discipline related school systems in the world, also with the previous physical punishment in mind. In other words, is the system costumed the pupils learning and personal development, both [...]

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UK School System

Education in England is overseen by the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Local authorities take responsibility for implementing policy for public education and state schools at a regional level.The education system is divided into [...]

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United Kingdom Education System

Student entry age: 5 Student graduation age: 16 Publicly funded schools: 90% England and Wales students within the 30,000 schools: 8.5 million Scotland students within the 5,000: 830,000 Northern Ireland students within the 1,300 schools: 350,000 Curriculum: National School Funding: 5 education and [...]

 

United Kingdom Education System

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Student entry age: 5
Student graduation age: 16
Publicly funded schools: 90%
England and Wales students within the 30,000 schools: 8.5 million
Scotland students within the 5,000: 830,000
Northern Ireland students within the 1,300 schools: 350,000
Curriculum: National
School Funding: 5 education and library boards which control what funds are given to which schools.
Besides pubic funds: Available grants
Core subjects: Math, science, and English (also Welsh)
Foundation subjects: Design and technology, history/ geography, foreign languages, art and music
Grades and Transcripts: GCSE, SCE and AS and A-Level examination results
Students enrolled in higher education: 1.8 million
Attendance rates: nearly 100%!

Grade levels: Referred to as key stages
Key Stage 1: 5-7 years old
Key Stage 2: 7-11 years old
Key Stage 3: 11-14 years old
Key Stage 4: 14-16 years old
Primary education: Key Stage 1-2
Secondary education: Key Stage 3-4

Grading scale: 64-100 are considered A, 50-63 B, 38-49 C, 35-37 D, and 34 and below are F.
Literacy Rate: Nearly 99%!
Higher Education options: Universities, Open Colleges and Universities, College and Institution of Higher Education, College of Technology, and Teacher Training College.
Higher Education dropouts: 14.1%

British School System

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Great Britain is known for having one of the strictest and discipline related school systems in the world, also with the previous physical punishment in mind. In other words, is the system costumed the pupils learning and personal development, both social and academic? Is it the best solution for the majority? To what extent does “discipline” play a role in the British school system?

Historic flashback

British schools, as schools in other countries had very strict and disciplined system in the 19th and early 20th centuries. For instant, the boarding schools from the early 20th centuries which including separated boy and girl schools, school uniforms and physical punishment. Even if the general British school system has been developed and changed some of the methods significantly, though the current system, more than other countries, is influenced by the old standard. However, since World War II, the schools have moved away from the physical punishment toward more humanely methods using both positive rewards and a variety of less coercive punishments, such as writing lines, doing chores or various restrictions.

Private and public school:

Why is there such a clear difference between the private and public school today, in terms of the excising discipline standards?
The private school has always had stiffer discipline than the public school. A definitive answer is hard to find. However a logical answer could be that the private system actually is based on a private drift with an independent responsibility. As a result of this, introduced stricter limits based on appearance and impression, to defend the school’s name and honor. For instant the teachers are most likely setting higher demands and expect more from the students in terms of the official school results. Since we associate school uniform with private school, school uniform could be used as a symbol for exclusivity and perhaps a way of express quality, discipline and that the school is well functioned.

The function of discipline:

A strict and conservative school system can be both good and bad, but depends on the point of view. First of all, the word discipline can be defined in many ways. According to an article (English school uniforms, chronological trends) about the English school system and discipline, is discipline an idea of training to act in accord with a set of rules and expectations. I think this definition is a suitable and precise definition. Some may think of punishment when they hear the word discipline, but it is more like a method to achieve discipline and make the student to act in order of the given rules and expectations.

However discipline can appear in different level. A dose of discipline is basically needed in the classroom, if not, teaching is almost impossible. When it comes to teaching the teacher has an important responsibility, even if the student is enforced to acquire knowledge mostly by their self. This is more important in the primary school than in the secondary school, because the students are certain more mature and independent.

In other words, discipline is important for the teacher and student relation. A balanced and mutual relationship between student and teacher means in my head that the teacher gets both respect and effort from the students while the student gets a good teaching and follow-up from the teacher. It includes a common goal in mind: improve the student’s academic abilities.

The ideal teacher

As mentioned earlier, to get this ideal situation, teacher got most of the power. The teacher has to have authority in the classroom and the way he or she is teaching, affair and strategies to continue knowledge has a lot to say. Teachers generally in Britain are known for having (especially in the private sector) it strict, and also a little excessive demands and expectations. This type of teacher is often expressing this desire with a lot of feelings, could be aggressive or just have a dominative and authoritarian expression. The method become’s more like frightening the students to learn. Some students can feel this a bit difficult. They don’t manage the pressure and all the up coming challenges. They often end up with a fear of getting punished by the teacher in addition to psychical problems. This is not just affecting the social situation but also the academic. According (Authoritarian discipline is not working) science is showing that a lot sanctions is not the key to achieve discipline.

On the other hand, many students feel comfortable with strict discipline and need “the push” to work and accomplish good results. It’s important to have some goals for the students to reach for and of course an effective type of development when it comes to learning.

Competition and learning- environment

Without considering the affection from the individual teacher, the school system is arranged so the pupils get classified after skills, already in a young age. This is facilitating the teaching when they specializing the classes by different levels. However I believe it’s creating an unhealthy competition between the students and also opens up for bullying. For they who gets placed in a week group it is not exactly the source to motivation. With out welfare, both social and academic, it is difficult to learn. A little more open and relaxed learning environment with room for creativity would be good for the student.

On the other hand, the school is in many ways a preparation for the reality and how to deal with possible challenges in the future. In this case to cope with competition is important, and therefore the equality principle between the students could be a little credulous. They with special abilities within diffrent subject, have to develop it and not limitations. Therefore accommodated teaching could be a good solution. Al though, the society needs to fill different positions.

Is the Britain existing type of discipline working for all students, today? I would say that in function the strict standard could be a disadvantage for the majority, perhaps an advantage for the smaller group. Several of the British students often end up diffrent issues, social and academic. Many are not completing secondary school, and some even in primary school. Still, Great Britain scores high in different international academic tests. I believe it would be better for the students to gather knowledge and develop in a less strict and conservative learning environment. The teacher should have authority and give the students a desire to learn instead of scare them to it.

UK School System

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Education in England is overseen by the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Local authorities take responsibility for implementing policy for public education and state schools at a regional level.The education system is divided into nursery (ages 3–4), primary education (ages 4–11), secondary education (ages 11–18) and tertiary education (ages 18+).Full-time education is compulsory for all children aged between 5 and 16, with a child beginning primary education during the school year he or she turns 5.Students may then continue their secondary studies for a further two years (sixth form), leading most typically to A-level qualifications, although other qualifications and courses exist, including Business and Technology Education Council qualifications, the International Baccalaureate and the Cambridge Pre-U. The leaving age for compulsory education was raised to 18 by the Education and Skills Act 2008. The change will take effect in 2013 for 16-year-olds and 2015 for 17-year-olds.State-provided schooling and sixth form education is paid for by taxes. England also has a tradition of independent schooling, but parents may choose to educate their children by any suitable means.Higher education often begins with a three-year bachelor’s degree. Postgraduate degrees include master’s degrees, either taught or by research, and the doctorate, a research degree that usually takes at least three years. Universities require a Royal Charter in order to issue degrees, and all but one are financed by the state via tuition fees, which are increasing in size for both home and European Union students.