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Discussion in 'Primary' started by OdetteBooysen, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. OdetteBooysen

    OdetteBooysen New commenter

    I would appreciate some valuable feedback, thoughts and experiences with regards to starting a school.

    I'm currently working abroad as a EFL teacher with the hope of starting my own school one day.

    I am well aware that I'd have to brush up my qualification as a Bachelors degree won't cut it. Other than that, I'm wondering what else......
  2. Landofla

    Landofla Established commenter

    Well, a shed load of money to start off with.
  3. OdetteBooysen

    OdetteBooysen New commenter

    I can well imagine that yes. Thanks for the valuable feedback.

  4. PRUman

    PRUman New commenter

    I'm genuinely intrigued as to your reasons for wanting to do this...
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    If you don't even have QTS then you aren't really in a position to start a school.
    Seriously? An EFL teacher as proprietor-head just doesn't sound plausible.

    Your profile says you have a wide range of 'specialist subjects', have you taught any of these at secondary level?
  6. galerider123

    galerider123 Lead commenter

    I presume you're thinking about a primary school?
  7. OdetteBooysen

    OdetteBooysen New commenter

    Hi PRUman

    Very interesting question. One that's made me dwell deep.

    I'll try avoid any sort of cliche approach and try an informative way of answering, with the hopes of getting some feedback again.

    At university, I enrolled for a Bachelors in Mathematical Sciences. After the first semester I realized that perhaps if I had "better teachers" in high school, the course would be less challenging. Needless to say I changed my whole degree to a Bachelors in Internediate Senior Education, majoring in Mathematics and Science in attempt to add my drop to the bucket.

    After teaching at both primary school level for 2 years and then at high school level for 2 years I realized I don't just want to be a teacher but also be part of a school's managerial sector. I've done a few Leadership workshops and training programs and realized I think I could definitely combine the business side of things with education.

    I've also always had a life goal to obtain a Phd degree in education and therefore fulfilling the role of the head of a school seems like the appropriate position.

    Working for a government school, at least in my home town isn't exactly first choice, as least not for me and therefore starting an education institute can not only furfil my desire to leave a legacy but also help the desire to achieve being able to operate my own thing I'm so passionate about.
  8. OdetteBooysen

    OdetteBooysen New commenter

    I've been doing quite a bit of research and it seems like a lot of sources suggest that starting a high school is often a bit "easier".

    At the moment I haven't exactly made a confirmed decision.

    This is all part of a 5 year plan. Do you have any input with regards to which sector of school you'd endeavor?
  9. OdetteBooysen

    OdetteBooysen New commenter

    I've taught my majors at secondary level for 2 years. I've also obtained some primary level experience where one is required to teach a total of 4 subjects, my two majors and then 2 of South Africa's official languages.

    Currently teaching in China is part of a bigger picture. I came here to teach English more for enriching my classroom practice experience. Learning different types of behaviorisms in the classroom. Being exposed to different "staff encounters" and being more involved with developing curriculums from scratch.
  10. galerider123

    galerider123 Lead commenter

    Sorry Odette, I only assumed primary as you started the post in the "Primary" thread. Are you wanting to start a school in South Africa then?
  11. OdetteBooysen

    OdetteBooysen New commenter

    Hi Galerider123

    Yes in South Africa.

    galerider123 likes this.
  12. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    If you're looking at starting a school in England, then the first thing I'd do is talk to the Local Authority and see if there is a need of any schools in the age range you are thinking of in that area. Then you'll need to look to see if there's is actually any potential land available where the school could go. Oh and get some more people together. It's not something you can really do on your own part-time.

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