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Can Academic Support Help to Avoid the Famous “School Dropout?”

By Yann, published on 22/09/2018 Blog > Tutoring > Advice for Students > Private Tuition to Avoid Dropping Out of School

School dropouts, what is that?

The Collins Dictionary defines the word drop out as:

“A student who fails to complete a school or college course.” 

One in five British students drops out of school before the graduating age of 16. There are many factors but common ones include loss of confidence in professional teachers, lack of personalized support and parental guidance.

Yet education is a major asset in today’s society!

Few careers can be formed without a minimum of the GCSE and A-Level exams. Without passing these exams, accessibility to prestigious universities is impossible.

In addition, school dropout often leads to the social exclusion of students who lose faith in the functioning of the country and its leaders.

avoid school dropouts Those who drop out of school at an early age experience social exclusion and awkwardness in the future.  (Source: Visual Hunt)

Other figures from academic advisors show that over 25,000 students or 1 in every 24 students in the United Kingdom drops out of school at the age of 14 before even starting their GCSEs in Year 10.

The reason?

Students at this age believe that school has nothing more to offer them. They later end up in poorly paid jobs or without jobs at all living on the streets.

This is a parent’s worst nightmare so many parents are now resorting to one on one home tutoring to fight against early school leaving.

Pedagogical and effective, private teachers offer supplemental instruction that works to engage, boost academic average and ensure student success!

At What Age Can Students Exit the School System?

Dropping can even affect the youngest of students.

Why?

Because children and parents alike know that traditional school is not necessarily the only way to educate youth.

Some British parents across the United Kingdom prefer homeschooling, for example, correspondence courses or the use of private tutors to ensure the academic success of the young student.

Therefore, at what age can students officially leave school?

There are various answers to that question: 

  • GOV.UK states that students can leave school on the last Friday in June if you’ll be 16 by the end of the summer holidays. However, pupils must stay in fulltime education at a college, start an apprenticeship, or spend 20 hours volunteering a week while in part-time education until the age of 18.
  • In some schools, students can leave school at the age of 14 if they are not academically minded. However, they must be immediately placed in a college to receive vocational training until they are legally allowed to enter the workforce.
  • Homeschooled students are legally allowed to never even enter the traditional school system! Nevertheless, parents must give their students a part-time or full-time education.

Is a student who drops out of school completely doomed to academic failure?

The answer is NO!

Students may choose to leave school early for many personal reasons such as the religious beliefs of the pupil or his parents.

At-home schooling is booming in the UK with a 40% increase in the past years of homeschooled students. Numbers have gone up from 34,000 estimated pupils in 2014 to over 48,000 in 2017.

Here are some logical reasons why parents decide to homeschool their children:

  • The superiority and personal interest of the education provided by parents in comparison to traditional schoolteachers. However, remember that private tutoring is preferable to parental omnipresence in this situation,
  • Religious motives,
  • The poor quality of school influences and negative peer pressure,
  • Objection and distaste for the National Educational System curriculum,
  • Inadequate level of school education and need for full-time remedial support.

However, in the vast majority of cases, school dropout is related to the student’s inability to cope with the difficulties of formal education.

From the flawed point of view of the student, the teacher does not have academic skills or lacks pedagogical education, offers no suggestions to assist with homework and is unable to deepen his academic achievements.

British students begin to no longer trust their teachers to help them succeed in their schooling.

For students without any intrinsic or extrinsic help, dropping out of school seems like the only logical option and it becomes inevitable.

Online tutoring is the secret to help!

How does the National Education System Fight Against School Dropouts?

Some parents consider extra school support to fight the errors of the National Education System.

The British Government also has many ideas to fight against an early school leaving. 

All are affected by dropouts Early school leaving can affect all students even the most studious and dedicated ones. (Source: Visual Hunt)

With Britain having more school dropouts than most other developed countries, the topic has taken top priority with many reforms and dropout programmes proposed each year to help young people in difficulty.

The proposed solutions change year after year but here are some that remain mostly the same:

  1. School or class restructuring (offering more remedial support, tutoring and homework help),
  2. Vocational training (internships or employment related to student’s future career),
  3. Mentors and counselling (more personalized specialists to help pupils choose a future career or help them deal with personal issues that could be causing scholastic failure),
  4. Alternative schools that are designed to help those who rebel against the traditional school system,
  5. Attendance monitoring (some of these programmes even propose monetary prizes for perfect or near-perfect attendance, incentive to keep underprivileged students from missing school),
  6. College orientated programming (help to prepare for the college curriculum),
  7. Case management that connects students and parents with the appropriate student services.

School dropouts are not just dangerous for the student but also for the future of the country. That’s why so many incentives are being implemented, today’s youth are Britain’s future!

Indeed, many precious talents are lost due to failed education. 

School dropouts are not synonymous with lack of intelligence or capacity in the student, far from it!

Someone who is gifted may drop out of the school system due to a certain malfunction or lack of follow up and academic coaching from a schoolteacher.

To combat these situations and circumstances, it is first necessary to remedy a major problem faced by schools today: absents!

The overall pupil absence rate in the UK is 4.5% with 1 in 10 of those school children being classified as “persistently absent.”

There are more absences in secondary school than there are in primary school and the number of unauthorized absences has increased from previous years.

A BBC team asked pupils across the country as to why they were skipping schools. There were many different answers but the most popular reasons include depression, bullying, anxiety and little interest in the subject being taught. 

“Really, linear equations again (major sighs and groaning)?”

Another contributing factor to absenteeism is that student’s do not feel connected to their teacher and they do not want to “waste time” attending the class of the teacher they do not like.

Despite the National Education System’s best efforts to install new academic structures, we must first nip the problem in the bud: in what ways can we awaken the interest of a student disappointed by the school system?

How can Remedial Teaching Help a Student Continue his Academic Studies?

To overcome and help with the difficulties encountered by your child in school, the ideal solution is tutoring services.

Academic coaching can take many forms: providing the learner with new study strategies, preparing for test taking, getting the pupil ready for the next academic year. The sky’s the limit!

First of all, the home tutor offers intensive and well-paced sessions in all of the core subjects studied in school:

  • English and Literature,
  • Math,
  • Modern Foreign Languages such as German, French and Spanish,
  • History and Geography,
  • Humanities,
  • Philosophy,
  • Chemistry and Physics,
  • Biology,
  • The Arts,
  • Music classes,
  • and even Physical Education!

In addition, during at-home tutoring, the private teacher can help your child pinpoint his strengths and weaknesses. 

motivation for students Every child needs positive reinforcement and encouragement in order to succeed! (Source: Visual Hunt)

Thanks to a structured and well-paced schedule, private academic mentoring can be a real weapon against bad grades!

In addition to advising the student and passing on his study skills, personal tutors become helpful educational mentors that enable your child to make wise decisions during his school orientation. 

The goal of the private teacher, is above all, the academic success of the student: unlike traditional school teachers, tutors provide personalized educational support that will help your child succeed and make him feel more encouraged!

Remedial teaching is of great help during exam periods:

  • GCSEs,
  • The ever important A-Level exams,
  • BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council, especially for those who are seeking a career in business, technology, economics or mathematics),
  • International Baccalaureate,
  • University Midterm Exams,
  • Entry exams for private schools or distinguished universities.

Success on these exams is obviously essential to ensure the continuity of studies: with the A-Levels in your back pocket, your child can have access to the majority of educational institutions!

Success instils self-confidence in the pupil and this is necessary to avoid early school leaving.

From the beginning of the school year, the academic instructor will coach the student and help to improve his skills. The academic advisor calmly and without pressure considers the future career options of the student.

Punctual and pedagogical, private tutors even offer coaching sessions via webcam. Ideal for a student with a busy life!

Educational Support: A New Way to Make Studying Fun!

Praised by parents and students alike, private tutoring is a great way to see education differently. 

So what are the main differences between at-home, private tutoring sessions and traditional teaching?

Above all, it’s the pedagogy that takes precedence.

Learning on the go Tutoring can be done over Skype or by using learning apps on your smartphone. Remedial help has never been so easy or fun! (Source: Visual Hunt)

Student-to-teacher discussions help the private tutor to build lessons tailored specifically to your child’s learning.

The student will be able to fall in love with learning again thanks to:

  • A constant revision of the lessons learned, so as not to be “lost” between the different subjects,
  • The use of technology: smartphones, tablets, apps, Skype, Rosetta Stone etc.,
  • The possibility of learning in a new environment (house, park, coffee shop etc.),
  • Learn new revision techniques such as “mind-mapping”,
  • Supplemental homework help,
  • Oral communication: can cause students to better retain their lessons,
  • The exchange with the teacher to understand his academic difficulties,
  • The ability to take online classes at a time convenient for the student reduces a lot of stress!

In many cases, a special relationship is created between the pupil and his private teacher: more than just a teacher, the personal tutor becomes a friend who helps the student cope with the difficulties of school life. 

The feeling of being just another one in the classroom is long gone!

The private teacher knows by heart the different course subjects of the student, his difficulties and his strengths.

The parents of Mica Bowman speak very positively about hiring a private tutor:

“Mica has established a good rapport with her tutors and has gained in confidence as a result of the tutoring”

Private tuition thus makes it possible to boost the student’s academic average, stimulate the child’s motivation and self-confidence and above all achieve the main objectives of the National Education System (fewer dropouts, higher passing grades etc.)

A private teacher will be able to make student learning more enjoyable thanks to new and modern teaching techniques!

To avoid catching up, or evening dropping out of school, private education is the perfect solution!  

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