英國公立與私立學校

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我同時在公立學校與私立學校教書,這其中的差別還真是很大呢.

私立學校的學費超級昂貴,學生各個來頭都不小,某國的公主和王子,總理的兒子女兒,這裡隨便抓都一堆.
學生說想學騎馬,學校就會想辦法找馬來,甚至買馬兒,蓋馬槽,找馬術老師來教,找場地,甚至蓋一個新場地.
學生開口說想學什麼,只要家長付錢,學校沒有不辦的事.
這是私立學校的優點,在課業之餘,學校也相當鼓勵學生發展其他技能.
我就是一個證明,因為有學生說想學中文,學校便聘中文老師,那就是我.


因為很多學生都來頭不小,有些連校方也不敢直接得罪,所以很多學生都很大頭,自以為了不起,高傲,極度缺乏禮貌.
突顯了那些謙和的學生們,相當受到老師們的喜愛.

私立學校說穿了,是利益導向,我教書的這一間,一年內在海外又另設了兩個分校.
設分校沒有什麼,問題是當母校都顧得七零八落的時候,設分校這個舉動就顯得有些突兀不當.

有些教室用了一年還是沒有燈,英國入冬之後,下午四點就天黑了,那些老師上課竟然得自備手電筒,真是我前所未見.
直到用那教室的老師忍不住,提出了「建議」,學校才進入為該教室裝燈的程序.
我一直以為照明設備是一間教室的基本配備,甚至連停電的緊急用燈也應該是啟用之前就該安裝並測試完畢的.
何況這是一間收費昂貴的私立學校,我以為應該會有更高的標準,莫非是我期望太高?

每個星期有一段時間是學生可以出去市中心逛逛的,由校車統一載出去,有負責的老師陪同.
但上個學期,校車司機辭職了,理由說的很明白:「學生粗魯無理,陪同的老師又不管,讓我感到非常丟臉,因此不幹.」
瞧,連司機都有很高的羞恥心,他想做一份令他感到驕傲的工作,但不在這裡.

然而,一個正規學校最重要的是什麼?
我個人首重師資,而學校對於聘請與培養好老師的態度最是關鍵.
好老師未必要高學歷,但必須熱誠教育,必須用心與學生相處.
孩子若能遇到一個上課盡心,課外還關心他們的好老師,那影響是非常深遠的.

同一份工作做久了會感到麻痺,會有挫折,會消退當初的雄心壯志,這很自然,人之常情.
但如果學校能夠積極鼓勵,不時提醒,對於老師們維持這份心情是極有幫助的.

我今年九月才剛開始在公立學校裡教書,自從受聘起,我已經上了兩個在職訓練的課程,都是政府付錢辦的受訓課程.
是的,不僅課程我不用付錢,政府還願意付錢請我去上課,去不去則由我自己決定.
一月份起,又有一連串這樣的課程,我已經挑了四堂課要去.

每年還都有專人在你上課的時候進來觀察,然後告訴你哪裡做得很好,哪裡可以加強.
觀察員回去之後,還會給你一份書面報告,另外針對他覺得你應該加強的地方,建議訓練課程,去不去依然是由你自己決定.

在職訓練不單單是一種技能上的增強,更有一種提醒的功能.
提醒社會及政府對於老師們有怎樣的要求,提醒身為老師該有怎樣的責任,提醒當老師的該做什麼及不該做什麼,提醒你當初的那份熱誠.
我在私立學校教了一年多,什麼訓練課程都沒聽過沒見過,一旦受聘,只要和校方老師及學生處得好,不犯大錯,基本上也算是一個鐵飯碗了.

私立學校的學生年紀範圍較廣,從10歲到20多歲都有.
因為包含了成年的學生,所以設了老師和學生一起的吸煙區,是的,吸煙區,還和老師一起咧,我都不知道這竟可以是校方明著支持的一項行為.
雖說成年後可以自主決定吸煙與否,但畢竟混著很多年幼的學生,這難道不算是不良示範?當老師的身教責任到哪兒去了?

海外留學生沒有權利進公立學校,清一色都只能唸私立的.
他們的父母或許從來沒有來看過學校長啥樣,都是仲介辦的;就算來看過,或許也不知道對於英國的學校應該有怎樣的要求,說明白了,也就只能隨學校和仲介亂搞了.
學生年紀小,更不會知道什麼叫做好學校,只要和同學們玩得開心就夠了,本來挑學校就是父母的工作.
英國也有很多父母將他們的小孩送進私立學校,我也必須說真的有很讚的私立學校,但少阿.

那些為了凸顯自己有錢,為了說出去有面子,而堅持送小孩進私立學校的父母就留給別人去當吧.
將來我的孩子,都要送公立學校.

104 Comments

  • yiwen says:

    請問一下
    因為我想到英國念碩士,但小孩必須帶在身邊(約莫3歲),那可以申請念公立學校幼稚園享受免費的教育嗎,還是要額外付費或有其他的選擇
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    • Emily@UK says:

      如果你沒有英國的居留權, 小孩無法享受免費教育, 但可以付費讓他唸幼稚園 (nursery), 可念到4歲. 英國學制是滿4歲後的第一個9月起就上小學, 之後可念私立小學.

  • Leslie says:

    你好!
    請問一下:我一家準備辦理投資移民去英國,但頭五年只有臨時居留權,五年後才可申請轉為永久居留,想請問持有臨時居留權的頭五年,我家小孩可否申請入讀公立小學?謝謝!

  • Dorcas says:

    你好!我想問有持有英國國民護照,我個兒子持特區護照,14歲,我想如果我想去英國工作長住及我兒子想跟埋一齊去,能否讀公立學校讀及要如何辦理手續?

  • Kelvin says:

    你好!我教英文科的十年(香港),如果沒有PGCE,NQT或QTS,現在打算移民到英國,在哪個途徑和方法找到教英文的工作? 例如私校的EFL教師? 或能教授overseas學生英語?

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