What makes a great remedial school?

Many parents have children who have experienced challenges on the road to academic success. Some find they need to turn to remedial schools for help. An excellent remedial school can make all the difference in the life of a child who needs help in learning and development. What are the attributes of an excellent remedial school?

What is a remedial school?

Let’s begin by defining what a remedial school is. A remedial school is an educational institution which seeks to assist learners in overcoming obstacles in their educational development. The word comes from the same root as the word “remedy”. The role of the remedial educator or specialist is to find remedies for the problems facing the struggling learner. Their goal is to see the learner performing on the same level as his or her peers.

What, then, makes for a great remedial school?

Individual attention. A great remedial school relies on the assessments of qualified specialists. These assessments provide an accurate profile for each child entering the program. Japari works according to a tailored Individual Educational Plan for each child who attends. We revise the plan term by term. We ensure that the progress of each learner is monitored so that adjustments can be made where necessary.

It is important to remember that each child is unique and special. A one-size-fits-all approach is not as effective as providing for the needs of each individual child.

Holistic approach. Our programs work on all areas of development. We look at motor skills, language skills, extracurricular development and more. We work with a wide range of specialists in education, psychology and other disciplines. Your child will be encouraged to reach his or her potential in all fields.

Nurturing environment. When a child faces these types of learning difficulties, his or her confidence can take a knock. The child has already felt like they are not measuring up to their peer group by the time they discover their need for remedial attention. (The parents often feel the same!) The last thing that you or your child needs in the situation is to feel belittled or under pressure. Rather, the situation requires a relaxed, encouraging environment in which the child can learn and grow.

We at Japari have tried to create this encouraging atmosphere where learners can feel built up rather than broken down. We celebrate successes and spur our learners on to achieve their greatest potential. Parents agree that we have succeeded in creating such an environment. Our educators care for and are invested in the lives of the learners.

Constant support. This is the strength of any great remedial program. Where children are battling in certain areas, we provide remedial support as necessary. We also have options for extra lessons in the afternoons.

Success stories. The proof is in the pudding. Japari has a proven track record of meeting the requirements of a great remedial school. All the above essentials are set in place from the foundation phase (Grade R-Grade 3). We receive ongoing letters of thanks and approval from parents who have seen the success of our programs first-hand. It gives us great satisfaction to see learners re-entering mainstream educational channels, and succeeding in their academic path.

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