Choosing the right learning environment for your child

When it comes to choosing a learning environment that’s right your child, there’s a lot to think about, from considering what they will learn and how, to the practical and social side a type of school could give them.


There are many options of schooling available today, each with its own learning environment. With this in mind, Rossall Boarding School lists some key types and how they might be right for you and your child.


Community schools


This is a common type of state school that’s controlled by local council. It isn’t influenced by business or religious groups, so can be a good choice if you don’t want your child to be religiously influenced at school and decide such things for themselves. Also, if your child already has friends in your local area, this can provide a good learning environment as many children that they know will attend.


Free schools


These state schools include foundation, as well as voluntary-aided schools such as faith schools. Their main benefit is they have more freedom in how things are run than community schools. This includes things like the length of terms and school days, such as choosing to start and end the school day earlier. This can help provide a more focused learning environment for your child, as early morning can be a most productive time to work. A faith school can also be good if you want your child to learn in a religious environment.  




While academies are mostly secondary schools, there are some academy primary schools in the UK. These are run by a governing body, independent of local council, and often receive additional support from corporate sponsors. They can follow a different curriculum than community and free schools and often focus on a particular subject, like technology or sport. This can make them an ideal environment to learn in if your child is good at, or has a strong interest in, these subjects.


Boarding schools


With children living at the school in the accommodation it provides, boarding schools are ideal if you want your child to be constantly challenged and gain some independence away from home. In today’s fast-paced world, you could argue that children need to grow up fast. Going down this route, where they’d need to be organised all day, every day, could help – from getting themselves out of bed and going to their classes to doing their homework and going to bed for a sensible time. There are also usually plenty of extracurricular activities on offer to keep them fit and active each day.


Private schools


Private or independent schools can also be boarding schools. They will arguable provide your child with better teaching facilities and equipment than other schools, as you pay a fee for your child’s education, rather than it being funded by the government. This can be a good choice if your child responds well to things like practical work and interactive learning, which the school is likely to spend money on.




This form of schooling allows you to teach your child at home, if you don’t work or your job allows you to. Providing the familiarity and comfort of your home as a learning environment for your child’s education, with you as their teacher, can be beneficial. It allows you to see how your child learns, so you can teach them in a way that works best for them. However, it can be difficult for a parent to do this if they have had no teaching experience. It also takes away the social aspect of education.


Online schools


Finally, there has been a growth in this type of schooling over the last few years, which allows children to receive their education online. With children living in a digital world, surrounded by screens, computers and the internet on a daily basis, it makes sense that they could and should learn this way too. This could be a good option if your child struggles with a learning environment or has a medical condition, which might make it difficult for them to attend a school each day.


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