Put the spark in your children’s education

The SPARK Schools model is unique compared to other schools as they focus on creating a unique and joyful learning experience for each child.

Is your child’s school preparing them for the ever-changing world? 

Many parents grapple with the decision between choosing private schools or public schools. There are many reasons parents struggle with this decision.

Parents struggle with this decision because of their trust in private education.

One of the questions that often arise is whether the school will offer the quality education that can prepare their child to thrive in the ever-changing world.

The world is changing rapidly and requires a generation that can adapt quickly and think outside the box.

This begs the question: Are schools equipping learners with the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century? Over the years, we’ve seen several affordable schools emerging with new technologies that are helping to enhance learning and prepare learners for the future.

One of these schools is SPARK Schools, a network of private schools in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Their first school was opened in 2013, and in 2024, they will have 21 Primary schools and 5 High Schools across Gauteng and the Western Cape and serve over 15 000 families.

Bringing the joy factor into education,

SPARK Randpark Ridge Principal Karen Bull explains that the SPARK Schools model is unique compared to other schools. The schools focus on creating a unique and joyful learning experience for each child.

“SPARK Schools aims to provide quality education but also bring the joy factor into our classrooms,” Bull says. ” The schools monitor each child’s experience through learner surveys that capture the learner’s experiences at the school.

Social-emotional learning

Research shows that while academics are important, developing social skills plays a vital role in children’s success. Adaptability, empathy and critical thinking are some of the most essential skills children should have to succeed.

“The social and emotional curriculum is tailored to equip scholars to interact with others and regulate their emotions. This is done through implementing the Toolbox curriculum alongside the CAPS curriculum, which is relatable to scholars and easy for them to understand,” says Bull.

Tech-enabled and innovative learning models

Technology significantly enhances and personalises learning to ensure no child is left behind. Schools use technology for various purposes.

SPARK Schools Head of Primary Schools, Nkazimulo Zitha, explains that teaching and learning have evolved.

“The  21st century is now characterised by Information Communication Technology  and technologically rich learning environments. In transforming various sectors of the social and economic spaces, education was not spared – in a good way,” she says.

At SPARK Schools, technology provides ample and varied learning opportunities through enquiry and exploration.

Technology is used to achieve the following:

  • Supplement and extend direct instruction
  • Foster independent learning
  • Personalise learning as scholars can work at their own pace and access learning at their own time and spaces through our learning programmes (ST Maths and Reading Eggs in foundation phase)
  • Get real-time data insights into progress made by scholars, and these support our direct instruction acceleration and intervention plans
  • Create collaboration spaces where scholars can mitigate time, space and place constraints

Choosing a school for a child is a complex task for parents, however, it is essential. When making this decision, parents should consider how much the school prepares their children for success after they leave school.

Click here to enroll your child at your nearest SPARK School.

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