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Primary Education Really Does Matter for Every Child. Sasha Crabb, Principal, Victory Heights Primary School, Explains Why.

by Jon WestleyJuly 27, 2021

Background: Primary Education Really Does Matter for Every Child. Sasha Crabb, Principal, Victory Heights Primary School, Explains Why.

“Primary education is key.

It does have a real purpose.

Primary education helps children be the best that they can be – and provides them with the toolkit to be able to read, write, develop their arithmetic skills, their memory….

It gives children a voice and the ability to express themselves.

From EYFS to Key Stage 2, the British primary curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore areas that they are passionate about….

Primary education is just not to be missed.”

Sasha Crabb. Principal. Victory Heights Primary School Dubai. Speaking with SchoolsCompared. August 2021. 

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As parents of young children the day eventually comes when we know that our little ones must start school.

And so the worrying continues (it long ago began!) – and sometimes (always) it seems that it just never stops for us as parents.

Most of us will grapple with the question of whether, in an ideal world, a primary education is even needed. Couldn’t they start later, say in Year 7, and let the inevitable responsibilities of school (and life) at least be delayed so that they can enjoy a childhood? Many of us think hard about whether to choose a dedicated primary school, where our children can be with other young children, or, alternatively, should we choose an all-through school where they will avoid the upheaval of moving to “big school” later.

Primary Education at Victory Heights Primary School in Dubai. An interview with Sasha Crabb.

We speak with Sasha Crabb, the Principal of the outstanding Victory Heights Primary School in a long interview covering many of these, and related issues. We rarely any of us, even on school tours, get the time we need with Principals – and hopefully this interview will help parents facing many of the issues that inevitably come as children prepare to start Primary schooling this September. What we learn is that question of primary education does not need to be an either/or – that primary education can, at its best, provide our children with all that they need for the challenges that must inevitably follow – but also provide an education that is personalised and joy-filled.

In a wide-ranging interview, Ms Crabb explores issues ranging from the types of questions that parents can ask primary schools to find out whether they will (really) be a good fit, the role of primary education in the emotional development of children, and examples of when primary education is at its most important, inspirational – and inspired.

This SchoolsCompared TV special interview is the fourth in our series of interviews with the very best Principals in the UAE on key issues for parents in education.

To read our independent review for parents of Victory Heights Primary School in Dubai, click here.

To visit the official web site of Victory Heights Primary School, click here.

Victory Heights Primary School is SchoolsCompared accredited as one of the happiest schools for children in the UAE.

About The Author
Jon Westley
Jon Westley is the Editor of SchoolsCompared.com and WhichSchoolAdvisor.com UK. You can email him at jonathanwestley [at] schoolscompared.com

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