WHY NEXT?

Web/smart portal for students, parents and teachers

A centralized web portal and Apps will manage information and data for parents, teachers and students. The portal will also have a functional Learning Management System which will contain academic calendars, exam date sheets, and an extensive recorded video database for continued support and assistance. The web portal and apps will keep parents completely updated with academic progress of the students through Consistent feedback. Students will also benefit greatly through an updated classes and exam schedule, test alerts and marks Update. 

Electronic Attendance & SMS Alerts

The safety and security of the students will be our first priority. Students of the next school will be provided with an identity card with a bar code. As the student enters or leaves the school premises, they will be required to scan their card at the gate  Through an automated scanner. Parents will be sent an SMS as the student scans the card upon entering or leaving the school grounds to ensure they know the whereabouts of their child.

Emphasis on STEAM Education

The Next School has joined hands with Pakistan Science Club to provide quality STEAM Education to our students. 

STEAM Education stands for Science, technology, engineering, art and math education.STEAM-based programs take an integrated approach to learning and teaching, which requires an intentional connection between curriculum learning objectives, standards, assessments, and lesson design/implementation.STEAM learning applies meaningful math, science, and technology and design content to solve real-world problems through hands-on learning activities and creative design.The Next schools will focus on providing students with hands-on-learning experience in the form of STEAM activities relevant to topics being taught. These range from very simple activities to extensive scientific experiments to broaden the students’ understanding and perspectives.
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Computer Language (Coding) Teaching

Coding refers to the process of writing instructions for machines in such a way that they are able to understand them and behave or respond accordingly. Coders, or programmers, are people who write the programs behind everything we see and do on a computer. When children learn to code, it helps them to develop essential skills such as problem solving, logic and critical thinking. Through coding, children can learn that there’s often more than one way to solve a problem, and that simpler and more efficient solutions are often better. Learning to code encourages children to become creators, not just consumers, of the technology they use.

[expander_maker id="1" more="Read more" less="Read less"]The Next School will provide online opportunities for children to learn to code from the primary school level. Children will be encouraged to think critically and strategically to solve problems often simple puzzles like getting an onscreen character to move around a maze. For younger children, visual blocks can be used to represent programming concepts and terminology, such as ‘procedures’, ‘loops’ and ‘conditional instructions’. This teaching will be supported by practice worksheets, assignments and quizzes . [/expander_maker]

Well-equipped Science and IT labs

Today’s world is dynamic and ever-changing. Online classes and specialized skill workshops are becoming easy ways for acquiring knowledge. 
Now more than ever, it is crucial that schools integrate new learning techniques to help prepare children for the future workplace. Rote and didactic learning styles have dominated the education system since the industrial revolution. With both these methods, the child plays a relatively passive role in the learning process. In more recent times, it has become common practice for teachers to integrate more active learning techniques in the classroom such as experiential learning.

All next schools will have well-resourced and fully functional Science and IT labs to facilitate hands-on learning for all our students. The curriculum will be such that involves practice/activity-based learning on regular basis to provide students with experiential learning opportunities.

Well-Stocked School Library

Libraries help cultivate the habit of reading. We understand that amongst individuals, interests differ, aptitudes vary and individual capacities present a wide variation in students’ reading capacities. In the library each has what he wants, each goes at the speed to which his capabilities allow him to go. The library is thus, a common platform upon which all students meet on a common level with equal opportunities. At The Next School, libraries will be well-stocked and made available to students using our unique software for library database management.

Virtual Libraries
And Museums

The next school will provide a huge database of books in virtual libraries and field trips in virtual museum tours. This is yet another way in which we will provide experiential learning opportunities to our children and broaden their perspective and general understanding

Online Support
Classes

The Next School will provide an exhaustive resource including recorded video lectures, worksheets and other such resource to provide support to students who are struggling with taught concepts at school. The students can keep reviewing the same videos to further clarify their concepts. We will focus on providing support to our students such that they become independent learners, and take complete responsibility for their learning. Providing the children with such extensive resource any time of the day will also eliminate any need for them to go for any tuitions, thereby helping us develop a ‘NO TUITION CULTURE’ at our schools.

Quality Assurance Policy

The Next School will have its own centralized quality assurance team that will ensure quality maintenance in all schools. They will help schools in

  1. Developing a self-assessment/evaluation/audit model as well as a system to obtain feedback and assess risk factors from the stakeholders for schools to run on their own. This will be supported by formal documentation and record-keeping so schools can run efficiently as independent commodities. The schools will be required to maintain fool-proof documentation from all the quality control and assessment measure mentioned above at any time of the year.
  2. Ensuring quality control procedures through a centralized system developed by experts at The Next School offices which will be based on informed and uninformed campus inspections, records and book-keeping reviews and software usage. The team will produce an annual audit report based on yearly performance markers and provide advice and propose changes where necessary.

Innovative Student-centered teaching

Student-centered learning occurs when the teacher is no longer the ‘sage on stage’.  Whereas in a traditional classroom, the teacher is telling the students the specific content they need to know, in a student-centered classroom the students are taking that information and USING it, which develops a deeper understanding of the topic.

By giving the students’ voice, choice, and somewhat allowing them to work at their own pace (depending on the nature of the activity), not only can you have more interactive experiences with each one of them on a personal level, but they are able to learn in a way that best suits them at a speed that works best for their own personal learning needs, which is what they deserve. 

[expander_maker id="1" more="Read more" less="Read less"] At the Next Schools, students will be placed at the center of all academic and strategic plans. All teaching, learning and administrative activities will be designed such that students remain the primary beneficiaries. Out teaching methodologies will also feature students as the major contributors to class activities and teachers as facilitators. [/expander_maker]

Professional Development
Opportunities

Through out the academic year, The Next School will provide professional teacher training programs for staff and administration. These will be held through

1.  Internal training programs will be offered to schools without additional cost where experts will pick relevant topics to deliver trainings on. These trainings will be conducted by experts at the Department of Academics at The Next School Head office.

2. External training programs will be offered to schools where external experts will be hired to provide training to the administration and staff. This program will require a registration fee per attendee. All attendees will be provided with a participation certificate at the conclusion of this training.

SPOKEN ENGLISH COURSES

English is the common language of the world. Over 80 percent of the world’s English speakers are non-native speakers, and there are 1.5 billion English speakers in the world overall.

Spoken English courses will be mandatory for all our students. Language teachers at each school will follow plans provided by The Next School academic unit to teach and assess students’ progress in these courses.

 

Nazra Lessons

Nazra lessons will be mandatory for all students. These will be age-appropriate programs for reading Quran with tajwid and will be conducted by certified Quranic educationists.

Psychological Assessment

Children may be referred for a psychological assessment for a variety of reasons. Among other things, they may be depressed or anxious, have attention or behavior problems at home or in school, be subjected to bullying, or have a learning disorder. Often when kids are struggling in school or seem to be behind their peers developmentally, a counselor or teacher will suggest the child undergo a psychological assessment.

The results of this type of evaluation will reveal which areas the child is doing well in and which are the ones he or she might need to address (for example: an undiagnosed learning disability).  

The Next School will provide a standardized psychological assessment for screening students at high risk of learning difficulties, ADHD, ADD etc. This will be followed by intervention by our team of qualified psychologists who will then focus on shortlisted individuals to provide recommendations for plans of action for the future.