Public or subsidised school? This question is asked by many families year after year. Facing this question is both a complicated and decisive process, as it is a choice that can condition their childhood, adolescence and, why deny it, their future! Factors such as the values of the centre, its methodologies or its facilities can vary in terms of priority depending on the parents who visit them. Therefore, you need to have a clear idea of your needs and interests before making a final decision. Can we help you with that?
In Spain, there are public, private and subsidised schools. However, the fact that it is funded or not is not the only thing that will make the difference between one choice or another, but many other characteristics, pros and cons to take into account come into play. Every school is different, and there are certain common patterns that we can detect. Join us in this brief analysis.
Let's start with the basics, what is the main difference?
You probably already know this, but it is important to make an initial review and then go into more specific issues. Public schools are obviously cheaper because they are state-funded. But, in addition, the teachers who run them must have passed competitive examinations and, sometimes, language and competency exams depending on the Autonomous Community. According to the Ministry of Education, around 68% of pupils study in a state-owned school.
On the other hand, concerted schools are partially funded and therefore teachers do not have to pass such examinations. They can have more freedom of decision in matters affecting the learning process or in the selection of the pupils they enrol. According to the latest Ministry report, they are attended by approximately 26% of pupils, which translates into more than one in four Spanish schoolchildren.
What are the advantages of each type of institution?
Each type of institution, of course, has advantages. It is probably this fact that makes the choice so difficult. Let's start with the positive points of public schools.
Pros of public schools
As we have mentioned, the teaching staff are public workers, who have obtained their position after a competitive examination, which ensures a proven level of professionalism. And how can we deny a reality, the absence of monthly fees, a relief for those families with a tighter purchasing power. Nevertheless, there are many cases of parents who want their children to attend public schools for reasons of values, such as the guarantee that a nation offers free, quality public education.
Moreover, these schools are open-minded and have a culturally diverse student body.
Pros of concerted schools
We will not deny the obvious, their facilities are usually particularly excellent as in many cases they are a lure for parents who want their children to belong to a particular federated club. In addition, they have teachers who are very involved in the projects, as they tend to look for schools that are in line with their way of understanding teaching, let's not forget that here there are no competitive examinations or assignments and the choice can be more deliberate. In addition, another of the advantages of these schools can be found in the level of languages, exchanges, etc.
Finally, the concerted schools, as well as the private ones, are known for having in many cases high levels of demand, which translate into brilliant results if the student can withstand the pressure.
Do you still have questions after this short review? Don't hesitate to contact us and carry out your own test to find the schools that best suit your needs using the buscarcole.com form.