A school in north London has gone shoe-free in a bid to make children
‘feel more at home’ in classes.

1.16  Monday  Chiangmai



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  Public schools: Due to special education laws, public schools must
educate all children, and provide the necessary programs to meet their
special needs. This means that most public schools have special
education programs and teachers who are trained to work with students
who have particular

Pupils at the Torriano School in Kentish Town are being told to take off
their shoes when they come inside in a move bosses hope will ‘take away
the hierarchy’ between children and teachers.

Today, I visited the CMIS—-the best school in Chiangmai. They said
this school is very hard to enter, especially for Chinese. People come
in with hope and come out with disappointment. I begin to feel nervous
even though I knew I was just visiting it.

  Private schools: Private schools do not have to accept children with
special needs, and many choose not to (although there are a small number
of private schools specifically designed for special needs children). As
a result, most private schools do not have special education programs or
teachers trained to work with students with severe special needs.
Private schools will try to help all the students they admit, but extra
resources may also come at an additional


The school looks beautiful. Green trees reach up to the sky, gray and
white doves wandering about, children running past us. The buildings are
not as tall and clean as in China, but it was nice and peaceful.


The move comes after teachers from the school visited Finland, Iceland
and Sweden, where the practice is more widespread.

In the antechamber we met Sarah, a kind ethnic Chinese. She lead us
around the school. I saw many students. Some are having English class,
some are having history class, some are having musical class, some are
having PE class…….I saw them playing football. They kicked the ball
swiftly though the field, calling to their friends.

  Public schools: Many states recognize the value of small classes and
have provided funding to keep class sizes small in grades K-3. As
students become older, class size tends to get bigger in public schools,
especially in large school districts and urban schools.班级人数较多.


We talked to some 9th grade students. They are all friendly and they
looks healthy and happy. When Sarah told them I may come and study here,
a boy held up his hands and said that I will love this great school.

  Private schools: Private schools are generally committed to
providing small classes and individual attention to students. Many
parents choose private schools for this

Headteacher Helen Bruckdorfer told?The Camden New Journal: ‘What
resonated is this connection between home and school, which is very
different to the way we organise school, and the need for children to
feel comfortable and relaxed within the school setting when they come
into the building.

Their classrooms are different from my school. Instead of teachers
moving from class to class, students walk to classes to learn. Teachers
just stay in a regular classroom and wait for students to come for

  The Bottom Line


I also saw the library. There are a lot of books, <<Star
War>>, <<Harry Porter>> and many other ones. Most
students read and study on computers. I listen to their class, the
teacher seems to interact with there students very well. They all looked
interested. The class seems very hard to understand, but fun.

  There are a few fundamental differences between public and private
schools, but here’s the bottom line: There are great private schools and
there are great public schools. The trick is finding the school that
best fits your child’s needs. You may also want to consider public
charter schools or homeschooling. It’s a good idea to research the
schools that interest you and, to get a true picture of the school,
visit in person.

‘When you get home you come in and take your shoes off because you just
sort of release that energy. You are able to think more clearly.’

I don’t think I am good enough to enter this school yet. I planned to
read more, write more, and talk more. The CMIS is my objective.



The policy is being trialed in the school’s nursery, reception and Year
4 classes, but could be rolled out to the whole school if successful.


Ms Bruckdorfer added: ‘It takes away the hierarchy because all of us,
teachers and children, have to take our shoes off.’


She said the move is very popular among children, who have become
‘calmer’ since they shed their shoes.


The school’s new policy follows research by Bournemouth University,
which claimed ‘shoeless’ children get better grades, behave better and
are more likely to arrive to school on time.