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The Best School for Your Child


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Erin Shale has been a high school careers counsellor for ten years, and is currently responsible for the motivation and guidance of over 1800 students. She teaches Health Education and Personal Development, and is the editor of the anthology Inside Out. Erin is a regular speaker at conferences for teachers, social workers and health professionals. She is the author of The Best School for Your Child and the coauthor of Adolescence. She lives in Melbourne.


'The Best School For Your Child'... examines all schools, public and independent, single sex and coeducational and everything in between. Shale debunks myths about what makes "good" schools and concentrates on those things which most parents value in education: school climate, culture and values and what the school can do for their child, not only academic results ... there is much sensible advice in this book for all parents of children of all ages ...' Jim McAlpine, Deputy President, New South Wales Secondary Principals' Council 'Choosing a school for your child can be stressful for parents. Erin Shale provides an outstanding guide that contains personal accounts, advice, research and a touch of humour that will engage any parent to understand how to take that journey.' Jennifer Branch, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations 'The Best School For Your Child... is a comprehensive and easy to read resource for parents. The clever use of personal stories, questions and answers and summary boxes is accompanied by sound advice grounded in common sense.' Ian Dalton, Executive Director, Australian Parents Council 'A well-researched, very comprehensive and thoroughly balanced discussion of an important question. It certainly endorses the message that "one size does not fit all" when considering schools and students.' Ron Miles, Principal, Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design

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