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Thanks to having specialists on site, the schools have a large support network to give extra attention to gifted students and pupils with dyslexia, dyscalculia or performance anxiety.
Ready for the world Florencius teaches according to the International Primary Curriculum (or IPC) which prepares children for global citizenship. From a young age students are taught English at a high level, there are exchange programmes to countries all across the world and the curriculum is more themebased. Van Kranenburg explains, “We’ve combined the traditional subjects of geography, topography and history and go through these subjects by theme. Take for example the theme ‘world leaders’ – when we talk about Nelson Mandela we immediately include the history and geo graphy of South Africa.” The schools also invest a lot of time in personal development. Every student has an individual coach appointed to them to guide them through difficult situations like parents divorcing. “When the students leave, they’re socially-emotionally very strong. It’s important to teach them to be confident because that gives them such a boost. All our pupils do really well at secondary school. We know this through our parent questionnaires and we stay in touch with our former students for several years,” Van Kranenburg continues. While Florencius is a private school, it aims to put students in public education after they leave. He says, “We want students to do well in general society so it’s important they return to ‘normal’ state schools and learn to function in common settings. We
make sure they have the best possible preparation.” One way to achieve this is through the lorenciPlus programme offering homework F support for students in secondary education. “FlorenciPlus is an excellent addition to students in secondary schools. It combines the best of both worlds, the social aspect of state schools and the specialist, individual approach of private education,” Van Kranenburg explains.
The best education When the first Florencius school opened in Laren, there were just four children. Now the school has grown to 50 and Amstelveen – opened two years ago – has 30. Van Kranenburg wants to keep student numbers down per school, so he’s looking into starting schools in Haarlem and The Hague. “We found that there’s a clear need for private primary schools, so we will continue to expand. In state education classes have been getting increasingly bigger. Sometimes there’s only one teacher per 30 students, so they don’t get the attention they need and deserve.” Before he founded Florencius, Van Kranenburg worked in state education for 25 years and noticed much more could be done to help children develop. He says, “There was too much bureaucracy and red tape. At 29 years old I set up my own school but there just weren’t the funds available to help children excel. That’s when I began to think about setting up a private school. I started researching all kinds of educational systems in 2007 and a year later Florencius Laren opened its doors.” www.florencius.nl
build up confidence. FQ contains physical intelligence and covers sports, music and other creative subjects. Then lastly there’s SQ or spiritual intelligence which means we help children set targets, learn to be ambitious and teach them about their identity.” Florencius’ goal is to develop an exemplary education system, giving students optimal attention in a safe environment.
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