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5 Major Drawbacks of Early Morning School Hours

There is one common question that each one of us must have wondered about at some point or the other in our lives – “Why do schools have to start so early?” As a child, most of us loathed getting up early in the morning to rush to school. We longed for the weekends so that we did not have to force ourselves out of bed and wake up at unearthly hours. Even today, watching parents standing at the bus stop with their little kids to send them off to schools at wee hours of winters, when the whole world is sleeping, makes for a merciless sight. Most schools, including top schools in Gurugram, have early morning school hours. Here, we list 5 major reasons why school hours should be reoriented. 

Sleep Deprivation

A study published in the 2017 journal, ‘Sleep Health’, revealed that children who start their day at school before 8:30 am in the morning can barely meet the minimum amount of sleep required for their bodies, which is around 8-10 hours. 

Breathing Problems 

During winter mornings, children travel to school in dangerous early morning smog which impacts their lungs. It also exposes them to life-long breathing problems. 

Poor Performance at School

The lack of sleep, especially during the smoggy winter mornings, can result in sulkiness among children and poor performance at school. Moreover, the concept of early morning school hours puts pressure on their sleep process and makes them feel lethargic throughout the day.

No Social Life

It becomes difficult for parents to fulfil social commitments during the week, as children have to get up early to go to school the next day. Children have to miss evening family gatherings or functions. Also, when kids sleep late, they sleep in buses, which often results in injuries.

No Quality Time with Family

Parents spend mornings getting kids ready and dropping them off to the bus stop and then getting ready themselves. It is a constant struggle. If school timings synced with office timings, mornings could be spent for exercising, self-study, morning walks and enjoying neighbourhood facilities.

Therefore, all schools, including schools in Gurgaon, need to reconsider the school timings that can accustom with the lifestyle of the children who have working parents.

Changing a school’s start time involves a wide array of people — parents, teachers, students, principals, school boards, among others. The impact is felt at a community level. In our country, the concept of reorienting the school hours to align it with the realities of the working parents has not yet been acknowledged by school authorities in many states. While schools in 45 states of the USA have started showing empathy towards the kids by already pushing their start times back to fall in line with the biological clock of the students, the situation in India is a little bit conflicting.

Urban city planners favour early school timings because they believe that if the hours clash with the office timings, there will be more chaos on the road. They also feel that since the buildings heat up during the peak hour of the day, which is around 3 pm, children should reach home before that. Unfortunately, such reasons still not justify putting children through such outrageous timings. 

School authorities in India must start working towards plugging this gap and be more empathetic towards the kids and the teenagers.
SHEMFORD Futuristic School, Gurugram, Sector-47, Malibu Towne has flexible school timings so that both parents can synchronize their child’s school timings to their own work timings, and build their own careers without compromising on their child’s learning and safety. The school starts at 9 am, which not only makes mornings less hectic for parents but also ensures that children get sufficient sleep, enjoy better health, concentrate better and participate more in learning activities. The school offers three different shifts - 9 am - 1 pm, 9 am - 3:30 pm and 9 am - 6:30 pm - which parents can choose from to suit their individual convenience and requirements. If you are looking for your child's school admission in Gurgaon, you may visit this school, which is amongst the top schools in Gurugram.

5 Important Factors to Consider Before you Choose the Best School in Gurugram for your Child

Along with the many joys of parenthood come a great deal of responsibilities. Selecting the right formal school for your child is one of the most important decisions that you, as a parent, would make. Nobody has the magic formula to determine the best school - there are numerous things to keep in mind. But, yes, here are the 5 most important factors to consider before you set out on your quest for school admission in Gurugram.

The Management

The actual workforce behind the school – the Management – can really make or break a school. Make sure that the school management has relevant educational background and enough experience in the field of education. People who have adequate experience of running schools know how to handle the challenges encountered in day-to-day working of a school while inexperienced hands will hamper the working of the school and in turn, the learning of the students.
SHEMFORD Futuristic School, Gurugram - the Flagship Sr. School Branch of SHEMFORD & SHEMROCK Group of Schools - is promoted by two generations of country’s leading educationists, with a combined experience of over 100 years in the field of education. Members of the management are regularly invited to share their work, ideas and best practices with the whole Education industry.
The Curriculum and Co-curricular Activities

In today’s world, curriculum doesn’t refer to only books and notebooks, but the totality of students’ experiences during the educational process. An integral part of formal education, the curriculum has become a dynamic process due to the changes that occur in our society. Thus, to match with the constant changing times, a carefully-planned, dynamic curriculum is required. Co-curricular activities are an integral part of the school curriculum and help in enhancing the learning process of students. Understand beforehand the curriculum followed and the co-curricular activities offered in the school.
SHEMFORD Futuristic Schools is one of the top schools in Gurugram powered by the unique in-house, research-based curriculum- ShemEduMAXTM, which has been designed keeping in mind the learning needs of the children. It is a child-centered Curriculum with Engaging Teaching Methods and Personalised Assessment in a Conducive Learning Environment. Designed by Award-winning Educationists of India, the curriculum is the result of over 28 years of in-depth research and teaching-learning experiences.

Location and Timings

The school should not be far from your home. The location should be easily accessible and should not be in remote and secluded areas. Keeping in mind the safety of the students and the pollution-levels, a school should not be on a highway. A child should not spend a long time to travel to-and-fro between school and home. Check beforehand whether the school provides transport or not. If both parents are working, then they should make sure that the school timings match with their work timings.

SHEMFORD Futuristic School, Gurugram is located in the heart of Gurugram (Plot No. 3, Redwood Sector-47, Malibu Towne) and offers flexible timings so that both parents can synchronize their child’s school timings to their own work timings, and build their own careers without compromising on their child’s learning and safety. Our school starts at 9 am, which not only makes mornings less hectic for parents but also ensures that children get sufficient sleep, enjoy better health, concentrate better and participate more in learning activities. We have three different shifts - 9 am - 1 pm, 9 am - 3:30 pm and 9 am - 6:30 pm - which parents can choose from to suit their individual convenience and requirements.
Safety and Security

Safety at school is important for children of all ages. Children spend considerable hours of their day in school and it becomes of utmost importance that safety of children is given due consideration. A safe environment creates an open space for them to explore, learn and grow. Parents should be aware of the safety procedures followed in the school and should send their child to the school with the most experienced hands.

SHEMFORD Futuristic School, Gurugram has been designed keeping children’s safety as its top priority so that there is virtually no chance of any mishap in the school premises which means parents can work stress-free knowing their child is safe at all times. Our safe school design with no blind spots, third party background verification of all employees, fire-fighting system on all floors, electrical switches at maximum permissible height as per the National Building Code, CCTV surveillance, GPS in School Buses, – all make the school one of the safest ones in the country. We have a fully equipped Medical Room with full-time nurses.
Quality of Teachers

The school should have well-qualified, dynamic teachers who provide a positive learning environment for the students. Teaching-learning is an ever-evolving process, so ensure that the school organises regular workshops and trainings for the teachers to keep them up-to-date. The school management should spend a great deal of time, energy and resources on providing intensive training programmes to update the knowledge and upgrade the skills of their teachers.
The student- teacher ratio should also be kept low so that proper attention and care can be provided to each and every student. Ensure that the school is providing sufficient training to its teachers.

All teachers at SHEMFORD Futuristic School, Gurugram undergo regular training to ensure that they adopt the best Teaching-Learning practices. Moreover, to ensure a healthy teacher-child bridge, all classes have a teaching assistant who progresses through the school years with the class.
By keeping these suggestions under your sleeve, you will be better equipped to make an informed choice and select a good school in Gurugram for your child.

Pvt colleges to study legality of quota move amid fears of dip in quality 11th January

How will the 10% reservation for general category affect the education sector? The views of Mr. Amol Arora, MD - SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools, have been featured in the reputed Business Standard Newspaper on 11th January, 2019.

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What India Inc. expects from Interim Budget Jan22nd 2019

Mr. Amol Arora, MD-SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools, shared his views on ‘What India Inc. expects from Interim Budget 2019’ in the reputed online publication Fortune India. Read his expert opinion here:

Restrict screen time January 28th 2019

Mrs. Meenal Arora, Executive Director, SHEMROCK Group of Preschools & Founder Director, SHEMFORD Group of Futuristic Schools is one of the most sought-after parenting experts in the country. Her articles are regularly featured in leading publications. Read her latest article on 'Reducing Screen Time' in 'The Pioneer' on page no 14.
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Interim Budget 2019: What are education industry expecting from Union Budget January 29th 2019

Mr. Amol Arora, MD- SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools, is one of the most prominent Edupreneurs in the country. His views on various topics are highly revered and expressed in many leading magazines, newspapers and web portals. His opinion on the topic 'What is Education Industry expecting from Union Budget' was covered by The Statesman on January 30, 2019.

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Budget 2019 expectations: What Edtech startups want from Modi government January 30th 2019

With the booming number of EdTech Startups, the expectations from Budget 2019 has increased manifolds. Mr. Amol Arora, MD- SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools, expressed his views on the topic' Budget 2019 Expectations: What EdTech Startups want from Modi Government' were covered by the popular business news portal zeebiz.com on January 30, 2019.

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Budget 2019: Not just literacy, education and skilling should be priority, suggest experts January 31st 2019

As the budget season is here, leading media publications are seeking opinions of the experts about the impact of the Budget on the education sector. Mr. Amol Arora, MD-SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools, expressed his expectations from Union Budget 2019 in the Financial Express on January 31, 2019. Read his views here:

We are proud to share that Mr. Amol Arora, MD-SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools, participated in a panel discussion on 'Union Budget 2019' on Zee News. He enlightened the panel members and audience with his insights and expert opinions.

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The dawn of digital age parenting: Should parents be worried? January 30th 2019

In this digital age, parents are constantly worried about their children's internet and digital media practices. Mrs. Meenal Arora, Director SHEMFORD & SHEMROCK group of schools, talks about safe internet usage in her latest article published on the popular parenting portal, Indian Express Parenting.

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Dainik Bhaskar February 24th 2019

Feeling the stress of Exams? - Mrs Meenal Arora, Director SHEMFORD & SHEMROCK Schools shares some Handy Tips on how to beat the stress of exams in the leading National Daily, Dainik Bhaskar newspaper on February 24, 2019 (Page No. 11).

Education Stalwarts February 2019

Another proud moment for us! Mr. Amol Arora's (MD-SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools) inspiring journey has been featured in the February issue of the leading magazine 'Education Today'.

Union Budget 2019: Pre-Budget Expectations from Indian Industry Leaders January 30, 2019

Amol Arora, Vice Chairman & Managing Director – Shemford Group of Futuristic Schools

” For any country, the most significant returns are those garnered from investments made in its children. The next generation is going to enter a globalized world and will be competing for jobs not just against other students but also innovative technologies that are quickly replacing human jobs. In order to keep our children in the competition, we need to ramp up our Ed-Tech sector in the years to come. To that end, Budget 2019 should give certain tax breaks to Ed-Tech startups to enable them to reach sustainable levels. The government should also grant financial incentives for organizations setting up educational institutes in rural and underserved areas. Currently, the private sector in education is viewed with distrust which is why concrete steps should be taken to show that public-private partnerships can be a win-win for all – delivering quality without fleecing the parents. The government has made significant strides in the direction of technology-enabled learning with the launch of SWAYAM, which offers free online courses by teachers from reputable institutions. Another notable achievement was giving more autonomy to institutions of higher education. The Prime Minister Research Fellows (PMRF) program has helped meritorious students tremendously. However, the promise to boost education expenditure to 6% of GDP is still a distant dream and quality of education in schools and colleges is still a worry. Most importantly, the implementation of policies & programs still remains a key challenge. We hope to see more from the government this year for this most vital sector of the economy.”

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A big bang budget for Education January 30, 2019

Amol Arora, Vice Chairman & Managing Director - Shemford Group of Futuristic Schools

"For any country, the most significant returns are those garnered from investments made in its children. The next generation is going to enter a globalized world and will be competing for jobs not just against other students but also innovative technologies that are quickly replacing human jobs. In order to keep our children in the competition, we need to ramp up our Ed-Tech sector in the years to come. To that end, Budget 2019 should give certain tax breaks to Ed-Tech startups to enable them to reach sustainable levels. The government should also grant financial incentives for organizations setting up educational institutes in rural and underserved areas. Currently, the private sector in education is viewed with distrust which is why concrete steps should be taken to show that public-private partnerships can be a win-win for all – delivering quality without fleecing the parents. The government has made significant strides in the direction of technology-enabled learning with the launch of SWAYAM, which offers free online courses by teachers from reputable institutions. Another notable achievement was giving more autonomy to institutions of higher education. The Prime Minister Research Fellows (PMRF) program has helped meritorious students tremendously. However, the promise to boost education expenditure to 6% of GDP is still a distant dream and quality of education in schools and colleges is still a worry. Most importantly, the implementation of policies & programs still remains a key challenge. We hope to see more from the government this year for this most vital sector of the economy."

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Union Budget 2019-20: Here’s how the industry reacted February 1st, 2019

Amol Arora of  Shemford Group of Futuristic Schools on the other hand thought the budget could have enhancedthe condition of the education sector. "here’s still a need for a proactive approach considering the fact that investment in this sector offers the highest ROI in the long term. But most democratic governments concentrate more on short term gains. As it was an interim budget, we were not expecting any revolutionary steps. I hope the next budget will be more education-focused," he said.

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How Being Listed in One of the Top 100 Franchise Brands can Increase Your Brand Value February 15th 2019

For any education franchise brand, especially in India, the competition is massive. There are over 14 lakh schools in the country with another 40,000 higher education institutes.

According to a 2018 study, by CARE Group, the K-12 market in India is estimated at INR 16.65 lakh in FY2017 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 13% over the next three years to reach Rs. 24 lakh by 2022.

Eurokids, Kidzee, NIIT, Jaipuria, Shant Juniors, TIMTS, Doon School, Gait View technologies, Humming Bird Education and Sperowz Pre-School have made their way into the TOP 100 Franchise Brands List of 2019.

Amol Arora, Vice Chairman & Managing Director - Shemford Group of Futuristic Schools.

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Post Budget: Amol Arora In A Discussion Over Budget 2019 February 1st 2019

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This Entrepreneur Recognises Education as His First Priority February 27th 2019

Meet Amol Arora, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Shemford Group of Futuristic Schools. He is the man responsible for having mapped its extraordinary growth since its foundation. With over 100 branches across 18 states, the Shemford Group of Schools has been felicitated for falling in the category of ‘Most Schools Launched in the Shortest Time by the Limca Book of Records 2013’. Furthermore, it was felicitated by ASSOCHAM, one of India’s apex trade associations, as the ‘Best School for Innovation & Value-based Education’ at the Education Excellence Awards in July 2018.

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Grand Inauguration of the 10th Annual Residential Teachers’ Training Programme at Shemford, Pinjore news in Chandigarh Times of India Newspaper

The 10th ShemEmpower Annual Residential Training Programme grabbed the headlines all over the country!

When it comes to breaking news, we are delighted to share that the 10th ShemEmpower Annual Residential Training Programme broke all the records! Leading newspapers like Times of India covered the event in its full glory.

Mr. Amol Arora, MD-SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools’

comments on ‘Budget 2019’ published on Page 2 of the 6th July Edition of Financial Express.

Mr. Amol Arora, MD-SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools, is a distinguished educationist.

You can read his expert views on ‘Budget and its impact on the education industry’ in 10th July 2019 edition of The Pioneer on page no 10.