7 differences between Polish primary schools and primary schools in Northern Ireland

differences between Polish primary schools and english schools

There are some main differences between Polish schools and English schools. Here I have made a list of some main differences. Having lived in Northern Ireland, and now living in Poland, based on experience in going to both of the primary schools in both of the countries, I can tell the differences without a doubt. Some disparities may not apply to all the schools, but some may involve each and every single school in Poland/Northern Ireland. I am talking about primary schools, because I am still in primary school and cannot say the differences between high schools because I never went to high school in Northern Ireland.
The 7 differences that I have thought of between Polish schools and N.I (Northern Ireland) schools are:

1. All British students wear a school uniform to school always, whereas Polish students that attend public schools don't. Most of Polish private school students do wear uniform.
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A typical Polish classroom

2. N.I primary students don't have grades, they have percentages, but Polish primary school pupils are graded since day 1 of primary school.

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A typical Northern Irish classroom
3. N.I primary school teachers are less stringent than Polish primary school teachers. I know that may sound like a stereotype, but it's true. In N.I, all teachers were taught to motivate the students to participate in the lessons by making the lessons enjoyable, interactive and interesting, whereas Polish teachers (not all of them) try to make the lessons a little fun, but it doesn't always seem to be working. Only about 1/5 of my school's teachers make the lessons a bit engrossing. They have to follow their lesson plans that their teacher's workbook has. How do I know that? My grandma was a biology teacher in a primary school, she tells me everything haha.
4. Polish primary school classrooms are duller than N.I school classrooms. In N.I, primary schools were full of vivid artworks and posters made by pupils of the school, and photos of the pupils made by teachers. They had fascinating paintings on walls, and colorful cupboards and chairs! You're probably thinking, “how do you know that all the classrooms in Northern Ireland are lively? Some schools might not have vibrant classrooms!”, well, no. Sometimes, my school had trips to other schools. All of them were bright and colorful. Yes, there might be some exceptions  schools in N.I that are dull, but I don't think so.

5. Northern Ireland primary schools have more technology than Polish primary (reminder - we are talking about public schools here, not private) schools. In my school in N.I, each classroom had a set of ipads that we would use in pairs for playing quizes, making stuff like advertisements, posters and more on piccollage, and other stuff, like reading - depended all on the lesson, and what the teacher told us to do. Whereas in Poland, it's well um...different. We don't have ipads at schools.
You see, in N.I, we had this lesson about the "olden days". My teacher talked about the way when our parents went to primary schools, they didn't have iPads, and they used chalkboards instead of a Smart board or whiteboard. So, now I have come to understand that that lesson yes, it was about the olden days, but it was also about Poland, and definitely other countries, too. Most Polish primary classrooms do have smartboards - but they have chalkboards as well. Nothing wrong with a chalkboard, though. What's wrong is that half of the computers in our I.C.T classroom don't work.
6. Polish primary school students have breaks between lessons in the hallway. We aren't allowed to go outside. In N.I, all the lesson breaks were outside, unless it was very bad weather. If it was raining a little bit, we would still go outside but with our umbrellas and raincoats. In my opinion, every person should have a bit of fresh air once a while, but no, Polish schools don't think that.

7.  This is an exception, as most Polish schools do have it, but mine doesn't have bells. They think it "stresses kids out". I wheezed with laughter when I saw that on the school's web page. They stress out?! Wait, so you're telling me that kids don't stress out when there are no bells? Here is my and my friend's typical conversation:

"Hey, do you have a watch?"
"No, I don't. What time is it?"
"I have no idea." *looking for a clock that is nowhere to be seen*
"I think the lesson has started"
"We're going to be late!"
*we run*
"No running girls" - the school's cleaning lady
*we enter the classroom*

"Why were you late? Don't you know when the lesson starts!" - the "i like to burden my students with my own problems math teacher"
"There are no bells so we didn't know what time is it"
"Both of you sit down"
*me and my friend proceed to sit down*

To be honest, there is a positive thing about this - when you are actually late for a different reason, you can just blame it on the fact that there is no bell, and the teacher believes and understands you.