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For any parents thinking about moving abroad, schooling inevitably will be top priority before making that decision. Will the curriculum be recognised internationally? Will they like their school? Will they be able to get in…? These are all valid questions expat parents consider when moving overseas.
We came across this interesting video on the BBC where expat parents Paulie Gould, Jen Holzberger and Beth Severino share some of their experiences and considerations taken in uprooting children without damaging education.
In the clip, they describe the challenges they faced ranging from choosing a suitable school to the difficulty in navigating UK’s catchment policy, from private schooling and home schooling options to the costs associated with each.
Looking at the data we have for the Expat Explorer Survey, expats voted Singapore as having the best quality education. One local expat even said, “If you're offered an opportunity in Singapore – grab it, you'll never regret it!” Second and third place respectively were Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.
For parents looking to move abroad, it might be useful to look at The European Council of International Schools (ECIS). Founded in 1965, the ECIS is a global membership organisation that strives to maintain an international consistency between schools, to help ensure children leaving a member school to have an internationally recognised standard of education.
Expat Info Desk also has a wealth of information on all aspects of expat life, with an excellent section on “Choosing an expat school. This article suggests that the main options to consider when it comes to expat education are:
- International school vs Local school
- Boarding school vs Day school
- International Baccalaureate vs Local qualification
Are you thinking of relocating and have questions about your children’s education? Post them below and see if our expat community can help.