Tune to learning process

Travel | 23 Apr 2021

Most parents will agree their children's education comes before anything else. When moving countries, switching your kids out from one education system into another can be a daunting process. How they will adapt to a new curriculum, a new environment and new people are just a few of the many concerns parents tend to have.

It is therefore crucial for you to time the move in a way that causes the least disruption to your child's learning.

A basic understanding of the British education system will help you make that vital decision.

There are two main types of schools in Britain - state and independent. State means you don't pay directly - they are funded by taxpayers - while independent ones mean fees need to be paid.

All English state schools follow the national curriculum, which consists of five key stages that pupils progress through between the ages of five and 18.

Primary education starts in year one, while secondary school for most pupils starts in year seven at the age 11.

At the end of key stage four (years 10 and 11, ages 14 to 16), all students take a series of exams called the General Certificate of Secondary Education in about eight to 10 subjects.

Then between the ages of 16 and 18 (key stage five), schools offer students the Advanced Level qualifications in preparation for university.

The best time for you to make the move, then, is ideally before a new key stage begins.

Applications to attend a state school need to be submitted through the local council of your geographic area.

Remember to keep an eye out for key deadlines for nursery, primary and secondary school admissions as the dates differ. Good luck!

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