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Nowadays, more than ever, we are on the move. We live in a global village where travel for business or leisure has no boundaries. Globalisation has opened borders where freedom of movement is commonplace in the business world. When travelling or living overseas for business, family life is a very important aspect to consider and one of the biggest considerations is the education of your child.
As many as 5.5 million Brits currently live overseas. The most popular option for the education of young expats is to enrol them in the local international school. These can provide a ‘British experience’ with most schools following a British or international curriculum allowing pupils to sit British examinations such as GCSE or A-Level exams. Around 2,000 schools worldwide offer a British curriculum which makes it easier for young people to transition back into British schools if and when they return to the U.K.
Educating your children in international schools however comes at a price. The cost of international schooling overseas has seen a 1.9% increase in the last year meaning that the average cost of international schooling is around £11,900 per year with some international schools demanding as much as £30,500 for a years education under British or internationally recognised curriculums.
The growth of fast broadband speeds, ever accessible internet and the huge advances in technology over the last few years has opened up another option for families seeking a British education whilst overseas. Initially started as ‘distance learning’ for students living in remote areas, online schooling has brought another dimension to the education world. When we break down a child’s learning in school, we can highlight the 10 key aspects that make it an education of quality:
They are taught face to face by a qualified and experienced teacher who has the child’s best interests at heart.
They have the opportunity for guided self-study with material provided by their teacher.
They learn in a quiet, disruption-free, safe environment.
They have the opportunity to ask their teacher questions and seek clarification when reinforcement may be required.
Feedback on their learning is provided by the teacher.
School reports are sent home termly.
Lessons are designed and delivered around the National Curriculum.
Pupils can prepare for and sit exams.
Pupils have access to a range of interactive I.T. features that can complement their learning.
Pupils and parents can get in touch with their teacher on a regular basis to seek help and support.
Online schools are able to match these 10 key aspects of learning with the added advantage – students can access their school from anywhere in the world. For a fraction of the price of international school fees, pupils can be taught live lessons, by qualified teachers from the National Curriculum, meaning that they can prepare for and sit examinations in any one of the 120 registered countries worldwide.
If you are living overseas with children, please get in touch to see how we can provide excellent and cost-effective education.