The biggest single concern for Executives with families taking up an overseas posting abroad is the provision of suitable education for their children

Contributed by Future Schools Fair, 24 June, 2016

The worry over job stability and continued funding for a child's education can be daunting for any parent. People who live and work abroad, however, have additional concerns that can make an already stressful time for the family even more overwhelming.

We see all too often that:

  • Parents become aware that the standard of education at post is not good enough to secure a place at a top British University
  • When they relocate back to the UK and need to find a school for their children, they lack the necessary capability to navigate the entrance system
  • Parents become aware (often at a late stage) that their child has not been educated to the standard required to pass the entrance exams for a UK school or university

Many companies (and indeed, individuals considering overseas postings) often focus largely upon the extrinsic factors of the posting – accommodation, flight allowances, transport, moving expenses, tax-harmonisation treatment etc.

Our experience suggests that education is (alarmingly) something that is often placed some way down the list of priorities. As a result, employees often receive an unpleasant surprise when the above factors or a combination of such become apparent.

The other major concern is what happens when you lose your job abroad. This often also means losing the right to remain in that country. Some countries give foreigners as little as 14 days to exit the country after their work permit has been cancelled. That means fourteen days to terminate your lease, sell your car, pack up your belongings, find a place to live "back home", and find a school for your child. Most people would struggle to get all that done in fourteen weeks, let alone fourteen days.

TIEC Events is running an event in London on Saturday 16th July 2016 where a number of the top UK selecting schools will be present and accessible in one place. The purpose of the event is simple - to connect Expat families and UK schools under one roof. The event is FREE for all visitors.

This event is the first of its kind in the UK, and given the level of interest already received from both an individual and a Corporate level, one we feel likely to be repeating on a regular basis.

Over 50 top Boarding and International schools will be in one place, on one day, waiting to meet you. You can find out which schools will be there by going to: https://futureschoolsfair.com/schools-colleges/. To give you an idea: Winchester, Rugby, Oundle, Malvern, Marlborough, Mill Hill International, Taunton School, CATS, TASIS, ACS and ISL will all be there. On the 16th July, all of these schools have usually closed for the summer, but they have come together just for Expats.

Not only will you be able to meet with these schools, but there are a number of seminars which will help you to understand how to apply to a UK school, what is the difference between A levels/IB/Pre-U, how can you help your child to prepare for the culture shock?

To attend this event and the seminars is FREE, but you do need to register https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/country-life-future-schools-fair-london-tickets-19292464280.

The Blue Fin Building is stunning, and very close to several London attractions, such as the Shard, The Globe Theatre, The Tate Modern, so take your children with you and make a day of it.

We would strongly encourage you to attend this event in July. We will ensure that every family who attends is introduced to the schools most suitable for their children. The other advantage is that, if you do have to move schools quickly, you will have met school staff who you can phone up and talk to.

We know how important the education of expat children is – we deal with this every day. We also deal with the consequences of getting it wrong.

We look forward to you joining us on the 16th July 2016.

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