Relocating? How to choose the right school for your child

With the current uncertainty stalking the world, many families are having to consider relocating either back to their home country or to a new destination. This stressful situation can be compounded by the search for new schools. If you have the luxury of time then ideally you would do some detailed research, preferably a year or two before you plan to move. However, for many families time is of the essence and an imminent move may not allow for this, which is where contacting an education consultant who is an expert on this area can be extremely valuable.


How will an education consultant guide you through the process of finding a new school for your child?

Firstly, we will encourage you to focus on what sort of school you are looking for. Are you thinking of a boarding environment? Here a child can study securely for the next few years, allowing the family the flexibility of being able to move about without disrupting the child’s education. Or perhaps some of the family are moving back home and therefore a day school is going to be more appropriate.


We will also discuss the pros and cons of a single sex school versus a co-educational environment, to work out where your child will flourish best. For some families a school that is rooted in a faith system is important, whereas others prefer schools that offer a very secular background to education.


Want to explore education options for your child? Contact Carfax Consultants at enquiries.uae@carfax-education.com for expert advice and guidance


Where in the world is going to be the best location for your child’s school, with excellent options across the globe this is a key decision. (please see the Carfax top 100 schools in association with Spears HERE)


Coming from an international background, it is important to understand the composition of schools in other parts of the world; some may appear quite monocultural in comparison. This can provide a very different ’feel’ if you have been used to 60 or 70 nationalities being educated together.


Most importantly we want to get to know your child and understand about their personality and learning style; what are they interested in? Which subjects do they look forward to? What extra curricular activities do they enjoy? Do they thrive in a large bustling environment or would they be better in a cosy, nurturing school? All of these things need to be considered before drawing up a short list of schools to consider.


Armed with this information, we are then in a position to draw up a list of schools that we believe would be a good fit for your child and offer them the opportunity to grow and flourish in a new environment. In normal circumstances we would then arrange for you to tour the schools and experience first hand the atmosphere and the location. However, in the current situation schools have been very adaptable and have created online tours and we can arrange for families to attend online open days and have individual meetings with admissions teams.


With so many things to think about it makes sense to have some expert guidance on hand to cut through the gloss of the prospectuses, give a behind the scenes perspective of the character and ethos of the different schools, and to have some one to help manage all the administration of applying to schools, from registration to admissions tests to finally securing a place.


Whether you are thinking of schools in the UK, Switzerland, Singapore or the US, a dedicated education consultant will be there to guide, support and mentor you and your child to make the move as seamless as possible and to ensure that your child’s education journey continues to be one that allows them to develop their full potential.


For more information on boarding schools and the application process, call our expert consultants now on +97144385276

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