Education Options For The Expat Family After Covid-19
Written exclusively for Expat Network by Stephen Spriggs of William Clarence Education.
Outside the professional-related matters that require solving, a big issue for those in new countries is the education of their children. With schools closed and plans to reopen in disarray you may need to study the options open to your family.
The good news is that while the coronavirus has severely impacted school operations, it has also affected their admissions. Which has resulted in places available at prestigious British schools that would typically be fully booked at this point and admissions staff desperate to fill seats before the new term begins.
Therefore, for families considering a move to the UK, there are still great opportunities for admissions to schools for 2020 and beyond into 2021 and 2022. Education consultancies such as William Clarence Education are still taking on families looking for school placements right now with places at prestigious institutions open.”
The most likely form of education at the current time remains distance learning. With classroom doors shut most school have now made the transition, at least part, to online distance learning. Using software such as Zoom or Skype to maintain a teacher-student bond is the next best alternative to face-to-face teaching.
Plans for the reopening of schools are at different stages around the world but the one constant is internet-based classes. Check the situation of schools in your chosen area as early as possible, education consultancies will be able to offer expert advice on the best choice to match your requirements.
Much like schools the world of private tutors has faced massive challenges. Suddenly unable to visit students in their homes tutors have turned online, offering 1-1 tutoring through video chats. Tutors offer a personal touch to their teaching methods and possess the unique ability to hone down on subjects that a child is struggling with.
Tutors can work freelance or within agencies and often specialise in one specific subject area. Due to this you may wish to find a tutor to supplement the more traditional classroom learning or any other method of teaching you decide to use.
If you are worried about the lingering impact of COVID-19, either the disease itself or the effect of measures schools have been placed under, you may wish to home-school. This is not the easiest form of education for you or the children as it can often be taxing on the family relationship and your professional life.
The key to a successful home-school environment is boundaries. Make sure there are clear times that separate when class is underway and study is required, compared to typical family time around the home. There is a limit on the amount of knowledge you can pass on, and with no training there may be times where acceptable teaching methods go out of the window. Therefore, home-schooling is best used as an additional form of education alongside one of the previous two routes.
Materials are available online to assist with lesson creation and education experts can also help ensure you are both in line with the curriculum and delivering lessons in a productive manner.
Whatever option you choose, be sure in the selection. There is uncertainty around every aspect of life right now, but a child’s education is a more important decision than most. It sets their life in motion. For help and support you can always turn to an education consultancy for more tailored advice.