Relocating to another country can be an exciting, adventurous time for many, but throw in school-aged children, and suddenly you’re faced with many tough decisions.
Education remains a top concern for families relocating. School choices are at the heart of many decisions that will impact the assignment. Some countries face a severe shortage of school placements, forcing many families to wait for that secure placement before accepting the assignment.
At a recent International Education Forum hosted by Re:locate magazine, industry professionals were invited to participate in discussions with thought leaders about this issue.
The Forum featured a number of international education experts and relocation professionals in a full day program which addressed issues including:
- Growth trends in the international schools market
- Helping parents choose an international school
- International schools curricula in detail
- Education options and relocation challenges in the Middle East
- Education options and relocation challenges in Asia
Re:locate also unveiled their International Education Guide, designed to offer practical information and advice on selecting a school, international curriculum options and education around the world, as well as articles to help employers and relocation professionals support relocating families. The guide also features directories of education suppliers and school associations.
Lexicon’s Avrom Goldberg, senior vice president of global solutions, was invited to share insights from the China Global Mobility 360° survey. Goldberg spoke about key relocation challenges in China, drawing on the findings of the survey.
In an article about the event, Re:locate said: “We know that education and school choices are at the heart of any major family move; in fact, family issues consistently sit at the top of the list of critical challenges to relocation assignment success. We recognise that the number of international schools across the globe is expanding at an astonishing rate, but in numerous areas there is a shortage of places. Many relocating families now demand the security of a school place before accepting a new assignment. We therefore appreciate how important it is for HR to be informed about the issues to help families make the right choices for their children.”
More details on the International Education Forum and the Re:locate Global Guide to International Education & Schools can be found at www.relocatemagazine.com