If you’re considering moving to China due to work commitments or other factors, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to face is how you want your children to be educated. There are several choices, and the main one is usually sending your children to an English international school. It’s not something that should be rushed into though, and it’s wise to weigh up the pros and cons. Here, we take a look at what these are.
Firstly, the career prospects for English children who attend school in China are second to none. Many leavers have gone on to great things, such as studying at some of the very best universities in the world and securing high-level employment with reputable businesses with a record of excellence.
For many parents, sending children to an English international school while they’re in China is the best option in terms of teaching their little ones about the world around them and the different cultures that they’ll experience during the course of their lives. Adjusting to a new country can be tricky, but when they’re supported in the classroom and are working alongside their peers, the transition becomes much easier. It won’t be long until they have a firm grasp of their new environment, whilst still keeping a firm grasp of their roots.
Whilst these advantages can seem attractive, it’s important to also know the potential downsides. The cost involved can certainly be considered to be one of these. The price of good quality English education in China can be quite high, and this can sometimes put a strain on families while they’re adjusting to their new country. It’s very important that finances are carefully planned out before any commitments are made.
Of course, many children will also feel terribly homesick, even when placed in an English international school. This is something that all parents should consider when thinking about moving abroad with their children, as it can have an impact on the whole family. It should be noted, however, that because children will be learning alongside others in a similar position to themselves, the transition can be easier than many initially expect.
Before making your decision, make sure that you have carefully considered each of these points and how they will apply to your own family. There isn’t a definitive answer when it comes to the education of your children, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach.
Article written by Nord Anglia Education Shunyi – an international school in China providing education to over 1,100 students from ages 1-18.