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Corporate Relocation - School Search White Paper: Schools desktop vs education consultation

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HCR’s core philosophy is to help families fully understand their educational choices and the future impact of those choices, so that they have confidence in their decisions. The following white paper explores the differences between desktop searches and education. The successful placement of assignee’s children in suitable schools is critical to the overall success of an assignment. HCR demonstrates its understanding of the importance of educational assistance by considering schooling, housing and lifestyle simultaneously.

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Corporate Relocation - School Search White Paper: Schools desktop vs education consultation

  1. 1. School Assistance Desk Top Search versus Education Consultation HCR’s core philosophy is to help families fully understand their educational choices and the future impact of those choices, so that they have confidence in their decisions. The successful placement of an assignee’s children in suitable schools is critical to the overall success of an assignment. HCR demonstrates its understanding of the importance of educational assistance by considering schooling, housing and lifestyle simultaneously. For desktop searches HCR uses comprehensive databases of educational institutions for all school systems. Education Consultation with our dedicated Education Adviser includes databases together with their own invaluable personal contacts and close links with top schools around the world to manage School Search Programmes relating to:-  State funded local schools  Special needs schools  Public schools  International schools  Home country syllabus schools (e.g. French, German, Japanese)  Fee paying local schools Domestic versus International Domestic Relocation For assignees relocating within the UK, it can be assumed that the families are familiar with the UK school system.  If the children enjoy private education in their Home city, often private education will be their preferred method of continuing the education of their children in the Host City.  Should the children at home visit government schools the likelihood of the family continuing the state education is high. If there are no critical age considerations in most instances HCR will provide a desktop search. Critical Age/Grade However, it must be taken into consideration that certain strategic decisions might have to be taken at specific grade levels, which include:-  Grade 6 – which secondary school for Grade 7  Grade 9 – which GCSEs to choose for Grade 10 and 11  Grade 11 – stay in current school to attend 6th Form or choose a dedicated 6th Form College Often parents are unaware of the school offerings in the Host City and how the final school choice affects the long term future when the incorrect school is chosen. © HCR Ltd, 2010 Page 1 of 3
  2. 2. HCR can assist by providing two levels of service, either a desk top search or the provision of a dedicated Education Consultant. Desktop Search Our desk top search provides information, matching the age of the children:-  Name of possible Schools  Number of pupils  Results for English / Maths / Science  Address, Tel no., websites  Age range  Ofsted Report no  Results - SAT Key Stage 2 and/or GCSE by area Education Consultant Should the children fall into the above categories of grade considerations, we would strongly advise to provide assistance through our Education Consultant who understands the pressures and challenges of choosing the right education options for one's children. During a telephone discussion between the family and our Education Consultant the long terms plans, ambitions and goal, current education and special needs are discussed. The information we provide is tailored to the needs of each individual family but can include:-  Advice and implication of choices in relation to the ages of the children in the family, matching the individual needs and requirements  An overview of the independent and state education choices in the travel to work area  Prospectuses and websites for local schools both independent and state  Possibility of places at relevant schools  Information appropriate and responsive to the children's needs e.g.: class size in primary schools / subjects at GCSE in secondary schools  Results - SATs (key stages 1, 2 & 3 where available) and GCSE  Support, advice and insight to application process to schools. This includes helping with appeals to state schools if necessary Looking at HCR’s client base, about 90 % of authorised school searches provide Education Advice for children when they fall into the ‘critical grade/age’ category. International For your international employees with children, finding the right education options is the key element in ensuring a successful relocation. Most often the continuous education for children is the main concern of a family. What education is available? Should private versus government school be the choice? How does the Home Education compare to the Host Country Education? What are critical and key stages? How do different term starting times effect the placement in certain grades? What is the difference in curriculum’s taught? Does the chosen school have a waiting list? Is there an alternative? What are the costs? How can the disruption to their children be managed? © HCR Ltd, 2010 Page 2 of 3
  3. 3. During a telephone discussion between the family and our Education Consultant the long terms plans, ambitions and goal, current education and special needs are discussed. The information we provide is tailored to the needs of each individual family and our Education Consultant advises families on:-  Advice and implication of choices in relation to the ages of the children in the family  Explanation of the English/Scottish/Welsh/Irish organisation of schooling, relating this to a local education authority organisation where appropriate  An overview of the independent and state education choices in the travel to work area  Prospectuses and websites for local schools both independent and state  Possibility of places at relevant schools  Information appropriate and responsive to the children's needs e.g.: class size in primary schools / subjects at GCSE in secondary schools  Results - SATs (key stages 1, 2 & 3 where available) and GCSE  Help in decision making to select the final school  Mapping information to allow families to see the local geography, amenities and communication routes before arriving in the UK.  Published guide to visiting and understanding schools within the UK, including advice on ensuring that children settle academically and socially.  Regular newsletter to keep families up-to-date with key education developments in the UK.  Support and advice on managing moves from the UK to other countries, focussing on maintaining continuity and quality in each child’s education provision.  Support, advice and insight to application process to schools. This includes helping with appeals to state schools if necessary. All of HCR’s clients instruct Education Consultation (and not desktop search) when relocating international assignees and their families to/from the UK. © HCR Ltd, 2010 Page 3 of 3

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