PRIMARY EDUCATION

Primary education is very popular among parents in Sri Lanka. The main reason is no special qualification is required for the child and as well as for the parent AND PARENTS CAN GO FREE OF CHARGE WITH THE CHILD OR CHILDREN. Parents can take their young kids for education in Australia, Canada or the United Kingdom if they possess financial resources to do so. The normal details are as follows;

 

AUSTRALIA

Any child at the ages  between 06 and 17 years
A parent can go with the child
No fees or payment for the parent
High English knowledge not required
IELTS / TOEFL not required
Annual School Fees; Aus Dollars  10,000/- to 12,000/- with OSHC
Application Fee Aus. Dollars 225/-
No agency fees and no other fees

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CANADA

Any child at the ages between 06 and 17 years
A parent can go with the child
No fees or payment for the parent
High English knowledge not required
IELTS / TOEFL not required
Annual School Fee Can. Dollars 14,000/-
Child’s annual health insurance fee Can. Dollars 500/-
Application fee Can. Dollars 250/-
No agency fee or any other fee

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UNITED KINGDOM

Any child at the ages between 06 and 17 years
A parent can go with the child
No fees or payment for the parent

High English knowledge not required
IELTS / TOEFL not required
Annual School Fee UK £ 14,500/-
Child’s annual health insurance fee UK £ 500/-
Application fee UK £ 250/-
No agency fee or any other fee.

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REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR THE APPLICATION

  • Letter from the Principal.
  • Class Reports for the last two years –Translated into English
  • Vaccination Card –  Translated into English
  • Passport (student & parents)
  • Photographs  : Three copies of each member
  • Birth Certificates Translated into English and certified as “True Copy” by an Attorney at law.
  • Copy of Main Applicant’s Birth Certificate
  • Copy of parent’s Birth Certificate

PRIMARY EDUCATION  (CANADA)

International Students – Kindergarten to Grade 12

The Canada School Boards are proud to be the most diverse and multicultural school boards in the world. We welcome students from all countries.

Attending school in Canada is a rewarding experience with many benefits. Toronto / Vancouver are beautiful, clean and safe cities. International students will learn about other diverse cultures, gain new perspectives and meet new friends while getting a first rate education.

Our teachers and counselors understand the needs of our international students and know that they often require help adjusting to life in a new country. Our staff speaks a variety of languages and they are always willing to offer friendly guidance on academic and personal issues.

Schools for International Students

Elementary Schools

 

Elementary schools provide Kindergarten programs (for children aged 4 and 5) and programs for Grades 1 to Grade 8.

Placement in school is based on the address of the custodian or parent in the City of Toronto and is subject to availability of space and school.  To identify a home school for student, two proof of address are required:

  1. Original current rental lease or property tax bill
  2. Original current utility bill (Hydro, Water, Gas or Cable) or home telephone bill or bank letter

In the Ontario education system an elementary student is placed in a grade according to age. The Toronto District School Board reserves the right to determine final school and grade placement.

Secondary Schools

Secondary schools offer programs from Grade 9 through to Grade 12. To receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, students need to complete at least 30 credits in secondary school (one credit is normally one course). Students planning to attend university can include the required six preparation courses in their senior level of studies to meet university entrance requirements.

There are 28 TDSB secondary schools currently accepting international students. Students may indicate their top three school preferences on the application form. Placement depends on space and programming. We do reserve the right to make the final decision regarding the student’s placement. If no preference is indicated, the student will be placed in the most appropriate school.

Custodianship Information

Custodians act as official contacts for school matters regarding international students. They are also responsible for the proper care and supervision of students as appropriate. Custodians must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

APPLICATION FEE: $250.00 CAD NON-REFUNDABLE TUITION FEE: ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (JK – 8) Full Year $14,000.00 CAD September to June February to January Half Year $ 7,000.00 CAD September to January February to June SECONDARY SCHOOLS (GRADES 9 – 12) Full Year $14,500.00 CAD September to June February to January max. 8 courses One Semester $ 7,250.00 CAD September to January February to June max. 4 courses • Detailed payment instructions available at www.studytoronto.ca. • Tuition Fee is to be made payable to the Toronto District School Board by certified cheque, bank draft, money order in Canadian currency or through wire transfer. Please add $40.00 CDN bank service charge if you’re paying by wire transfer. • Health Insurance is included in the tuition fee. Comprehensive health insurance is mandatory in Ontario and every international student must have this coverage while studying in Toronto.

AUSTRALIA PRIMARY EDUCATION

Receiving an Australian education and being near a good school are major draw cards for foreign investors when considering property.

From July 1, students aged six and above would be able to apply for student visas regardless of their country of citizenship – and their guardians can also apply for Guardian visas (subclass 580). 

Currently, the system assesses applications based on immigration risk and most Chinese students are ranked at level three, the highest risk, requiring the most evidence to support applications.

These visa-rule changes, which were announced during Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to China in April, also mean non-residents can buy several new properties or one existing property.

South Australian government primary schools offer dynamic learning environments that encourage students to develop skills and discover new interests. Classrooms are spacious and there are specialist learning areas, computer suites and extensive sporting and outdoor play areas.

You can choose a school that is near the beach, close to the city Centre or in the country.

As a primary school student you will be accompanied by your parent or guardian.

Nomination of Student Guardian

Provide completed Form 157N – Nomination of Student Guardian with your visa application or it will not be valid.

Attach electronic copies of your documents to your visa application or electronic documents to your visa application or your visa could be refused.

Pre-qualifying visas

If you are applying in Australia, you must hold a current substantive temporary visa, but not one of the following:

  • Domestic Worker (Temporary) – Diplomatic or Consular visa (subclass 426)
  • Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or consular) stream
  • Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) – primary visa holder only. This means a family member of a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) can apply for a Student visa in Australia.
  • Transit visa (subclass 771)
  • Visitor visa (subclass 600) in the ‘Sponsored Family’ stream or in the ‘Approved Destination Status’ stream.

A substantive temporary visa is any visa except a bridging visa, criminal justice or enforcement visa. It allows the visa holder to remain temporarily in Australia.

 

Bringing children

You can only bring children under six years old if either:

  • there are compelling andcompassionate reasons
  • the granting the visa would significantly benefit the relationship between the Australian Government and the government of another country. If this is the case, you must be at least 21 and the student must be supported in writing by a parent or person who has custody

The child must meet the same health requirements as you and have health insurance for the duration of their stay in Australia.

Children six years old or older can come with you but they must apply for their own student visa.

The visa

 

About this visa

This visa is for someone to come to Australia to provide care and support for:

  • a student visa holder who is under 18 years of age or
  • a student visa holder who is 18 years of age or older and needs care and support due to exceptional circumstances.

You can apply for this visa from in or outside Australia.

What this visa lets you do

The visa does not generally allow you to work.

You can care for more than one student.

Generally, there can be only one Student Guardian visa holder per student visa holder.

How long this visa lasts

You can stay in Australia for the same length of time as the student visa holder or until the student turns 18 years of age.

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UK Primary Education

British schools have a mixed reputation: while the quality of state education varies widely, universities and other higher education institutions have an excellent international reputation and educate tens of thousands of foreign students a year from all corners of the globe.

Full-time education is compulsory in the UK for all children between the ages of 5 (4 in Northern Ireland) and 16, including the children of foreign nationals permanently or temporarily resident in the UK for a year or longer. No fees are payable in state schools, which are attended by over 90 per cent of pupils.

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The rest attend one of the 3,200 private fee-paying schools, which include American, international and foreign schools. A large majority of pupils stay on at school after the age of 16 or go on to higher education, but a study in 2012 showed a drop of almost 32,000 students staying in education post-16. Currently, in 2013, young people in Year 11 (England) and Year 12 (Northern Ireland) are entitled to leave compulsory education at the end of the school year in which they reach 16. However, from 2015, all young people in England will have to either be in school or on an approved training scheme until they are 18.

Most state schools (primary and secondary) are co-educational (mixed) day schools, with the exception of a few secondary schools that accept boarders. Private schools include day and boarding schools and comprise of single-sex and coeducational institutions. Admission to a state school for foreign children is dependent on the type and duration of the residence permit granted to their parents. Your choice of state and private schools varies considerably depending on where you live.

Stages of education

England:

  • Infant schools (Ages: 4+ to 7)
  • Junior schools (Ages: 7+ to 11)
  • Primary schools (Ages: 4+ to 11)
  • Middle schools (Ages: 4 – 12, 4 – 13, 8 – 12, 9 – 12, 9 – 13, 10 – 13, 10 – 14)
  • Secondary/High Schools (Ages: generally 11 -16 or 11 – 18)
  • Studio schools: for students aged 14 – 19 who require an education based on the world of work which promotes employability and citizenship
  • Sixth form colleges (Ages: 16 – 18)
  • State boarding schools: most of these accommodate those in the secondary/high school age ranges, but two offer primary provision as well (Ages: 7-18, 4-16)
  • Special schools: for children with more complex and long term special educational needs. Age ranges vary, and children enrolling in special schools must have a ‘Statement’.
  • Academies: these are state schools funded directly by central government. They offer provision for any or several age ranges and accommodate for special needs.
  • Free schools: result of a demand for better education in the local area and are established upon the approval of the Secretary of State for Education with funding from central government

The age ranges in the English education system are becoming more varied, with some academies now proposing an all through education from the first year of statutory education to the age of 18. Furthermore, some schools in different phases of education are now federated, meaning they remain separate but are managed under one overall structure.

Scotland:

  • Primary (Ages: 4.5 – 12)
  • Secondary (Ages: 12 – 16+, 12 – 18)
  • Special (age ranges vary)

Wales:

More or less identical to the system in England, except there are no middle schools and there is one state boarding school.

More information about state boarding schools can be obtained from the State Boarding Schools’ Association.

Northern Ireland:

  • Primary (Ages: 4+ to 11)
  • Post-primary (Ages: 11 – 16, 11 – 18)
  • Special (age ranges vary)

Nursery & pre-school in the UK

Attendance at a nursery school or kindergarten for children under five isn’t compulsory. All children must start compulsory schooling in the term following their fifth birthday. A government scheme introduced in 1998 makes provision for part-time, ‘early years’ education for four-year olds from the term following their fourth birthday.

Children are guaranteed three two-and-a-half hour sessions a week at a registered play scheme or school of the parents’ choice, which is one of the lowest provisions of nursery education in Europe (in Belgium and France 95 per cent of children attend a nursery school). Children from three to five years old may be catered for in local state nursery schools, in nursery schools attached to primary schools or registered play schemes.

However, the provision of state nursery schools by LEAs isn’t mandatory, although LEAs must ensure that there are places at play schemes if there aren’t enough state nursery schools. Admission to nursery education is usually on a first-come, first-served basis. Nursery schools have no catchment area and you can apply to any number of schools, although you must register your child for entry as soon as possible. One advantage of putting your child down for entry at a state nursery school attached to a primary school is that you’re usually ensured your child has a place at the primary school later.

The cost of private nursery school varies. Around 6 years ago, it ranged from £50 a week or £400 a term, but it can now cost up to £15,000 a year. Average childcare costs are around  £100 short term (25 hours). Some schools allow you to choose a number of morning or afternoon sessions. School hours vary, but may be from 9am to noon (morning session) and 12.15pm to 3.15pm (afternoon session).

Children who attend nursery school all day usually require a packed lunch (a mid-morning snack and drink may be provided by the school). There are over 800 nursery schools in the UK using the world-famous Montessori method of teaching.

If you’re unable to get your child accepted by a state-aided nursery school, you must pay for him to attend a private pre-school playgroup. These usually cost from £2.50 to £4 a session. Many playgroups accept children from age two, but stipulate that they must be toilet trained. Informal play facilities are provided by private nursery schools and playgroups, or may be organised by parents and voluntary bodies such as the Pre-School Learning Alliance (www.pre-school.org.uk), which provides places for some 800,000 under fives. To find out where the nursery schools and playgroups are in your area, get in touch with Childcare Link (0800–096 0296).

Children attend between two and five weekly sessions of two and a half hours a day on average. Parents pay a fee each term and are encouraged to help in the running of the group. A playgroup doesn’t generally provide education (just educational games) for under fives, although research has shown that children who attend play school are generally brighter and usually progress at a much faster rate than those who don’t.

Nursery school is highly recommended, particularly if a child or its parents aren’t of English mother tongue. After one or two years in nursery school, a child is integrated into the local community and is well prepared for primary school (particularly if English isn’t spoken at home). A number of books are available for parents who wish to help their young children learn at home, which most educationalists agree gives children a flying start at school.

Primary school in the UK

Primary education in the UK begins at five years and in state schools is almost always co-educational (mixed boys and girls). Primary school consists mainly of first or infant schools for children aged five to seven (or eight), middle or junior schools for those aged 7 to 11 (or 8 to 12) and combined first and middle schools for both age groups.

In addition, first schools in some parts of England cater for children aged from five to eight, nine or ten, and are the first stage of a three-tier school system: first, middle and secondary. Some primary schools also provide nursery classes for children aged five.

LEAs must provide a primary school place at the start of the term following a child’s fifth birthday, although some admit children earlier. If a child attends a nursery class at a primary school, he usually moves up to the infants’ class at the same school, although it isn’t compulsory. Entry to a primary school isn’t automatic and parents must apply to the head for a place.

The transition in the other UK countries can be seen in the table in the ‘Introduction’ section.

In a few areas, children may take the 11-plus examination, which determines whether they go on to a grammar or high school, or to a secondary modern school.

Secondary school in Britain

Secondary schools are for children from 11 or 12 to 16 and for those who choose to stay on at school until age 18 (called ‘sixth formers’). Most state secondary schools are co-educational, although there are many single-sex schools in Northern Ireland. Students are streamed in some secondary schools for academic subjects. The main types of secondary schools are as follows:

  • Middle schools– Although regarded as secondary schools, middle schools take children aged 8 or 9 who move on to senior comprehensive schools at 12 or 14.
  • Comprehensive Schools– Admission is made without reference to ability or aptitude. Comprehensive schools provide a full range of courses for all levels of ability, from first to sixth year (from ages 11 to 18, although some cater for 11 to 16-year-olds only) and usually take students from the local catchment area. In some counties, all secondary schools are comprehensive.
  • Secondary Modern Schools– Provide a general education with a practical bias for 11 to 16-year-olds who fail to gain acceptance at a grammar or high school. Like comprehensive schools, secondary modern schools cater for students from the local area.
  • Secondary Intermediate– Northern Ireland only. Equivalent to a comprehensive school.
  • Secondary Grammar Schools– Have a selective intake and provide an academic course for pupils aged from 11 to 16 or 18 years.
  • Studio schools: for students aged 14 – 19 who require an education based on the world of work which promotes employability and citizenship
  • Academies– these are state schools funded directly by central government. They offer provision for any or several age ranges and accommodate for special needs.
  • High Schools– Are provided in some areas for those who pass their 11-plus exam, but aren’t accepted at a grammar school.
  • Sixth Form Colleges– Schools where 16-year-olds (e.g. from secondary modern schools) study for two years for GCE A-levels. It also takes students from comprehensive schools catering for 11 to 16-year-olds.
  • Technical Schools– Provide an integrated vocational education (academic and technical) for students aged from 14 to 18. Schools take part in the Technical and Vocational Education Institute (TVEI) scheme, funded by the Manpower Services Commission (MSC).
  • City Technology Colleges– Specialise in technological and scientific courses for children aged 11 to 18 (see below). City Technology Colleges are usually located in deprived parts of the UK.

 

Comprehensive schools are usually divided into five or seven year groups, with the first year having the youngest children, e.g. 11-year-olds. At the age of 16, students can take GCSE examinations or leave school without taking any exams.

After taking their GCSEs, students can usually stay on at school for the sixth form (or transfer to a 6th form college) and spend a further two or three years studying for their A-level examinations, usually in order to qualify for a place at a university. They can also retake or take extra GCSEs or study for the B.Tech or GNVQ (General National Vocational Qualification) exams at a 6th form college. Around 40 per cent of all students stay on at secondary school to take A-levels.

The average pupil:teacher ratio in most state secondary schools is around 22, although class sizes are over 30 in some schools. Teaching time is from 22 to 26 hours in secondary schools, but may be increased to boost exam results.

City technology colleges are state-aided, independent of LEAs, and are a recent innovation in state education for 11 to 18-year-olds. Their aim is to widen the choice of secondary education in disadvantaged urban areas and to teach a broad curriculum with an emphasis on science, technology, business understanding and arts technologies. Although initially received with hostility and skepticism by the educational establishment, technology colleges have proved a huge success.

State or private school

One of the most important decisions facing newcomers to the UK is whether to send their children to a state or private school. In some areas, state schools equal the best private schools, while in others (particularly in neglected inner city areas) they lack resources and may achieve poor results. In general, girls achieve much better results than boys and immigrant children (e.g. from Asia) often do particularly well. The UK’s education system has had a bad press in recent years and, according to many surveys, is falling behind the leading countries, particularly in mathematics (maths) and science.

Many parents prefer to send their children to a private school, often making financial sacrifices to do so. Not so many years ago, private education was the preserve of the children of the nobility and the rich, although today around half of the parents of private school pupils were themselves educated at state schools. There has been a sharp increase in the number of children attending private schools in recent years, owing to the increasing affluence of the middle classes.

There’s no legal obligation for parents in the UK to send their children to school, and they may educate them themselves or employ private tutors. This can be referred to as ‘home schooling’, but the legal term in England is ‘education otherwise than at school’. Parents educating their children at home don’t require a teaching qualification, although they must satisfy the local education authority in that the child is receiving full-time education appropriate to his or her age, abilities and aptitudes (they check and may test your child). Expat parents considering this possibility are advised to consult organisations such as ‘Education Otherwise’ for information about this option and its implications.

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