Families who are offered an overseas posting need to consider carefully the education available for their children. The type and quality of education available will differ from country to country. The opportunity for a child to be educated in a different system and different culture can have tremendous advantages but parents must weigh up carefully the advantages and disadvantages. There are roughly four types of provision:
- Areas where there is MOD provision under Service Children’s Education (see below)
- Local provision within countries that are predominantly English speaking
- Access to English speaking International Schools within countries that are non-English speaking
- Local provision within non-English speaking countries
Service Children’s Education (SCE) is part of DCYP and provides schools and educational support for children of the UK armed forces, Ministry of Defence personnel and MOD sponsored organisations stationed overseas. SCE has schools in Germany, Cyprus, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Falkland Islands, Italy and the Netherlands. In other locations local schooling may be available.