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  1. #1
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    Hi

    We are moving over to Spain later this year or earlier next year, My grandson will be 7, not sure if it's best to enrol him straight into a spanish school or go mid way & enrol him into an international school.
    The reason for the international school was to give him a chance to catch up on his Spanish, we are bit worried if we put in straight into the Spanish system, he'll be over whelmed and it'll prove tooo much for him.
    If you've gone through this experience any advise would be appreciated

    Sandra

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    Hello Sandra,

    Sorry no one has answered you! I think the reason is because there has been a huge amount of discussion on this subject in the past and no easy solutions. Different people have taken different routes depending on their individual needs. Seven is just young enough to get away with entering state education, but he will need plenty of preparation and support and will take a while to catch up. Also, a lot depends on whether he is likely to continue studying and ultimately working in Spain, or whether he is more likely to return to the UK. This will influence the relative importance you give to Spanish and English studies. Another variant is which part of Spain you are moving to, as some areas are more problematic than others. If you go into my website and into the section "Articles about Living in Spain" you will find an article there about education in Spain which should be of use to you.

    Jane

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    Thanks Jane

    We do plan on living in Spain so it will be for the long haul, the area we are planning to live will probably the Murcia region.
    I will look on the link you advised, and thanks for the reply

    Sandra

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    I would very much advise sending your son to a state school. That┤s what I did when I first came out here nearly three years ago and he┤s fluent now. He is young enough to pick up the language easily. It┤s the older children who experience terrible difficulties. If he can learn a little Spanish before he comes out the task will be so much easier. Or perhaps take a few private lessons for him on the side. Learn all you can too as you will need to help him with homework. In state schools the kids are hearing Spanish five hours a day. Private schools only offer an hour or two so it┤s very difficult for those kids to acquire good Spanish with a decent accent in the cirumstances. They get left far behind if they go to a Spanish school later on. Yes, it┤s in at the deep end for the first term but it gets better. When he┤s been here a year or so it might be worth trying some after-school activities in Spanish as that really helps your kid keep speaking it if he┤s living amongst the English. There are lots of sports, drama and music activities in the main towns.

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    Hi

    I now agree after looking into this in depth and listening to feedback from people who have moved over and been thru the pain it does seem the best move to put him straight into the Spanish system.

    Sandra

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