Exploring Curricula & Higher Education Options

Friday, 27 November 2020, 10am GMT

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Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor Relocate magazine, Relocate Global and the Guide to International Education & Schools and UK Guide, shares her insights on the options in the UK and the English system including International iGCSE and international A Levels.


Johanna Sale, Vice Principal of Impington Village and International College

Kate Raison, UK Study Options

Richard Parker, Head of the International School of London

Ksenija Popac, Founder and Managing Director of EMG School Placement.

In this informative webinar our panel of schools and education consultants will cover the range of curriculum options available to children moving around the world and locally, and provide advice on how to choose the right one for your child. We explore which curricula are most suitable for families changing location frequently on an international assignment including the International Baccalaureate, English, French, German, US and other national education systems and how they are viewed by universities.

We also welcome Kate Raison from UK Study Options. She will discuss how to help both international and UK students to gain entry to the top universities and courses in the UK. As the leading experts in UK University Fee Status, she will explain how her company has helped over 1,000 British or European expat families to maintain their Home/EU fee status eligibility.

The panel will cover advice on personal statements, the importance of gaining work experience and what to look for when visiting shortlisted universities.


Jo Sale, Vice Principal of Impington Village and International College
Johanna Sale is the Vice Principal of Impington Village and International College, which was named the UK’s top non-selective provider of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in the Sunday Times Parent Power 2020. Jo has been at the College for over 20 years and, as part of her role, is responsible for the International College, whole College curriculum, homework and options processes for students. She is committed to developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people, who go on to achieve excellence in whichever path they choose.

During her time at the College, Jo has been IB Diploma Programme (DP) coordinator and Head of Sixth Form, worked on expanding the DP curriculum, implemented the IB Career-related Programme (CP) and developed a number of new Scholarship programmes in partnership with major external companies and organisations. She is now leading on establishing the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) within the co-located secondary school, Impington Village College.

Prior to Impington International College, Jo studied English Literature and Philosophy at St Andrews University, followed by a PGCE at Cambridge. She also has a Master’s degree in Education from Cambridge.

Kate Raison
Kate Raison worked for many years in admissions and international student recruitment for Imperial College London, University of Birmingham and Cranfield University before becoming Director of UK Study Options. She has extensive knowledge of higher education options in the UK for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. She provides independent university and careers advice to students all over the world, helping them to secure places at the top universities and courses in the UK, including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, Durham, St Andrews, Kings, UCL, LSE and many more. She is also the leading expert on UK University fee status and advises multi-national companies, internationals schools and expat students and parents on this complex topic. She has recently completed her Executive MBA at Cranfield University.

Richard Parker is currently Head of the International School of London. He has been part of the ISL group for six years. He was born in the UK and studied History at Cambridge University. He began his career in a legal aid firm in London, before changing paths five years later and moving into education. He has a broad experience of international education, having worked in Hong Kong, Portugal, Brunei and Spain over the course of nineteen years. He has taught History and Theory of Knowledge around the world.  He has been an MYP workshop leader, running workshops introducing senior leaders to the IB MYP programme. He is a CIS Visitor and Chair, and has an MA in International Education from Bath University. He has written a chapter on the implications of brain research for school transitions in the book Exploring Issues of Continuity: The International Baccalaureate in a Wider Context. He is married with two children. 


Ksenija Popac M.Ed. is the Founder and Managing Director of EMG School Placement www.emgschoolplacement.com.

She is a senior educational consultant and an expat who spent 21 years in Germany. She loved living in Düsseldorf where she built up her career and reputation by finding solutions for families relocating with school children; dealing with repatriation, providing her expertise on international and local school systems and curricula on a worldwide basis, helping parents make informed decisions in finding the most suitable school for their children.

A graduate of the College of New Jersey with a Master’s degree in Education. She has over 25 years of international experience in teaching, IB curriculum and educational consulting. As an entrepreneur she successfully started and ran her own language school for Business English.

A multilingual speaker fluent in English, German, Dutch, Spanish and Serbian, and is currently learning Russian. She enjoys traveling which is a great opportunity to practice the languages she has acquired.

In April 2018 Ksenija relocated to Sneek, the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and a teenage daughter.

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Includes interview with guest Catalina Gardescu, Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest talking about what all parents need to know about admissions procedure and the importance of parent liaison and the parent community.

Catalina Gardescu currently heads the Admissions, Communications and External Relations Department at the American International School of Bucharest.  Catalina’s portfolio of work includes parent interviews, admissions projections, publications and communications, parent relations, fundraising, alumni relations and strategic marketing.  She is part of the leadership team of the school and helps create the school budget, marketing and communication strategies, as well as conducts the school fundraising program.   She sits on the tuition support committee and heads the school’s scholarship committee.

Catalina was involved in creating the first ever ECIS Admissions Committee, Open Apply admissions workshops – of which she designed and led Admissions Certification Courses in Shanghai, Singapore and Sofia - founded the International Admissions Bulletin (currently published by Open Apply) and continues to support the profession in any way she can.

Meet the speakers

Find out more about all of the speakers and panelists who participated in the autumn 2020 Great International Education & Schools Fair.

Find the perfect school from the comfort of your home

Now is the ideal time to discover the right school for your child. As schools hosted Open Days and Virtual Events throughout the autumn, we used the opportunity throughout November to showcase the schools around the world that welcome relocating families and international students, not only at the beginning of a new academic year, but also at any time, with rolling admissions to meet the needs of families on the move.

The next Great International Education & Schools' Fair is coming in spring 2021

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