The Great International Education & Schools Fair goes Live!

Relocate Global’s Fiona Murchie kicked off a month of virtual school tours, webinars, high-profile guest speakers and dynamic content on Monday, in the first ever Great International Schools & Education Fair.

Publishing high-quality international schools and education guides has long been core to Relocate Global’s remit of supporting employers with globally mobile populations and families on the move, and providing a community for information sharing and support. However, the coronavirus pandemic has created an urgent need for a space where the latest information and advice can be shared for parents relocating and those looking to make critical – and perhaps speedy – education decisions while planning an international relocation.“The admissions cycle usually starts in September, but this year is different because lots of people found themselves not where they were expecting to be because of coronavirus,” explained Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor of Relocate Global. “Lots of employers and parents are still looking for schools now and to find a place for the next academic year.” 

Finding an international school in the pandemic

The first-ever Relocate Awards, which were held in the middle of the first UK lockdown in May and received well over 9,000 views, showcased the fantastic and valuable work international schools, tutors and education consultants were doing in the pandemic.This year’s Relocate Awards celebrated not only schools’ successes in settling relocating children and their families, but also the steps taken to ensure school remains a place of stability and community in the midst of significant disruption to daily life. “I was really impressed by how schools around the world have risen to address the impact of the pandemic, and by how quick they were to get their lessons and curriculum online,” said Fiona Murchie during her interview on Monday at the opening webinar with BBC World presenter Jayne Constantinis“Relocate Global’s Great International Education & Schools Fair is capturing all this knowledge for parents planning their next move now or in the next few years, and their employers.” 

Making education decisions for an international move

Relocate Global’s website has a dedicated section with a wealth of resources about schools organised by region and country, as well as practical guides for helping to choose and apply for schools. These include curriculum choice and boarding options.“All this information is in one place on our website and is so easy to get hold of and share, including our eBooks,” said Fiona Murchie.By accessing Relocate Global’s Great International Education & Schools Fair online resources, employers of globally mobile employees and relocating families will “get a really enlightening overview of the opportunities available wherever you are going in the world,” said Fiona Murchie. “There’s advice on how select the right school for your individual circumstances, settling in tips and factors to consider around transfers and future assignments.”

Renowned education experts and up-to-date advice

Congratulating Fiona for creating this ground-breaking month-long event, Jayne Constantinis said that the content “is very practical and it’s not just talking.”Over the next four weeks of November, Relocate Global’s Great International Education & Schools Fair will welcome special guests, including webinars and Q&A sessions with:These webinars will give parents, employers, relocation expertise and educators the opportunity to ask questions directly and share findings with each other.

What’s on when

Each week of the Great International Education & Schools Fair has its own focus:
  • Week one: international schools’ innovation and the response to the pandemic
  • Week two: making transitions, managing change and STEM
  • Week three: regional and country focus
  • Week four: international further and higher education options, plus bringing the key themes together in a recap.
Running alongside and supporting the Great International Education & Schools Fair are a Relocation and Wellbeing hub. This offers plenty of opportunities to find out about relocation support on offer around the world.The Future of Work hub will also provide a great platform to share views with colleagues and peers across the world of global mobility, and schools educating talent of the future.

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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