10 December 2016

The Education Dilemma: How Do You Build Your Children's Future With Brexit?

As the UK is getting ready for the Article 50 next year, parents are wondering already how the Brexit strategy will impact their lives and the one of their children. While there is no certainty at the moment, it is important to be aware of the potential risks for their future, and to take now the best dispositions to avoid the worst case scenario on the behalf of your children. This, naturally, does not mean stopping Brexit. This means understanding what might happen for your children and making sure that you plan your options in advance. 

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Will It Be A New Start At School?
It is unlikely that September 2017 will see a palette of new school reforms that are coming from the Brexit negotiations. The British school system is not regulated by EU legislation. Consequently, next year will be back to school as normally as the years before. There shouldn’t be any visible change to the school system during the first years. However, there are potential losses that you need to be aware of. Language teachers, who studied a foreign language at university, have had the opportunity to spend a mandatory year abroad, as part of the Erasmus European studies exchange agreement. 

By leaving the EU, the UK will very probably leave the Erasmus programme, and consequently foreign language teachers will not be able to spend a full year of immersion in the language they will teach. In the long term, this might mean lower quality of teaching for your children. So, if you are worried about yours kids’ lacking foreign languages, which are always a hit on a CV, it might be a good idea to plan a holiday abroad with them.

Will Children Completely Drop Foreign Languages?

This is very unlikely! But, as a parent, you need to review options to give your kids the best chances for the future. Travelling will be naturally a way of improving their skills, and gaining an understanding of a foreign culture, and every school teacher knows that. So, if you remember your old teacher organizing the yearly france school trips, it is more than likely than current teachers will try to look at ways to maintain the tradition, at the cost of a heavier administrative charge once the UK is out of the EU. Besides, it is too early to say what the outcome of the Brexit negotiations will be, as it is also in the interest of the rest of the EU to maintain free movement of people throughout the area. So, maybe that, after all, the old school trips abroad will continue to bring cherished memories to the children of future generations!

Will Children Have The Same Chances At University?

At the moment, universities have warned that without the EU fundings their fees are likely to go up, while the amount of foreign expertise might go down. The investment in research will also be impacted, as the EU has invested more than half a billion pounds a year in the recent years. This is most likely going to disappear, unless special agreements are met for the education. What this means at the moment is that fees will be higher for students everywhere. Consequently, as a parent, it is highly recommended that you prepare for the worst case scenario, and start putting your savings toward your children’s education. There is no guarantee that fundings will drop, as there is no decision at the moment, but it will be a smart move to get prepared in case they do. 

1 comment:

  1. I certainly agree with saving towards your children's education but I suspect it is still too soon to say how Brexit will pan out. It may be as late as 2020 before Article 50 is triggered.