Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

British Schools Overseas Fear Losing 'Stepping Stone' Status

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

British Schools Overseas Fear Losing 'Stepping Stone' Status

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European parents may spurn BSOs if students no longer qualify for loans to attend UK universities

British schools in EU countries could lose their appeal among parents after the Brexit vote because of a lack of clarity over EU students' access to UK universities, a representative body has warned.

The Council of British International Schools (Cobis) has written to the Department for Education to outline its concerns, as about 45 per cent of the body's 265 members are based in the EU.

Cobis' letter points out that parents choose to send their children to British schools overseas (BSOs) in Europe because they provide a stepping stone to a prestigious university education in the UK.

But Cobis says that it is unclear whether EU students will continue to benefit from loans to pay UK university fees, or whether they will have to pay the higher rates charged to overseas students from outside Europe.

The letter also asks for reassurances on whether A levels will continue to be accepted by European universities and whether British teachers working in Europe will continue to have their qualifications recognised and be able to work in those countries freely.

"Look at the investment families have put in from the early years right through to the age of 18," said Colin Bell, chief executive of Cobis. …

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