A Guide to the Education System

Schools in the UK will be relatively similar to those that you have attended or taught in at home. However, there are aspects of organisation and curriculum that will differ. This is just a brief overview of the UK education system, you will find the link to the TimePlan education guide at the bottom of these page for more details.

All children in England between the ages of 5 and 16 are entitled to a free place at a state school. The four main types of state school follow the National Curriculum and are regularly inspected by Ofsted. They include Community Schools, Foundation and Trust Schools, Voluntary-aided Schools and Voluntary-controlled Schools.

Within the state schools system there are a number of schools with particular characteristics and include Academies, City Technology Colleges, Community and Foundation Special Schools, Faith Schools, Grammar Schools and Specialist Schools.

Independent Schools, also known as Private or Public Schools are funded by fees paid by parents. These schools are not required to teach the National Curriculum and have their own admissions policies. They have to be regularly monitored for standards either by Ofsted or the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Education Guide