Education in Hong Kong
As a former British territory, the education system in Hong Kong is largely based on that of the UK and is overseen by the Hong Kong Education Bureau and Social Welfare Department. Public schools are funded by the government, however as the curriculum is predominantly taught in Cantonese, most expat families find international private schooling to be the most suitable option.
By law, children in Hong Kong are required to attend school from the age of 6, however exemptions are made for those with a reasonable excuse, including those who wish to home-educate. Home-schooling is legal in Hong Kong, and families are advised to notify the Education Bureau if they do not wish to send their child to traditional school.
British Expats in Hong Kong
Expats account for around 4.6% of the total population of Hong Kong, 17,455 of whom are from the UK. While it is one of the most popular destinations for British expats in the world, the costs of international schooling are notoriously high and have increased by around 10% over the past few years.
British parents working in Hong Kong may receive an expat package which can sometimes include subsidised school fees. However, the number of companies who are offering this is declining, which for some may make international school fees in Hong Kong prohibitively expensive.
Online education for expats
Online British schools have seen a surge in popularity over the last ten years. They provide a way for children around the world to study the English National Curriculum. My Online Schooling follows the accredited British National curriculum all the way through from KS2 and iGCSE, and from January 2020 will be delivering A-Level courses. For expatriates, this is can be an affordable and more flexible option for educating children when living abroad.
Here are 6 reasons why online education is an excellent alternative to traditional home-schooling or international schooling:
A clear home-schooling roadmap
Many British expat parents who move to Hong Kong are pursuing career goals. This means that they are not able to commit the time and energy required to be a full-time educator for their children, or may not have the training or knowledge.
With online schooling, qualified teachers take the lead in teaching, and deliver lessons to British National Curriculum standards. This creates a daily routine and schedule for students, which is important in creating structure and discipline to the days they spend at home.
We support students to set educational goals and take exams at scheduled times, and to create a roadmap for the year with a clear sense of direction. A structured routine creates an environment for productivity and success.
High quality and internationally competitive education
My Online Schooling delivers the accredited British National Curriculum, through high quality lessons and qualified teachers. They deliver fully interactive lessons in online classrooms, set homework and provide feedback after each lesson, and develop a personalised learning plan to enable each student to achieve their full potential.
It is widely acknowledged that a British education and qualifications are highly sought after around the world. IGCSEs and A levels are internationally recognised by colleges, universities, and employers, and for many are the gold standard in assessment. At My Online Schooling, students are supported to prepare for formal iGCSE and A-level examinations, which can be taken at local exam centres in Hong Kong.
This also means that if students return to the UK, slotting back into mainstream schooling is seamless. There is a significant correlation between educational attainment at school, and future career prospects. By achieving British educational qualifications, parents can give their children the best possible chance of gaining fulfilling employment that fuels their passions in an increasingly competitive global market.
More affordable than international schools
The cost of education in Hong Kong is high for British expatriates. School fees in Hong Kong are ranked in the top ten most expensive in the world, an Expat Finder report found in 2017.
Paying for international schooling can place a significant financial burden on parents. For some, however, it is seen as the only option to give their children the best possible education. Online schooling, however, provides a quality education for young people at a fraction of the cost of international schools.
Work around your lifestyle
By studying from home, children don’t have to navigate transport in a brand new and busy city, or rely on lifts from parents at awkward times, which can be difficult to fit in around working commitments.
Live-in nannies and domestic helpers are popular among expat families in Hong Kong, and so they can provide supervision for children while they study. This means that parents are free to work sometimes long hours without having to fit in school pick-ups and drop-offs.
The flexibility of home-based, online education allows students more time to take part in extracurricular activities and clubs which can boost their social lives, as well as their university applications, such as orchestras, debating clubs, sports, extra classes or volunteering.
Lessons can be taught no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have a stable internet connection. For families who travel or move around frequently, school terms don’t have to be disrupted, while being able to trust that qualified teachers are delivering the curriculum reduces the pressure on parents to home educate their children themselves.
Online Schooling also provides support and advice to parents every step of the way, ensuring that the quality of education being provided is consistent and never compromised.
Encourages independence and self-discipline
Online Schooling fosters self discipline, as it requires students to manage their time effectively. Pupils must sign into classes on time, complete all their homework, and ask for help if and when they need it. This develops their abilities as independent learners, an essential and valuable skill for university , as well as later in life in the workplace.
Meet diverse learning needs
With online schooling, classes are kept small, which means fewer distractions. Teachers are also able to provide the time and attention essential for nurturing each individual’s needs, so that every pupil’s learning is carefully supported, and progress is being made. As a result, students in online schools have been shown to have higher rates of exam success.
Our experienced teachers, trained in the British curriculum, are well-versed in adapting their teaching styles for students with different learning requirements. This can range from challenging high achievers, to supporting those with special learning or behavioural needs, to rebuilding the confidence of those who have struggled in school. Whatever the student’s needs, teachers set goals, track their progress, and help them to excel.
The Benefits of Online Learning
Completing an excellent British education online offers a range of benefits for students. As part of an international community of independent learners, they gain more free time to engage in Hong Kong’s incredible opportunities, to socialise and to pursue passions for sports and hobbies. Learning is flexible, and can be done anywhere in the world with a stable internet connection.
Online schooling offers a complete and more affordable alternative to international schooling, and provides an education of exceptionally high quality that meets British educational standards. Compared to traditional teaching, online education is much more personal and tailored to every child’s needs, circumventing distractions and time-wasting inherent in the physical classroom environment.
This customised approach means that parents can give their child the best chance they can to excel. Students are supported to achieve their full potential in their studies and future career, achieving internationally recognised qualifications for a fraction of the cost.
If you would like to know more about how your child can study a full time education online with My Online Schooling Asia Pacific, please get in touch by calling us at +44 800 031 4340. Alternatively, you can contact us via our enquiry form, and we will give you a call at a time that suits you.