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Are school fees free for teacher's children at European International Schools?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by dmtbaird, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. dmtbaird

    dmtbaird New commenter

    Hi, i am a Subject Leader of French in a London school, all of my family live in Europe as I am half French, i really want to return to living on the continent with my wife and children, to offer them a better life but i have heard that European International Schools do not give free places to children of teachers but just a discount. Is this true and is it always the case?

    Thank you
  2. mollymillions

    mollymillions New commenter

    There is not one rule for the whole of Europe.
    In Austria and Germany for example, fees are a taxable benefit. This means that you don't pay the fees themselves, but you are liable for the tax on the value. Depending on the size of the fees and the tax rate, this could be sizable.
    You say "children", but not how many. Some schools offer a free place for the first child but a sliding scale for any others.
    You will have to look at each school individually for this.
  3. dmtbaird

    dmtbaird New commenter

    Thank you Molly, one child is 5 in April, the other is just a baby.
  4. miketribe

    miketribe Established commenter

    Free and untaxed in Spain, but you may have to pay for "extras" like bus service and lunch...
    dmtbaird likes this.
  5. TonyGT

    TonyGT Established commenter

    As above there's no rule - it's up to the school. In mine we get a 90% discount for Primary and a 70% for secondary.
  6. Syria1

    Syria1 New commenter

    It depends on the situation in each individual country - often down to the issue of taxable benefit (as molly says). Each school is different - you need to ask at interview or before. The 'European' schools (run by Brussels) are different again.
  7. bornsleepy

    bornsleepy New commenter

    The better schools in Switzerland don't charge (mine charges 25%:().
  8. littlestar

    littlestar New commenter

    Are you sure all international schools are free in Spain, I am having a second interview for one next week and have three children.. the idea that they might be free is very exciting.

    whats the pay like?

    Sarah x

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