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Moving to Oman with children

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by laverne24, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. laverne24

    laverne24 New commenter

    Hi all,

    I am seriously thinking of moving to Oman from London, (I am currently in the interview process for a job @ an international school) with my children age 19 & 13.
    My eldest child has additional needs (SEND) in regards to her learning and development, I was wondering, if anyone has any knowledge on the schooling system in regards to SEND/AEN children.

    Thank you in advance!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    19? or 9?
    Didnt know if that was a slip of the keyboard.
    Your best bet is to check if your kids can be educated in the school you will be teaching at. If not what sort of allowance will you get. Good luck with that.
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  3. laverne24

    laverne24 New commenter


    Yes! It was a typo, 10!
    I have been told, they can attend the school.
    However I was wondering if anyone had experienced the SEND system.
  4. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    there is no SEND system in international schools. it's down to the individual school. the vast vast vast majority of international schools are not set up for or even want to have students with any major issues. does your prospective school know you are bringing two children or one child that requires additional support and another child?

    international schools are not required to provide anything.
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  5. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    I have worked in a few schools in a few countries and agree with dumbells on this. You will not get anything like the support you have now. If it is a serious problem then better stay in UK.
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  6. laverne24

    laverne24 New commenter


    Thank you for that, it's good to have an I sight.
    I have told the school, I plan to bring my children along, however wanted to wait until I get an offer and do my research.
    My child's needs are not profound, as, they struggle academicly I hoping this would provide different experiences.

    Thanks again
  7. laverne24

    laverne24 New commenter

    Yes! Diffnately food for thought!
    Thank you!
  8. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    I'm also wondering if you're a single parent as you don't mention anyone else but you and your children.If you're a woman this could be problematic in any middle eastern country. Not trying to be negative or anything but I know schools are usually more concerned with getting contracts signed than with the every day reality of moving to a new country.

    I would also strongly advise you to get membership of International Schools Review and read the reports on schools in Oman to get a teacher's view of the school you are thinking of joining.

    Also are you aware how expensive Oman is just in terms of everyday living costs? I hope the salary they are offering you is adequate for you and 2 children...no less than 1800 rials wold be my advice...you will just about manage with that.
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  9. Susanne12345

    Susanne12345 New commenter

    I'm based in Oman currently at a well-known British curriculum school. We have an SEND department in both the primary and senior schools. Whilst it is not to the same extent as the UK in a non-selective setting, I do teach at GCSE children with significant SEN and there is support offered for that (from small class sizes, inclusion assistants, interventions and 1:1s offered) has allowed students to achieve and access the curriculum. It really does depend on your child's ability to access the curriculum, if they're already in main stream school then there's unlikely to be something to worry about depending on the provisions.

    That said, I agree with comments that Oman can be expensive. It's a wonderful place to live if you love the outdoors and nature but you must be realistic about hidden costs: expensive rent, inflated expat prices on many things, absolute reliance on having your own vehicle, health insurance (yes paid by school but you fork out for the "expenses" you pay outright and many medications). That said, if it's the right job and right place, do it! Many families have a great time out here and it's a paradise for the outdoorsy as I said.
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  10. laverne24

    laverne24 New commenter


    Thank you so much for your comment, I really appreciate your insight.

    I'm glad to hear there is support, for SEN childeen, the information online was a bit vauge!

    I have factored in finance, we would be outside the city centre, my research states that the cost if living is aliitle lower!

    Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    SEN provision in most international schools is patchy, at best. If your child is going to be at a "British" International school, then yes, there probably will be some specialist staff and extra help available.

    Oman is indeed a wonderful country, but you will need transport and that might be a tad expensive. There may be other hidden costs, so do not expect to save a lot of money.
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  12. MsBuzy

    MsBuzy New commenter

    Oman is a lovely country but it is very expensive to live there.
    Your package needs to be a good one in order to have a decent standard of living, but not all schools offer anything like what you really need to live there with children.
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