Educating your children abroad: Tutors International publishes advice for families bringing their children overseas

Adam Caller, founder of leading private tuition provider Tutors International and independent education consultant, today published an article on the costs and benefits of home schooling children of families who live abroad.

There is a lot to think about when it comes to educating your children abroad. Independent Education Consultant, Adam Caller, has today published an article[1] for expat parents who are trying to weigh up the educational options. It reflects the recent Maison Global article ‘The ABCs of Expat Living – A growing industry aims to tailor a home classroom for families on the move’[2], which featured one family’s first-hand account of home schooling with Tutors International.

“Moving abroad is a life-changing event and full of stresses. For parents who are either moving permanently or who travel regularly, selecting the right schooling for their children is vital,” commented Adam Caller.
Educational options are varied, from opting into the local educational system, boarding back in the UK, attending an English language school locally or getting a home tutor.

“The issue is if you move regularly those constant breaks in schooling can be hugely disruptive, and if you are keen to keep your family together boarding may not be suitable. The benefit of a private tutor is that they can go where you go, wherever in the world you call home,” continued Mr Caller.

Barbara McMahon’s article in Mansion Global outlined one such example. The Middleton family and their two children Olivia, 15, and Joseph, 12, have lived in Italy for nearly 12 years. The children had attended both a local school in Tuscany and an international school in Rome, before turning to full-time home tuition with Tutors International. “There was a life-changing moment when we wondered if our decision to live in Italy was having an adverse effect on our children’s education,” said Middleton. “We had made this lifestyle choice but our kids had no choice in the matter.”

After meeting with Adam Caller, the family worked closely with the Tutors International to select Melissa Lehan. The private tutor, a graduate in French and Spanish from Oxford University, teaches the siblings from 8.30am until 2pm, five days a week.

Adam Caller outlines the three main concerns that are often raised when trying to select the right type of education for the children:

• Consistency of education
• The cost of each option
• The child’s social development

“There is a common assumption that children who are home schooled miss out socially and on activities such as sport – this simply isn’t true. Private tuition is ideally suited to children and teenagers who want to develop a hobby or sporting ability. The flexibility a private tutor offers means they can work to help the individual child develop their talents and arrange activities that focus on these,” commented Adam Caller.

The Maison Global article concurred with this: “Socially, the children do not miss out because they see their friends after school. They play various sports and Olivia also takes part in a drama and theater group,” said Mrs Middleton.

Tackling the issue of cost, the Tutors International founder stated, “another misconception is that private tuition is prohibitively expensive, however many are surprised to learn that if there are two or more children in the family of similar ages, it is nearly always cheaper to home school than send them to a good private school”.

“Moving abroad as a family can impact your children’s lives and determine their future paths. Getting the best possible education for your child is paramount for every parent. Home schooling offers a bespoke educational choice that fits in with families needs,” concluded Adam Caller.

More information about engaging a full-time private tutor can be found at
[1] Tutors International clients interviewed by Mansion Global, 27 July 2015,
[2] The ABCs of Expat Living, Barbara McMahon, 7 July 2015,

• Tutors International provides an unparalleled tutoring service that matches the right tutor with the right child, in order for the student to fully reach their personal potential and academic excellence. Providing a service for children of all ages at different points in their educational journeys, Tutors International is a reputable tutoring company founded on a commitment to finding the perfect tutor to realise the specific goals and aspirations of each student. Private Tutors are available for residential full-time positions, after-school assistance, and homeschooling.

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