Of course, if you have a child and want to move to Spain, the education of children will be the most important priority.
In fact, the general well-being of your children is a decisive factor as to whether it is really possible to move to Spain and your educational needs can determine where you live. Of course, it is true that your child's happiness in Spain will be critical to the success of the resettlement. If the children are unhappy, it can put a heavy burden on the in-home adults – to the point that they can have a good working relationship before.
Fortunately, education in Spain is good, though (such as the United Kingdom) must be provided to achieve the best possible result. Of course, the great difference in Spain for a child is taught in Spanish (and sometimes in a regional dialect, such as Valenciano). As some Northern European children speak Spanish, it makes them sensitive to entering the Spanish school system, which means that it takes some time for your child. That said, it is extraordinary how quickly children take up a new language and only know a child who can not learn Spanish.
Of course, timing plays a huge role in the child's normal status (non-international) Spanish schools. There is no doubt that the younger the child, the easier it is for them to integrate the Spaniards and, therefore, to capture Spanish education and academic work. Older children face a much bigger problem, and experience shows that there is a time when children find it for all intentions and purposes, it is impossible to learn a new language simultaneously and deal with the needs of increasingly complex scientific work. In essence, the risk of moving children to Spanish schools (if spoken in Spanish) is 12-13 years of age. Earlier, and most children can easily learn the language and be able to catch up with scientific work. It is older and it will be difficult (impossible) to keep up with their peers – and it can not do that, demoralizes and damages the vulnerable period of their lives.
In Spain, the education of children is compulsory from the age of 6 to 6 years, with a 6-year elementary education, followed by a four-year compulsory education at the end of which a certificate of education is given. State Spanish schools are free and generally do not wear school uniforms. Purchasing school books, however, is the responsibility of parents and can be quite costly (300 euros a year per child). After the age of 16, children can continue their studies in Spain and take up professions or studies at academically demanding (and highly valued) Bachillerato. The latter last two years, and they need the child to go to university.
Public schools are generally variable as in the United Kingdom and are largely dependent on accurate input areas. Therefore, it is always wise to check very carefully what will be the local Spanish school. Of course, there are private Spanish schools, which are often very wise choices. They provide excellent education in Spain in environments that are controlled, secure, and have great aspirations for students. They offer great value compared to the cost of their UK counterparts (for example) and if you can afford it, you should use your children. Prizes (2008) differ significantly, but about 350 euros per month (10 months).
Similarly, in Spain, there are scattered international schools offering English curricula in English. Strangely, these Spanish schools are often heavily involved with Spanish children, as the wealthy Spanish have a strong will to speak their children completely in Spanish. It is especially interesting if you want to move to Spain and your children are under 12 years of age. As parents with two children, I was very impressed with the level of education in Spain – and my son is now university with Bachillerato. This has been a huge success (she began her Spanish school at age 13) and proves that the Spanish education system works for foreigners