United Kingdom

The United Kingdom, the country of William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton, J. K. Rowling, Manchester United and the Rolling Stones. It is truly one of the most exhilarating and inspiring places to live, perhaps that's why so many great ideas originate from its people.

THE UK IN SHORT


London Capital
65,1 m Population
242,495 km² Area
14th/$43,902 GDP per capita IMF
16th Democracy Index
14th Human Development Index
14th Euro Health Consumer Index
9,12 Expenditure on health % of GDP WHO
81,2 years Life expectancy at birth WHO
4,3% Expenditure on education
6th in Europe European Happy Planet Index

CHILDREN

Children in the UK grow up in an interesting and diverse society. They can take pride in attending a great education system. The UK also offers great possibilities for recreation for children and a huge variety of sporting activities.

Learn more about how the Department for Children, Schools and Families leads work across Government to ensure a happy future for children on their YouTube channel.

GET AROUND

The UK has good communications within the country. The British roads are known for their good standard and safety, as long as you remember to drive on the left! The UK has a well equipped rail system that allows you to reach cities within the country as well as to travel the continent with capitals such as Paris and Amsterdam served by express trains. Living in a country with good communcations allows you to live in one city and easily reach other cities of interest without too much trouble. You can read more about travelling or see more for yourself on Wegolo Flight Service.

HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

The National Health Service (NHS) is the name for the publicly funded healthcare systems in the United Kingdom. There are four independent health care systems within the UK; England - National Health Service, Scotland - NHS Scotland, Wales - NHS Wales and Northern Ireland - Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. With its 1,5 m employees, NHS employs more people than any other organization in Europe.

99 % of the population is registered with the NHS, and as such, they are entitled to free hospital treatments and doctor's visits. The NHS is government funded and ranked high in terms of cost-effectiveness. There is a private health care sector in the UK, for which you have to buy insurance cover. This sector is significantly smaller than the public, but often waiting times for elective surgery are much shorter.

As in many other European countries, the GP is the first point of contact for patients seeking medical care. GPs in the UK are self-employed, independent contractors and are paid by the NHS, on a fee-for service basis, to provide medical care.

EDUCATION

Finding a suitable school for your child is an important part of settling in. As a parent in the UK you have the right to decide the kind of school that will educate your child. Working the UK you have the right to place your child in a state school free of charge. Over 90 % of all UK parents choose this option instead of choosing a private school. Children enrol in UK schools at the age of five. Those born between 1st September in one year and 31st August the following year will be in the same year group at school. Children in the UK must attend school until they are at least 16 years old.

The structure of the school system is the following:

  1. Nursery Schools: From three to five years of age
  2. Primary Schools: From five to eleven years of age
  3. Secondary Schools: From eleven to eighteen years of age
  4. Further / Higher Education

The academic year is split into three terms:

  • Autumn term from September to December
  • Spring term from January to April
  • Summer term from May to July

Each term lasts for around 12 weeks in the state system (10 weeks in private schools) with a 'half term' break of a week during each term. There are numerous intenational schools and home language instruction is available for most languages.

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