Children in the UK have a legal right to education. Immigration and other laws state that this right applies equally to British children and the children of immigrants. It is obligatory for children to have full-time education between the ages of five and 16 years old.

The bodies which are responsible for providing education to children in the UK are the relevant local councils. The councils ensure that all children living in its area receive full-time education, regardless of their immigration status. Education needs to be suitable to the child’s age and ability and any applicable special education needs are taken into consideration.

British schools have very high standards. In fact, the British education system is ranked number six in the world according to a global league table published by education firm Pearson last year. The children of those living and working in the UK are entitled and welcome to benefit from excellent and free education in the UK and this can be a key consideration for visa applicants looking to relocate to the UK.