Relocating to the country: spanish education basics

Published By Como Talking to The country on Jul 18, 2016 comments

For individuals relocating to The country within the fall to educate British, you will find huge inquiries to answer while you wrap your mind around your teaching assistant job. Exactly what does IES mean, and just how old will my student be? What exactly are timetables in Spanish schools like? And, possibly most significantly, when am i going to have holidays and slow days?

Now we’re demystifying the Spanish school system having a beginner’s guide to school types and schedules.


First, let’s check out the overarching school system in The country, featuring its public, private and semi-private schools:

  • Public Schools, or colegios públicos, are condition-run schools such as the following an area-wide curriculum. Teaching positions at these schools are coveted, and teachers must undergo a rigorous testing session called oposiciones for placement. Their reward? Employment and great pay (as well as all of that vacation time!). These schools can attend through age 16.
  • Private Schools are competitive schools that parents be forced to pay a regular monthly tuition for any student to attend. The colleges might or might not be connected having a religious order. Pupils in colegios privados are frequently likely to put on a uniform and therefore are held to high educational standards.
  • Half public, half private, or Concertados, are schools which are partly subsidized through the condition and most typically with a religious order. These students might have extended hrs as well as wear uniforms.
  • Bilingual Schools: The country has lengthy been behind the remainder of Europe with regards to speaking foreign languages, so bilingual schools have grown to be a well known choice for parents wanting to expose their children to a different tongue. Whilst not all teachers at bilingual schools are native loudspeakers of the second language they educate, they’ve gone through special training. British is, undoubtedly, the most popular language, though French, German, as well as Chinese bilingual programs exist.
  • Escuela Oficial de Idiomas (EOI): Should you be allotted to an EOI you will be dealing with adults in a state-run language school. Your focus will typically perform dental fluency, and you’ll have slightly smaller classes and then to zero discipline problems. The disadvantage for this job is perhaps you can work in the nights and have some kind of split schedule.

Spanish schoolchildren are needed to visit school from age 3 or 6, based on autonomous region, until they’re 16. After, most decide to study a baccalaureate after which carry on to some college or trade school. Anything before college is recognized as enseñanza no universitaria. Levels are split by ages:

Infantil: The very first cycle of primary education is educación infantil, meaning preschool and school. Students vary from 2 ½ to five years of age. Within this stage, pupils learn to correctly hold a pencil and begin writing, using their physiques, and what not bite each other. No, really.

Preschools are named EI for Educación Infantil, whereas schools that offer both infantil and primary education are shown by the abbreviation CEIP (Centro de Educación Infantil y Primaria). If you’re allotted to the second, have a much kids from about 3 until 11.


Primaria: Primary may be the second cycle, that is further split up into two-year ciclos. An instructor often accompanies a cycle with the 2 yrs. Grades 1 through 6 are thought primaria, and students remain in one classroom for those subjects except PE or music generally.

Infant and first public schools have a tendency to start at 9:00 and go until 14:00 private schools and concertados may remain open until 17:00, a minimum of a couple of occasions per week.

Primary schools catering solely to grades one through six are shown by the abbreviation CEP (Centro de Educación Primaria), and range in age from about five to six to 11 or 12.

Secundaria: There’s no “in-between” step like junior high school in The country. School includes four mandatory many years of study (therefore, the complete name educación secundaria obligatoria), then students who wish to still greater education can opt to join a baccalaureate program of other span of profesional study. Secondary students are assigned an organization — for instance, Primero de ESO “C”– that they’ll go ahead and take majority of their classes.


Formación profesional: Trade schools, known simply as FP, are an alternate to baccalaureate programs. Students over the age of 16 are thanks for visiting attend, in addition to adults, and lots of language assistants frequently attend these classes, specifically in hospitality training programs.

Secondary schools providing the four amounts of ESO additionally to baccalaureate (bachillerato, BAC) and trade school (formación profesional, FP) studies are named IES for Instituto de Enseñaza Secundaria. Here, the college day usually begins between 8:00 or 9:00 and continues until 15:00. Sometimes classes or special courses at these schools can be found within the nights.

Wherever you’re allotted to educate, you’ll possess a glimpse into regional culture and also have a whole slew of kids asking your preferred soccer club or you have kids yourself. Appreciate it – the college year flies by!

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