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  1. FirstWorldProblems

    Further education options for 16 yr old student with UK GCSE's

    This could get quite complicated and might well be worth an initial consultation with a migration agent. You'll find Paul Hand and Alan Collett recommended on this forum regularly. I know a little bit about A-levels for entry in a university in Australia as my son was looking at this. It won't be an issue. A quick google search will land you on a university site where they publish equivalent entry criteria. It's a points type system. For example at Sydney Uni, Advanced Computing required last year an ATAR of 90 or A Level points of 15/16: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. So for 15 you’d need two A*’s and a C. It's worth noting that these points change. In my example here the points back in 2020 were 13/14 (but the ATAR hasn’t changed). I assume this is due to A level grade inflation but don't know for sure. Something to keep in mind. Your bigger challenge is that the two different school systems do not line up neatly. Whereas in the UK A-levels are taken in years 12 and 13, the Australian school ends at year 12 and kids going to university do so in what in the UK would be year 13, the final year of A-levels. Transitioning to an Australian school after GCSE straight into year 12 is probably going to be quite challenging as the foundations of the syllabus are laid out in year 11 and that syllabus is different to the UK. It would have been easier if you had moved there late last year and she started year 11 last month, but that window has probably closed now unless you have a visa and could go right away. Really, the best window for her from an academic perspective is after A-levels. This next bit I am not at all sure about but if I recall correctly, skilled migrant visa's don't come with PR which means your daughter wouldn't gave PR and so the university fees would be at the higher rate charged for an international student, I think this over $30,000 per year in most cases. Edit: You could of course enrol her into Year 11 for next January. She'd be a bit older than the other kids, but that's no big deal and it may make it easier for her to adapt to a different syllabus.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I think you are making a strawman argument - one that ignores the wider impact of Covid and thus the need for vaccines by focussing on the extreme case (death) Death is not the only negative outcome of Covid. At a societal level long covid, loss of productivity, cost of treating sick people, access to care problems due to impact on health systems are all bigger problems than people dying.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    A heavily edited video made by a radical activist group with a long and proven history of dubious tactics, deceptive video editing and outright lies. Their untrustworthy history doesn't automatically make the claim untrue, but it is reason enough to be dubious and wait for corroboration from a trusted source. Even then, it wouldn't make a case for vaccine avoidance. The opposite really.
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    Tourist visa while awaiting partner visa

    @Marisawright do you know what would happen if a person submitted a partner visa, then whilst waiting for that applied for a tourist visa? Would it cancel the 309 application or would that sit there being processed? Thanks
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    I know no one will care but...........

    awesome! Congratulations
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    It was a torrid time. Healthcare IT is my industry. That programme was ill-conceived and doomed from the start. The man in charge, who didn't come from healthcare built the entire multi-billion pound business case against a premise of "ruthless standardisation", by which he meant one size fits all. Turns out doctors don't like being told what to do and they refused to adopt it. Ultimately all the money (and a lot more) got spent creating a much, much smaller number of bespoke configurations. If memory serves about 25% of hospitals instead of 100% as budgeted.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The bursary is only applicable for years 5 and 6 of study. It is also means tested. If the student's parents have a household income of £24,000 the bursary gets reduced on a sliding scale inverse to household income. Doctors may not earn as much as you think, certainly not early on. Starting salary is under £30k and it takes 6-8 years to get to Consultant where the pay is above £80k
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Charming as ever.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Yep they've all been at it. PFI introduced by the conservatives and accelerated to a staggering degree by Blair being one of the worst. But whilst many things such as PFI, bringing in US giant Optum, and billions being spent on outsourcing are all very visible, I would argue that the lack of a plan for staffing has been the most insidious. Possibly it's just negligence but possibly it's strategic to take us to a place where the system crumbles and only an insurance model can save it. I've just been working on a presentation in this areas and some of the data points are startling. 133,000 vacancies in NHS 165,000 vacancies in adult social care Vacancy rates at 11% are twice other sectors 35% of the NHS workforce is over 55 years of age 28% for adult social care That's a LOT of retirements in the next 10 years and nowhere near enough training to bring people into the workforce. To become a doctor in the UK a student will rack up £55,000 in tuition fees (and unless they live with parents at least the same again in accommodation and subsistence). That £55,000 paid over 25 years becomes £145,000. A daunting prospect I would imagine.......
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    Unsure whether to return to UK

    On the job front, the market is pretty hot right now with people able to command large salary increases as they move jobs. With workforce shortages you can also set your sights on roles that you might not be fully qualified/experienced for. There is a lot more flexibility coming from employers right now who are motivated to recruit. As a side note, as any HR person will tell you, speaking in broad terms women tend to be reluctant to apply for a job if they don't meet all of the advertised criteria for that roles whereas men tend to go for it if they just meet more than half of them. So don't hold back - you might well be able to secure a role paying more than you think
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    No it didn’t. It started with Thatcher in ‘83 when she introduced competitive tendering and outsourced to private companies functions such as portering, catering, cleaning and the like. A few years later hospitaL acquired infections started their rise.
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    Citizenship by descent queries

    No ceremony. It’s all done via mail. Passports yes, you have to go to London.
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    Moving with older children

    This is the point I was making earlier about the two school programmes not aligning. In the U.K. kids do GCSE in year 11. A level in year 12 and 13 But in NSW years 11 and 12 are the HSC years.
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    Moving with older children

    We agonised over this for a long time and ultimately decided to wait until the youngest has finished A levels. Our rationale being that the GCSE & A-Level programme doesn’t align to the HSC programme and our youngest, for whom academic studies don’t come easily, would almost certainly struggle with the transition and be disadvantaged. Your kids might be much better placed to adapt.
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    AITSL help..

    I think if you read back you might see you've got this one all wrong. Paul, who is a respected and very helpful migration agent responded to your specific point about the charge from your agent, agreeing that it seemed high. You responded to that in a somewhat sarcastic manner, and he came back with a more verbose response. For his efforts you've rewarded him with name calling and have dismissed him from further input. I can't see anything in the content nor tone of his response that you might take offence at. You've come here for advice and whilst the rest of us are well-meaning amateurs sharing what we know based on our experiences, he is literally an expert. One I've personally used and would highly recommend.