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I am looking for a dyslexia friendly private, boarding school for  my 14 years old nephew. He will be coming from Hong Kong and with low English standard, not Australian citizen. Any recommandation would be very welcome, as I have no idea where to start...! Thanks in advance!

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18 minutes ago, EmilyTang said:

I am looking for a dyslexia friendly private, boarding school for  my 14 years old nephew. He will be coming from Hong Kong and with low English standard, not Australian citizen. Any recommandation would be very welcome, as I have no idea where to start...! Thanks in advance!

Will he have PR or just be a temporary resident?

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What state and area will he be in?

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Dyslexia doesn't get much support in Australia and as NESB International Student in a private school, they are likely to outline the additional services he will have to pay for.  Start with the schools in your state but don't be surprised if they aren't very keen. It's likely to be a very expensive enterprise. Nothing really stands out as specialising.

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I do not recommend Australia at all regarding supporting children with additional needs in the classroom. Most private schools will be happy to take your money, promise to deliver but do nothing. As I have learnt from bitter experience.


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On 8/26/2017 at 18:02, snifter said:

What state and area will he be in?

Better to be  Melbourne / Sydney , as my husband & I are going to relocate back to these areas in the near future, so it would be easier for my nephew to visit us during school holiday. But the most important thing is to find the right school for him. 

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On 8/26/2017 at 21:10, MelT said:

I do not recommend Australia at all regarding supporting children with additional needs in the classroom. Most private schools will be happy to take your money, promise to deliver but do nothing. As I have learnt from bitter experience.


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On 8/26/2017 at 17:44, Nemesis said:

Will he have PR or just be a temporary resident?

No PR or temp resident. He will just come to study as an international student. Thanks. 

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On 8/26/2017 at 21:10, MelT said:

I do not recommend Australia at all regarding supporting children with additional needs in the classroom. Most private schools will be happy to take your money, promise to deliver but do nothing. As I have learnt from bitter experience.


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Thanks for your reply. But the additional support is close to zero in Hong Kong. Therefore we like to find an English environment school for him, and let him to study in a more relax school in OZ. HK school is very academic n make kids very depressing... 

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1 hour ago, EmilyTang said:

 

No PR or temp resident. He will just come to study as an international student. Thanks. 

So he would be on a temporary residencevisa rather than PR. Might make a big difference to the price, and even to whether a school can/will accept him.

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2 hours ago, EmilyTang said:

Thanks for your reply. But the additional support is close to zero in Hong Kong. Therefore we like to find an English environment school for him, and let him to study in a more relax school in OZ. HK school is very academic n make kids very depressing... 

A student with poor English and learning difficulties is not going to be a really attractive proposition to a private school in Australia either. Private schools aren't generally relaxed as they have their school profile to look after as well. It's going to be very expensive even if you can find a school to take him - most private schools have waiting lists, some need to have your name on the list as soon as they are born.  Start with the schools close to where you are likely to live and see what they say but none have a really great reputation for kids with learning difficulties. 

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Thanks for your reply. But the additional support is close to zero in Hong Kong. Therefore we like to find an English environment school for him, and let him to study in a more relax school in OZ. HK school is very academic n make kids very depressing... 


Seriously, I would forget Australia an educational option for your nephew. Look at the UK there are schools that support children with specific learning difficulties needs, see the link http://www.crested.org.uk/sortnew.html.

We are looking at going back to the UK, one of the reasons being more specific support in the education system for our son. It's very hard for us as it will mean leaving my elderly parents here in Australia (who came out with us from the UK). The whole situation is breaking my heart, but the education system here is failing to support our son. He has his whole life ahead of him, no education/qualifications will not set him up for life. Hoping with the appropriate support he will make the best of his life. We will not be here forever to support him, so best get things in place now and hope he will be able to obtain a good education and life skills to ensure he can support himself.


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On 8/26/2017 at 18:26, Quoll said:

Dyslexia doesn't get much support in Australia and as NESB International Student in a private school, they are likely to outline the additional services he will have to pay for.  Start with the schools in your state but don't be surprised if they aren't very keen. It's likely to be a very expensive enterprise. Nothing really stands out as specialising.

Thanks for your information and honesty! I guess we better think of something else for my nephew! I was having high hopes in the Australian educational for special needs.. thanks!!

 

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On 8/28/2017 at 01:07, Quoll said:

A student with poor English and learning difficulties is not going to be a really attractive proposition to a private school in Australia either. Private schools aren't generally relaxed as they have their school profile to look after as well. It's going to be very expensive even if you can find a school to take him - most private schools have waiting lists, some need to have your name on the list as soon as they are born.  Start with the schools close to where you are likely to live and see what they say but none have a really great reputation for kids with learning difficulties. 

Education isn't as simple as before... thanks for reply!!

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On 8/28/2017 at 05:48, MelT said:

 


Seriously, I would forget Australia an educational option for your nephew. Look at the UK there are schools that support children with specific learning difficulties needs, see the link http://www.crested.org.uk/sortnew.html.

We are looking at going back to the UK, one of the reasons being more specific support in the education system for our son. It's very hard for us as it will mean leaving my elderly parents here in Australia (who came out with us from the UK). The whole situation is breaking my heart, but the education system here is failing to support our son. He has his whole life ahead of him, no education/qualifications will not set him up for life. Hoping with the appropriate support he will make the best of his life. We will not be here forever to support him, so best get things in place now and hope he will be able to obtain a good education and life skills to ensure he can support himself.


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I totally understand your point and I am so sorry that the education system is failing for your son, and failed totally for my nephew in Hong Kong. As we all know we are not going to be here forever, so we just want my nephew to see more of the world and have a school where would understand him... I used to study in the UK myself but not easy to get him into any private school there either. I might look at New Zeland now. Best of luck with your son and you!! Hang on in there!! xx

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1 hour ago, EmilyTang said:

I totally understand your point and I am so sorry that the education system is failing for your son, and failed totally for my nephew in Hong Kong. As we all know we are not going to be here forever, so we just want my nephew to see more of the world and have a school where would understand him... I used to study in the UK myself but not easy to get him into any private school there either. I might look at New Zeland now. Best of luck with your son and you!! Hang on in there!! xx

From what I have heard from many friends there, NZ is not even up to the standard of Australia when it comes to this kind of schooling. 

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10 hours ago, Nemesis said:

From what I have heard from many friends there, NZ is not even up to the standard of Australia when it comes to this kind of schooling. 

Never lose hope and I will keep looking!  Best of luck to you too!!

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Personally I'm amazed that the people on here have slated Australian schools this way and swept them all in one category! Emily I'm not aware of any Dyslexia schools in your area but as I'm aware that public schools sometimes have programs and support for dyslexic students I'm sure you'll be able to find a school that has some sort of program/support, but of course you'll pay extra for the privilege! 


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4 minutes ago, benj1980 said:

Personally I'm amazed that the people on here have slated Australian schools this way and swept them all in one category! Emily I'm not aware of any Dyslexia schools in your area but as I'm aware that public schools sometimes have programs and support for dyslexic students I'm sure you'll be able to find a school that has some sort of program/support, but of course you'll pay extra for the privilege! 

I think you'll find they are speaking from personal experience, and it echoes what I've heard myself from more than one close friend.

Do you have personal experience of any Australian schools that have programmes for dyslexic children arriving as international students? Would be helpful to the OP if you could post it

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At my school we have many international students and we have more than our fair share of students with additional needs who are provided additional support. I work in a public school in WA so it's irrelevant to the other post. In the UK there are a few private dyslexia schools, I don't believe we have them over here and dyslexia support like the UK is minimal in any case (in my experience as a SENCO). So you're then looking at literacy programmes for international students which as some private schools encourage international students to enrol have resources in place to entice them in. But as I have already suggested you pay for this and possibly for in class support if required.


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