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Suzanne O'Connell
Suzanne lives in Torrevieja and works for Ábaco Asesores as information co-ordinator. She is also a freelance writer and editor specialising in education. In her previous life she was a teacher and headteacher of a junior school for 11 years.

Education in Spain: What do they need to know?

Spanish curriculum

What was the most useless lesson you were taught at school? Was it logarithms, algebra or how to use a slide rule? Did you really need to know about the Battle of Hastings or Henry VIII’s six wives? The debate about what schools should teach has been going on for centuries.

April 11th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat, Spain News | Read More »

Inside a Spanish school


Twenty eager faces. A calm and welcoming atmosphere and not a CCTV camera in sight. That was my initial impression of the class of 15 year olds at IES Haygón School in Alicante.

March 20th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat, Spain News | Read More »

Education in Spain, an international alternative

International schools in Spain

So you’ve made the decision. You’re moving to Spain and bringing your family with you. Perhaps with two children, you have one at primary school and one at secondary. The estate agent has assured you that education in the area is bountiful and good. What should your next step be?

March 14th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat, Spain News | Read More »

Starting up and settling in at school in Spain

We’ve all heard the story. The eager five year old comes back from the first day of school having survived the experience and expresses with surprise ‘I have to go back tomorrow as well?’ And the next day… and the next day…

March 7th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat, Spain News | Read More »

Privatisation through the back door

We all know that times are hard and we’ve been told relentlessly that we must cut back. The austerity measures come as no surprise and it looks as though we must live through them whether we believe they will ‘solve’ the crisis or not. But there is something more disturbing going on under our very noses. The privatisation of our public services.

March 6th, 2012 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Kitting the kids out for school in Spain

Starting in a Spanish school? It’s not just about turning up on the day. And yet, many parents seem surprised that there is more to it than that.

February 29th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat, Spain News | Read More »

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