And now begins the time of year when expats talk of moving.
All parents apply for school places in cities where they might or might not relocate.
All schools ask parents whether they might or might not withdraw their child.
No one wants to reveal their position until the last possible moment.
It’s the musical chairs of the expat world and no one wants to end the game without a proper school chair for their child to sit in next autumn.
I am playing this game right now. I have applications submitted to schools on two separate continents. I have not told my expat child’s current school about our future plans because I myself don’t know what they are. Everyone is hedging.
In the meantime, a helpful graphic: a flowchart on how to decide which school your expat child should attend next autumn (click through for a larger, more legible version).