Key interest area

Schools (SCH)

This KIA focuses on topics that are specific to the schools sector (Prep to Year 12) as well as topics from other key international education interest areas, where there is specific relevance to schools and to students under 18 years. 

Topics under this KIA typically cover:

  • support for international students in schools
  • management and support for under 18s including welfare and accommodation
  • application of the National Code
  • pathways to further study after year 12
  • student mobility at the school level
  • global competency including citizenship
  • internationalisation of the curriculum
  • sharing of leading practice and latest research into sectorial issues 

Topics of particular interest for the AIEC 2020 program:

  • size and importance of the schools sector (looking beyond the visa data) 
  • is there a new China for the schools sector to source students or is diversification the answer? 
  • accommodation options for Under 18s – what are the key welfare considerations? 
  • transnational school sector opportunities – curriculum best practice models 
  • schools building stronger linkages with the higher education and vocational education sectors – opportunities for industry growth and greater student satisfaction 
  • responsiveness of the National Code to the needs of under 18s and transfer of provider 
  • best practice in management and support of international education in the schools sector 
  • best practice in support for under 18 international students, including those with additional needs (physical, learning and/or emotional)
  • spreading global competency in Australian schools through international education, exchanges and study tours 
  • enhancing the nation’s best interests and policy objectives through schools sector initiatives 

Target audience:

  • international education professionals working in the schools sector
  • school principals, heads of department and teachers 
  • government and non-government representatives responsible for policy, regulation, international education industry growth and promotion 
  • delegates from higher education, ELICOS and vocational education sectors focusing on sourcing students and enrolling under 18s 
  • Delegates seeking a deeper understanding of the schools sector and its linkages to other sectors 


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