Embassy Induction eForum
An essential virtual introduction to diplomacy and life in London for newly-arrived diplomats and their families
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Embassy Induction programme will be delivered online, but will offer the same valuable content that has been developed over the years in close cooperation with the FCO and other key Government departments, the Marshal’s Office, the Dean, London’s diplomatic associations and in consultation with the diplomats themselves.
This year the programme will also update diplomats on specific covid measures in place in the UK that may affect their work and family life.
The event is free and open to all diplomats and staff of all ranks and in all fields. Because it is being delivered digitally, diplomats can tune in from anywhere in the world. The must-attend programme is especially useful for diplomats who have been in post for less than a year.
The virtual induction sessions will be divided into four series:
Introduction to Schooling in the UK
An overview of the UK schooling system for new diplomatic families posted to the UK, including state and private provision. This session will include:
- an explanation of the state school system and admissions
- an overview of the independent sector
- a comparison of the curricula on offer
- Specialised support, including English and Foreign Language (EFL) support
- Remote/digital learning
Diplomats will also be able to speak to representatives of schools located in their preferred neighbourhoods
Introduction to Relocation and Accommodation in the UK
A introductory session offering specialised advice for new diplomatic families relocating to the UK
Relocation experts will offer advice on points to consider when moving to the UK, plus legal advice on tenancy agreements appropriate for diplomats. They will also receive an overview of the London rentals market and popular diplomatic neighbourhoods.
There will be an informal breakout session where newcomers can meet their diplomatic neighbours who have lived in the area for a while and can give them an insider’s guide.
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