The quality of education an expat can expect for their children in Germany largely depends on the area and type of school, but standards are usually high.
Germany has a decentralised system of education whereby the national government plays a minor role and responsibility for schools lies with individual states (known as lander).
Schooling in Germany is compulsory from the ages of seven to 18, but many parents send their children to a nursery or kindergarten from the age of three.
The German approach to education is seen as progressive as it makes provisions for students of all abilities. Beyond the traditional academic subjects such as maths, science, geography, history and languages, the German system also provides opportunities for students to pursue vocational disciplines if they are more suited to those.