The school systems in Austria, Germany and Switzerland are very different from the school systems in the UK.
Hilfsvokabeln– Helpful vocabulary
Was für Schulen gibt es? – What kind of schools are there?
The Austrian, German and Swiss systems have some similarities to each other, but there are still some differences.
Look at this chart showing the types of schools and the ages when children attend them, together with the name of the final exams that students from each country sit before they leave school.
Now complete the following sentences using information from the chart above.
Man wird mit sechs Jahren eingeschult.
German children start school at the age of six, although in German you are really saying 'with six years' – mit sechs Jahren.
This is a big event for all children, and in Germany their parents give them a cone full of sweets, gifts and stationery to celebrate their first day at school.
The cone is called eine Schultüte (literally: a school paper-bag) and is huge – often more than half a metre in length.
Parents often make them especially for their children, but they can also be bought ready-made from shops.
There is no school uniform in state schools in the German-speaking countries. Pupils of all ages can wear what they like.