Why Use an Education Consultancy?
British independent education remains at the forefront of educational innovation and creativity. Each school has its own distinguishing features and special qualities, though all impart the character and confidence that is the hallmark of an independently educated child. Such schools prepare children for life and open doors to the most prestigious universities and career opportunities worldwide. But it’s not all Eton and Harrow; there are hundreds of other schools in the country that offer tremendous teaching, facilities and opportunities to suit your child.
How can you navigate the British education system?
Inevitably, the earlier you start the better as places at certain schools get snapped up pretty quickly. So as soon as you know that independent education is an option – even if this is before baby arrives – find a good education consultant who will spend time with you to understand your needs and ambitions and, where appropriate, those of your child. If you are relocating within or outside the UK you will have a lot to do at this time; finding the best place to live, understanding new banking, legal and tax systems, organising removals, learning a new culture and so on. Being able to leave things like to schooling to a firm of experts can really ease the burden of a big move.
What is meant by a ‘good’ education consultancy?
By ‘good’ we mean a company that has a strong track record of success, good connections within the sector and who isn’t working for a particular school on commission and who will therefore tailor their advice and support to you and your child. Good companies will have strong credentials and are often recommended by past clients or your employer. They should also be able to help you if you haven’t been given much notice for a move and therefore require ’emergency’ school places.
How can you ensure the advice you are given is ‘independent’?
The UK education consultancy market is jammed full of one-man-bands; people who have placed their own children into a school and then decided overnight that they are now experts in this field. But these companies tend to rely solely on school commission, and therefore cannot really give objective and independent advice. A good education consultant will work for you and your child and not the school, and be able to help you search for nursery, pre-prep, prep and senior schools anywhere in the country as well as advise on boarding, university and career choices.
You need to like them too, as to ensure success the consultant needs to get to know you and your family extremely well and should accompany you on school visits and orientation days. They should also be keen to look after your child every step of the way through their education journey, helping you through the good times and the bad and keeping you abreast of new opportunities and challenges.
What about entrance examinations and application processes?
Most leading schools require some form of interview and student entry test – often UKiset if your child is coming from overseas – so check your education consultant can help prepare your child accordingly and support them with tutoring and interview practice if required. They will also guide you through the application process and help you ensure you have all your child’s records ready and available.
How much does it cost?
Fees vary from company to company. Most good education consultants will charge an hourly rate or provide a packaged service that can be tailored to your needs. As highlighted by Catherine Kelsey at Gabbitas Education, the increasing demand for education consultancy shows how much value parents place on using these services; “The British education system is very good and people spend a lot of money on it, but if you get it wrong through bad or a lack of advice it can be a very costly mistake. Some of my clients come to me before they’ve even had their baby, so we can hold their hand from beginning to end – cradle to career as it were. It’s a joy to look after them and help their children develop and succeed.”
How can I contact Gabbitas Education?
To speak with a Gabbitas Education consultant, please use the Contact Us form found on this page or:
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7734 0161