Charlotte Phillips has been an education consultant and writer for The Good Schools Guide for more than a decade. An Oxford graduate and a former teacher (she was a music specialist at a South West London prep school for ten years), Charlotte consults on mainstream and special education both in London, where she lives, and beyond.
She has also written on education and family life for The Telegraph, Times and Guardian, among others.
Her three children, one with SEN, have taken very different educational paths, attending 12 different schools between them with one child home educated through GCSEs. All have ended up doing well. "The only thing that matters", she says, "is whether a school is right for a particular child, something that glowing exam results and fabulous facilities won’t necessarily tell you. Getting the right school for the right child is endlessly satisfying."