Independent Schools Show 2021

Please note that this is an evolving programme - speakers, talk times and topics are subject to change. Please check back here for latest information.

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Topics

  • London Parents Forum
  • Good Schools Guide Forum
  • ISC Leadership
  • Scholato Keynote

Levels

  • Breakout
  • Forum
  • Keynote
Nov 13
11:00 AM
11:40 AM

How to manage the intense competition at 11+

Scholato Keynote

What's going on with Pre-tests and Common Entrance? Every parent needs to be up-to-date. Bonas MacFarlane's Will Petty will discuss the latest tips, tricks and insights; Catriona Sutherland-Hawes provides the senior school perspective.

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  • Bonas MacFarlane
  • Wycombe Abbey
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11:00 AM
11:40 AM

What is the value of an independent school education

ISC Leadership

Is it worth paying school fees? There are many ways to assess the benefits from academic excellence, to social confidence, to sports and extra-curricular facilities, to value-added. What's important is to know what matters to you and your child.

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  • Julie Robinson

    Chief Executive Officer, Independent Schools Council (ISC)

  • Independent Schools Council
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11:30 AM
12:00 PM

Starting out in South London - choices, decisions, application, preparation

London Parents Forum

From Battersea to Wimbledon to Dulwich, South London has more independent schools than any other area of Britain. A leading prep school head talks about the nuts and bolts: how to choose and when to begin looking, the application process and what preparations you should make.

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12:00 PM
12:30 PM

Next steps - deciding between boarding and day

London Parents Forum

How do you choose? Senior school heads answer parents questions.

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  • Monkton Combe School
  • Dean Close
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12:00 PM
12:40 PM

How to apply for bursaries and scholarships

Scholato Keynote

The Good Schools Guide's Camilla Smiley is a specialist in the scholarship and bursary provision offered by UK independent schools. Camilla tackles the issues of affordability and value in the fee-paying school sector and how to access the considerable financial assistance.

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  • Good Schools Guide
  • Stowe
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12:00 PM
12:40 PM

Giving your child the best possible start: why go private at this age?

ISC Leadership

With state primaries so much improved, especially in London, what is it that pre-prep and prep schools offer, besides Latin?

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12:00 PM
12:40 PM

Finding a good school in London (North & South)

Good Schools Guide Forum

London is the most competitive schools market in the world. Get your London school search questions answered by a Good Schools Guide expert.

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  • Good Schools Guide
  • Good Schools Guide Education Consultants
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12:45 PM
01:15 PM

Scholarships and bursaries - widening access

London Parents Forum

What can the independent school system do better to widen the diversity of their intake? And how should you as a parent prepare your child to maximise their chances?

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01:00 PM
01:40 PM

The boarding advantage

Scholato Keynote

No commute, green space, activities and clubs to hand, friends on tap - urban children can benefit from a boarding education outside the city. But will it suit your child?

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  • Oakham School
  • Highfield & Brookham Schools
  • Dragon School
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01:00 PM
01:40 PM

Single sex or co-ed?

Good Schools Guide Forum

The South East is still dominated by single sex schools. Why? And does it matter? The forum discusses one of the oldest dilemmas faced by parents, in a Q&A led by one of the Good Schools Guide's leading experts.

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  • Good Schools Guide
  • Good Schools Guide Education Consultants
  • Sherborne School
  • Cheltenham Ladies' College
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02:00 PM
02:30 PM

Starting out in Central London - choices, decisions, application, preparation

London Parents Forum

From Knightsbridge to Baker Street to the Barbican, this Forum explores what's involved when your child is starting school in the centre of the city. A central London prep school head talks about the nuts and bolts: how to choose and when to begin looking, the application process and what preparations you should make.

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02:00 PM
02:40 PM

Relocation, relocation, relocation - a country or city childhood??

Scholato Keynote

Move or stay put? Our panel of parents brings together families who have relocated from London or decided to stay put. They are joined by Hero Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Muddy Stilettos and relocation guru. The panel will discuss the thinking behind each family's choices to help you decide where yours would thrive best.

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  • Muddy Stilettos Best Schools Guide
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02:00 PM
02:40 PM

What makes a good head and how to spot one?

ISC Leadership

It is right that this theatre should discuss leadership. How can you tell when a school is well-run? Is improving better than coasting? And what are the warning signs to watch out for?

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02:00 PM
02:40 PM

Scholarships & Bursaries clinic

Good Schools Guide Forum

A breakout clinic for parents wanting to discuss scholarships and bursaries, and start to plan out the next steps of the journey.

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  • Good Schools Guide
  • Good Schools Guide Education Consultants
  • Millfield School
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02:30 PM
03:00 PM

Next steps - exciting choices you might not have considered

London Parents Forum

From international curriculum schools to art and design specialists, the independent sector has a wide range of senior schools to suit every child. Heads discuss what's on offer with parents.

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  • Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle de Londres
  • International Community School
  • Fine Arts College Hampstead
  • St Clare’s, Oxford
  • Minerva’s Virtual Academy
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03:00 PM
03:40 PM

Change is good? How to identify if a school move would help your child

Scholato Keynote

Changes of school at 7 and 11 or 13 were a standard rite of passage for most children. Now with many schools going right through, parents have to decide whether 14 plus years in one school is a good idea for their child.

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03:00 PM
03:40 PM

Flexible & Monday - Friday boarding - supporting family life

ISC Leadership

Is Saturday morning school dying out? And does the rise of flexi-boarding and Monday-Friday boarding threaten full boarding? What are the price differences between the different options,

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03:00 PM
03:40 PM

SEN: choosing the right school Q&A

Good Schools Guide Forum

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  • Good Schools Guide
  • Good Schools Guide Education Consultants
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03:15 PM
03:45 PM

The Parent Practice Workshop

London Parents Forum

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04:00 PM
04:40 PM

Why girls thrive in single sex schools

ISC Leadership

This is one of the most debated subjects in education. Does single-sex education really benefit girls more than boys?

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04:00 PM
04:40 PM

Find the right school for your child

Scholato Keynote

Choosing the right school for your child is always tricky, but in the state system the choice is restricted by catchment area rules. In the independent system the choice is much broader. There are hundreds of schools to look at, so how do you find the right one for your child? Leading heads discuss how you match child to school.

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  • Bedales
  • Repton School
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04:00 PM
04:40 PM

Boarding in the 21st century

Good Schools Guide Forum

The days of big dorms, bare floorboards and spartan early morning swims are long gone. But boarding keeps changing. Now British boarding schools are world-beating, hugely international in outlook and recognised for the outstanding quality of their 24/7 education. But how well are they meeting the needs of UK families? Q&A with a GSG expert.

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  • Good Schools Guide
  • Good Schools Guide Education Consultants
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Nov 14
11:15 AM
11:50 AM

SEN: from getting a diagnosis to choosing the right school

Scholato Keynote

Selecting the right school for a child with learning difficulties can seem an overwhelming task. From the biggest school to the smallest, to the ultra-selective to totally inclusive, all schools have a policy devoted to learning needs. So, if your child has an identified need, how do you work out which is right for them?

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  • Good Schools Guide Education Consultants
  • Abingdon House School & College
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11:30 AM
12:00 PM

Starting out in North & East London - choices, decisions, applications, preparation

London Parents Forum

From Camden to Highgate to Stoke Newington this Forum discusses options for children starting out in North and East London. A leading prep school head talks about the nuts and bolts: how to choose and when to begin looking, the application process and what preparations you should make.

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12:00 PM
12:30 PM

Next steps - deciding between boarding and day

London Parents Forum

How do you choose? Senior school heads answer parents questions.

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12:00 PM
12:40 PM

Busting the myths of the independent schools admissions process

Scholato Keynote

What independent schools are really looking for and what you should be too!

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12:00 PM
12:40 PM

Business issues facing independent schools

ISC Leadership

Independent schools are businesses that vary in kind enormously. From large chains, to small family-run businesses, some are far more robust than others. How resilient is your chosen school, and does it matter whether it is a for profit or a charitable trust?

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  • David Woodgate

    Chief Executive, ISBA, Independent Schools' Bursars Association

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12:00 PM
12:40 PM

Finding a good school in London (North & South)

Good Schools Guide Forum

London is the most competitive schools market in the world. Get your London school search questions answered by a Good Schools Guide expert.

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  • Good Schools Guide
  • Good Schools Guide Education Consultants
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12:45 PM
01:15 PM

How to assess and then support your child's educational needs

London Parents Forum

What is an educational assessment? How should you interpret the results? And having undertaken one what should be your action plan?

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  • Bonas MacFarlane
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01:00 PM
01:40 PM

How to pay for your children & grandchildren’s education

Scholato Keynote

Whether a grandparent, new parent, high earner or international parent, our experts will help you consider all of your options.

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  • Brewin Dolphin Ltd
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01:00 PM
01:40 PM

Why head North?

ISC Leadership

Scottish schools, like Scottish universities, are different. They offer new perspectives, extraordinary facilities and highly distinctive cultures, yet many are just a short flight from London.

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  • Gemma Gray

    Director, Gray Consulting, Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS)

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01:00 PM
01:40 PM

SEN: choosing the right school Q&A

Good Schools Guide Forum

A breakout session for parents wanting to discuss their child's educational needs and plan out the next steps of the journey.

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  • Good Schools Guide
  • Good Schools Guide Education Consultants
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02:00 PM
02:30 PM

Starting out in West London - choices, decisions, applications, preparation

London Parents Forum

From Notting Hill to Ealing and Wembley, what do parents need to know if their children are starting out in West London? A leading West London prep school head talks about the nuts and bolts: how to choose and when to begin looking, the application process and what preparations you should make.

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02:00 PM
02:40 PM

How to choose a school for your child

Scholato Keynote

There are hundreds of schools to look at, so how do you find the right one for your child? For this talk, we are delighted to welcome one of the UK’s leading education experts, Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the Independent Schools Council.

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  • Independent Schools Council
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02:00 PM
02:40 PM

What makes a good head, and how to spot one?

ISC Leadership

It is right that this theatre should discuss leadership. How can you tell when a school is well-run? Is improving better than coasting? And what are the warning signs to watch out for?

More information

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02:00 PM
02:40 PM

Boarding in the 21st Century

Good Schools Guide Forum

The days of big dorms, bare floorboards and spartan early morning swims are long gone. But boarding keeps changing. Now British boarding schools are world-beating, hugely international in outlook and recognised for the outstanding quality of their 24/7 education. But how well are they meeting the needs of UK families? Q&A with a GSG expert.

More information

  • Good Schools Guide
  • Good Schools Guide Education Consultants
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02:30 PM
03:00 PM

Next steps - single sex or co-ed

London Parents Forum

How do you choose? Senior school heads answer parents questions.

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  • Westonbirt School
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03:00 PM
03:40 PM

What's next for your child? How senior schools see the future in 5, 10 & 15 years time

Scholato Keynote

What does your child have to look forward to? And what should worry you? What will senior schools look like for the coming generations of pupils, and how will independent schools face the challenges of issues such as climate change, affordability, contextual admissions?

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  • Sevenoaks School
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03:00 PM
03:40 PM

What makes a good school?

ISC Leadership

From league tables to review websites to playground chat, there are many ways parents hear about schools. So when you look at a prospectus, make a school visit or attend an open day, how do you spot a good one?

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03:00 PM
03:40 PM

How to focus your school search

Good Schools Guide Forum

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  • Good Schools Guide
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