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Nov 11
10:15 AM
11:00 AM

How the senior school admissions process works

London Parents Forum

The senior school admissions process: how does it really work? Are pressurised prep schools and tutoring the only ways to succeed?

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11:15 AM
12:00 PM

Is fee assistance really making independent education accessible?

Explaining who is eligible to apply for a scholarship or a bursary and how schools are widening the net further.

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11:15 AM
12:00 PM

Special Educational Needs (SEN): getting your child assessed, and getting the right school​

London Parents Forum

Dyslexia, dsypraxia, dyscalculia, attention deficit and executive dysfunction are just some of the neurobiological conditions being diagnosed in our children today. Without diagnosis and appropriate treatment they cannot improve. Our panel discusses what that means and what parents can do to help and support their children.

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12:15 PM
01:00 PM

Ban homework to help children do their best?

London Parents Forum

With the 'right' amount of homework a subject of intense debate, and academic excellence ever more important for future success what role does homework play and what approaches are independent schools and tutors taking to get the balance right?

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01:15 PM
02:00 PM

The challenges of modern parenting and how to manage them

The challenges facing modern parents are myriad; from separation anxiety to reconciling technology with a happy and carefree childhood. Our panel of working mothers discuss these issues and how they are choosing to handle them.

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01:15 PM
02:00 PM

How hard is too hard to push your child?

London Parents Forum

Every parent wants their child to succeed, but in this world of fevered exam pressure more children than ever are experiencing mental health issues. This talk helps parents to understand their children and how they can offer tailored support to help them get the best out of their school careers.

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02:00 PM
02:40 PM

Where's the value in league tables?

What is the real value of league tables? What impact does attending a highly ranked school have on your child's chances at future success? Eton, St Paul's and more recently Wellington College have decided not to submit exam results for national rankings, so are league tables on the way out?

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03:00 PM
03:40 PM

Is single-sex schooling still relevant?

London Parents Forum

The relative merits of co-ed and single sex schools is one of the most debated subjects in education. Our experts will guide you through the key issues to help you decide what's best for your child.

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03:00 PM
03:40 PM

Do independent schools foster sporting greatness?

7% of the UK population are in independent education, yet a significant proportion of British olympians, rugby premiership players and others are independently educated.

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03:45 PM
04:30 PM

Is a well-rounded education still useful?

The world of work is moving on apace, so much so that it is difficult to know what sort of roles the pupils in school today may fill. How can an independent education equip them to successfully take on anything that the world of work has in store, from portfolio careers, to retraining for a number of specialist roles over their working lifetime.

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03:45 PM
04:30 PM

When is the right time to board?

London Parents Forum

Your child can start their boarding adventure at a range of ages. We’ll talk you through the different considerations pertinent at each potential entry point, and how you can help to make sure that your child is ready to enjoy the next stage of their school life to the full.

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Nov 12
11:10 AM
11:50 AM

Nursery, pre-prep & prep explained

London Parents Forum

From toys to timetables - get insight into the transition from nursery to school.

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12:00 PM
12:40 PM

How does school choice reflect on parents?

Does a good parent choose a school for their child, but a bad parent choose a school for themselves?

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12:15 PM
01:00 PM

Improve your US university strategy

London Parents Forum

Outlining all of the ingredients and factors that the world's leading universities will be looking for in your child. This talk will clearly detail how to maxmise your child's chances of getting into the university of their choice.

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12:50 PM
01:30 PM

Can fee assistance make independent schooling affordable?

London Parents Forum

With rising school fees, scholarships and bursaries provide a lifeline for many parents. But with each school having it's own requirements the choices can be confusing. Our experts will unravel the options.

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  • Susan Hamlyn

    Director Emerita, The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants

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02:30 PM
03:10 PM

Independent and state curricula: are they really that different?

What's the point in paying for the same curriculum that state schools provide for free?

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03:30 PM
04:10 PM

Does independent education make you more employable?

Children from independent schools have been given every opportunity to fulfil their potential and succeed in life, but does this make them better job candidates and perform better throughout their careers?

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Nov 10
10:15 AM
11:00 AM

Are Independent Schools being outpaced by social and technological change?

Julian Thomas, Master of Wellington College opens the 2018 Show speaking in The Sunday Times Education Theatre about the 'future of education' 1980 to the present and beyond. What is a great education, the new paradigm, making learners employable, creative, team players, and empathy.

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12:00 PM
12:40 PM

Is there a right way to push your child?

London Parents Forum

Eve Jardine-Young, Principal, Cheltenham Ladies' College and Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn, Headmaster of Dragon School discuss the pro's and con's of tiger parenting, helicopter parenting and lawnmower parenting at the Independent Schoos Show.

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02:00 PM
02:40 PM

Helping summer-born children reach their fullest potential

Stephen Hammond, MP, Sarah Seagrave, Headmistress, Eaton House The Manor School and Annabel Heseltine, Editor of School House Magazine discuss why 20% less 'summer-born' babies go onto university - why is September the marker for starting school?

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03:45 PM
04:30 PM

Do independent schools prepare your children for the commercial world?

James Palumbo, Baron Palumbo of Southwark, and Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, Headmaster of Stowe School discuss education in the context of the challenges and the opportunities brought by globalisation, competition and AI.

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Nov 11
11:10 AM
11:50 AM

What if it doesn't go to plan?

London Parents Forum

Simon O'Malley, Headmaster, Thomas's Battersea and Emily Turner, Co-founder of angels&urchins - Matching your 'plan' to your child's abilities and happiness and finding a positive way forward when things aren't quite right.

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12:00 PM
12:40 PM

Why do parents in the know choose boarding school?

Dr Niall Hamilton, Admissions Tutor, Marlborough College and Arabella Stuart, Admissions Director, Sevenoaks School talk about a Boarding education, the 24/7 learning environment and the reasons for considering this type of education.

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12:50 PM
01:30 PM

Do League Tables Really Matter?

Ralph Lucas, Good Schools Guide and Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times Schools' Guide, Parent Power discuss how to choose a school and how to interpret the League Tables when choosing your childs' school

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02:30 PM
03:10 PM

Can fee assistance make Independent education affordable?

London Parents Forum

Susan Hamlyn, Director of The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants 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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  • Susan Hamlyn

    Director Emerita, The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants

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03:20 PM
04:00 PM

What makes a truly great school?

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Buckingham gives visitors his views on selecting schools, raising happy children and managing modern day pressures

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Nov 9
10:30 AM
11:15 AM

Hot off the Press

London Parents Forum

An overview of the current state of the sector in the UK, covering the latest political challenges and developments.

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11:15 AM
12:00 PM

Year 5-8 Conundrums

London Parents Forum

What's going on with Pre-tests and Common Entrance? Every parent needs to be up-to-date.

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12:15 PM
01:00 PM

Surviving London's pressure cooker

London Parents Forum

Exams every year from the age of seven, hyper competitive entrance exams for boys and girls at 11+ and 13+, Common Entrance; many parents are asking is there another way?

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01:15 PM
02:00 PM

How to pay for your children & grandchildren’s education?

London Parents Forum

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

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  • Paul Jones

    Financial Adviser, Hawkins Thomas Wealth Management

  • John Solosy

    Chartered Financial Planner, Solosy Wealth Management

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02:00 PM
02:45 PM

Single sex or co-ed?

London Parents Forum

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

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02:00 PM
02:45 PM

Thriving at school

London Parents Forum

Elaine Halligan explores the concept of growth mindset and looks at ways of motivating our children to do their best.

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03:00 PM
04:00 PM

Moving at Sixth Form

London Parents Forum

Sixth form is a critical time in any young person’s education and many students move after GCSEs. Our experts will discuss the wide variety of options available.

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Nov 10
01:00 PM
01:45 PM

Busting the Myths of the Independent Schools Admission Process

London Parents Forum

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

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02:45 PM
03:00 PM

State until eight?

London Parents Forum

Where is the value today? Comparing state and independent schools, and if combining how to manage changing lanes.

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Apr 22
10:00 AM
11:00 AM

Into Switzerland

London Parents Forum

This was an online event for parents who are considering moving their family to Switzerland.

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  • Bonas MacFarlane
  • Aiglon College
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Jun 3
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

Lets Talk About School Fees...

London Parents Forum

Financial strategies to help families manage through the C-19 crisis.

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Jun 16
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

Reception admissions - how to keep ahead in lockdown

London Parents Forum

Schools have been closed but admissions have not stopped. This online event was designed to help parents to understand how the leading London nurseries and Pre-Prep/Prep schools are managing the admissions processes for 2020 and 2021.

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  • Bonas MacFarlane
  • Eaton Square School
  • Young England Kindergarten
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Jun 25
10:45 AM
11:45 AM

Senior School Admissions

London Parents Forum

Our distinguished panel explain how open days, school tours, interviews/assessments and registration are working under the current circumstances.

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  • Bonas MacFarlane
  • Wellington College
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Jun 30
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

What price an education? Grandparents, Tax & Equity Release

London Parents Forum

How grandparents can best help with school fees.

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Jul 15
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

The Return to Boarding School

Good Schools Guide Forum

This online event was designed to help British and international parents prepare their children to return or start at boarding school this autumn.

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  • Good Schools Guide
  • Queen Anne's School
  • Windlesham House School
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Jul 22
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

How to apply to NYU

London Parents Forum

This was a unique opportunity to get your questions answered by an admissions director from one of the US universities most popular with international students.

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Sep 8
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

Start Planning For School Fees

London Parents Forum

Our third webinar in this series is designed to help families at the start of the education journey make sound financial plans.

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Sep 22
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

Into UK Senior Schools

London Parents Forum

In an hour we visited six leading schools within easy reach of London, saw them in action, gained exclusive insights and gave parents the opportunity to ask questions. This was a highly efficient way to focus your search and find the school that is the right fit for your child.

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  • Felsted School
  • Lancing College
  • New Hall School
  • King’s Ely
  • The Royal Masonic School for Girls
  • Mayfield School
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Sep 29
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

Choosing a London School

Good Schools Guide Forum

This online event, organised with the Good Schools Guide, is designed to help parents living in (or moving to) the capital deal with the extra pressures and complexities in finding a London school.

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  • Ashbourne Sixth Form College
  • Good Schools Guide
  • Knightsbridge School
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Oct 7
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

INTO Boarding Prep Schools

London Parents Forum

A unique opportunity for parents to look around eight of the UK's leading boarding prep schools. This is a highly efficient way to focus your search and find the school that is the right fit for your child.

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  • Old Buckenham Hall
  • Cottesmore School
  • Hanford School
  • Highfield & Brookham Schools
  • Lockers Park School
  • Orwell Park School
  • Aldro
  • Beeston Hall School
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Oct 14
05:30 PM
06:30 PM

Applying to highly selective US universities

London Parents Forum

With over one million international students applying to the US for university each year, competition for places at top universities is at an all time high. This online event is designed to help British and international students who are applying to US universities. 

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  • Jamie Boygo

    Specialist US College Consultant, Bonas MacFarlane

  • Paul Burgess

    Director of International Admission and Global Initiatives, Tulane University

  • Sayaka Smith

    Assistant Director of Admissions, Tufts University

  • Brendan Graham

    Senior Assistant Director, Northeastern University

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Oct 15
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

Choosing an independent school online

ISC Leadership

This session will give an overview of the best online tools and will then provide a detailed introduction to two of the most comprehensive sources of information - The Good Schools Guide and the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

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  • Good Schools Guide
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Nov 10
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

INTO the West of England

London Parents Forum

Featuring Cheltenham College, Marlborough, Millfield, Monkton Combe, Pangbourne, Queen Anne's, Sherborne School and Sherborne Girls, in an hour we visit these eight leading schools, see them in action, meet pupils, heads and admissions directors and gain exclusive insights.

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  • Sherborne School
  • Sherborne Girls
  • Cheltenham College
  • Marlborough College
  • Monkton Combe School
  • Pangbourne College
  • Queen Anne's School
  • Millfield School
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Nov 18
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

INTO the Home Counties

London Parents Forum

Featuring Bedales, Berkhamsted, Bradfield, Haileybury, Heathfield, Sevenoaks, St George's Ascot and Shiplake, in an hour we visit these leading schools, see them in action, meet pupils, heads and admissions directors and gain exclusive insights.

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  • Bedales
  • Berkhamsted School
  • Bradfield College
  • Haileybury
  • Sevenoaks School
  • Heathfield School
  • St George's, Ascot
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Nov 24
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

INTO the Girls' Day School Trust

London Parents Forum

Join us on Tuesday morning for a brilliant overview of the UK's leading group of girls' schools. This is a unique opportunity for parents to look around ten of the Girls' Day School Trust's leading independent girls schools.

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  • The Girls Day School Trust
  • Notting Hill and Ealing High School, GDST
  • Shrewsbury High School, GDST
  • Putney High School, GDST
  • Streatham & Clapham High School, GDST
  • Sutton High School, GDST
  • Norwich High School for Girls, GDST
  • Oxford High School, GDST
  • Royal High School, Bath, GDST
  • Wimbledon High School, GDST
  • Croydon High School, GDST
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Dec 1
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

How to Choose an Independent School

ISC Leadership

In the independent system there are hundreds of schools to look at, so how do you find the right one for your child? For this Parents Forum we are delighted to welcome Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the Independent Schools Council, who will be answering your questions.

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  • Independent Schools Council
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Jan 26
10:30 AM
11:15 AM

Support your child's home learning - Part 1

London Parents Forum

Bonas MacFarlane has organised two Parent Forums to help parents manage and support their child through lockdown. Part 1 explores how parents can help their child to engage with learning during lockdown. Tuition and home-learning experts will offer tips, strategies and advice to help your child overcome barriers and learn something new. 

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  • Bonas MacFarlane
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Feb 2
10:30 AM
11:15 AM

Part 2 - struggling with home learning?

London Parents Forum

Home learning in lockdown is making many parents aware that their child is not reaching their full academic potential and might well have learning, behaviour and socialisation differences. This Parent Forum will help parents with these concerns and discuss how to understand your child’s learning style, providing strategies and tips to help. 

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Feb 23
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

London Senior School Options

London Parents Forum

This Parent Forum is designed to help parents living in (or moving to) the capital deal with the extra pressures and complexities in finding a London senior school.

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  • Bonas MacFarlane
  • Eaton Square School
  • Fine Arts College Hampstead
  • Southbank International School Westminster
  • North Bridge House Senior & Sixth Canonbury
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Mar 2
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

Choosing a school for your SEN child

Good Schools Guide Forum

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
  • Abingdon House School & College
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Mar 16
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

INTO the Cotswolds

London Parents Forum

If you are considering a relocation to the Cotswolds, this Parent Forum is a highly efficient way to focus your search and find the school that is the right fit for your child.

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  • Royal High School, Bath, GDST
  • Dean Close
  • Stonar
  • Kitebrook Preparatory School
  • Kingham Hill School
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Mar 24
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

Move or Stay Put? The Financial Implications

London Parents Forum

There's a well-worn quandary for those who swap their London home and head out of the capital, would you be better off staying put? Brewin Dolphin will model some common scenarios and answer your questions.

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  • Brewin Dolphin Ltd
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Apr 27
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

The great outdoors - learning outside the classroom

London Parents Forum

The outdoors is the ultimate enabling environment. It is full of resources for open-ended play, adventure training and learning, providing huge benefits for children. In this Parent Forum we explore the educational opportunities of outdoor learning with Gordonstoun, Camp Bonas and Liberty Woodlands School. 

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  • Gordonstoun
  • Camp Bonas
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May 4
07:00 PM
08:00 PM

Senior Boarding in Action

London Parents Forum

For our first Family Forum, aimed at children as well as parents, we go behind the scenes to visit six senior schools in the evening and see what modern boarding is really like. There will be plenty of opportunities for Q&A so that you and your children can get answers to all the vital questions about boarding. 

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  • Berkhamsted School
  • Caterham School
  • Repton School
  • Queenswood
  • St Edward’s, Oxford
  • Fettes College
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May 11
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

INTO Central London Prep Schools

London Parents Forum

This Parent Forum provides a unique opportunity for parents living in (or moving to) London to look around nine of the capital's most sought after prep schools. In an hour we visit the schools, see them in action and gain exclusive insights. Knight Frank will then give an overview of the market for family homes in Central London.

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May 18
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

Preparing your child to thrive at Boarding School

London Parents Forum

Boarding schools offer a unique, life-changing, educational opportunity, but going to boarding school is a big step which can seem daunting for children and their parents.  This Parent Forum looks at how to prepare your child for boarding, helping with the transition from living at home to living at school. 

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  • Junior King’s, Canterbury
  • Camp Bonas
  • St Edmund's College and Prep
  • Dragon School
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May 25
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

Talking school fees

London Parents Forum

This week we look at affordability - discussing bursaries, second child discounts and school fees planning with two of the UK's leading school fee experts.

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  • Good Schools Guide
  • Brewin Dolphin Ltd
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Jun 8
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

Rethinking the future of Independent Education

London Parents Forum

This week an extraordinary panel of leading figures from the sector gather to discuss the prospects for British independent schools in the 21st century. This is a great opportunity to meet the heads of three of Britain’s most well-known schools – St Paul's, Winchester and Westminster, plus a former head of Harrow.

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  • Independent Schools Council
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Jun 15
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

Town v Country - the teenage years

London Parents Forum

Would your teenager thrive better in a city or country school? Heads of five city and country schools interview their teenaged pupils to help you decide whether your child would suit a rural or urban education. There will be an extended Q&A where parents can directly question heads and pupils.

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  • Sherborne School
  • Marlborough College
  • Reddam House Berkshire
  • Fulham School
  • Francis Holland School, Sloane Square
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Jun 22
12:00 PM
12:25 PM

Town v Country - Girls' schools

London Parents Forum

In conversation - the heads of City of London School for Girls and Sherborne Girls School will help you decide whether your daughter would thrive better in London or out of the city.

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12:25 PM
12:45 PM

What price an education? Planning your finances

Two leading school fees experts will be in conversation about how to dovetail your financial and educational plans. Both will stress the importance of creating a plan that works financially for you and your family. 

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  • Good Schools Guide
  • Brewin Dolphin Ltd
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02:30 PM
02:55 PM

Preparing for competitive entry schools

London Parents Forum

A leading prep school and senior school discuss the kinds of children who thrive in highly academic schools.

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  • Cottesmore School
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02:55 PM
03:15 PM

London day, boarding or a country day?

London Parents Forum

How do you decide what’s best for your child? William Petty, Managing Director of Bonas MacFarlane, discusses how parents should set about making education choices.

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  • Bonas MacFarlane
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05:00 PM
05:30 PM

Town v Country, Co-Ed options

London Parents Forum

In conversation - the heads of Latymer Upper School and Sevenoaks will help you decide whether your child would thrive better in London or out of the city.

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  • Sevenoaks School
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05:30 PM
05:45 PM

Town or Country? - Finding your next home

Knight Frank analyst Chris Druce discussed the rollercoaster year prime property has experienced in both the UK and abroad and the drivers behind it.

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Sep 22
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

INTO British boarding | Preparing your child for boarding

London Parents Forum

What do you need to think about when moving your child into a UK boarding school? We meet teenagers from Monaco, Dubai and Hong Kong who are boarding in the UK at Lancing, Sevenoaks and Millfield, three of the UK's leading schools and then discuss how parents can practically support their child when school is a long way from home.

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  • Sevenoaks School
  • Lancing College
  • Millfield School
  • Barratt London
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Nov 2
10:30 AM
10:30 AM

INTO London Prep Schools

London Parents Forum

This Parent Forum provides a unique opportunity for parents living in (or moving to) London to get an overview of the capital's most sought after prep schools: Eaton Square, Knightsbridge, St Anthony's School for Boys, St Anthony's School for Girls, Falcons Prep, Cameron Vale

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  • Knightsbridge School
  • Eaton Square School
  • Falcons Prep Richmond
  • Fulham School
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Nov 9
10:30 AM
11:15 AM

Preview of the Independent Schools Show, 2021

London Parents Forum

Coming to the Schools Show this weekend, or thinking about coming? Join this Parents Forum for a unique preview of the 2021 show.

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  • Next Step Exhibitions Ltd
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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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  • Heathfield School
  • 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
12:40 PM

Giving your child the best possible start: why go to an IAPS prep school?

ISC Leadership

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

More information

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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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  • Royal High School, Bath, GDST
  • 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 scholarship and bursary provision in independents schools, tackling the issues of affordability and value and how to access the considerable financial assistance. Dr Anthony Wallersteiner talks about Stowe's Change 100 initiative to provide 100 free places in the school at all times.

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

Finding a good school in London

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?

More information

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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?

More information

  • 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
02:40 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
02:30 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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  • Cottesmore School
  • Muddy Stilettos Best Schools Guide
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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

Flexible & Monday - Friday, how boarding supports modern 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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  • Millfield School
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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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03:00 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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  • Caterham School
  • Windlesham House School
  • Francis Holland School, Sloane Square
  • Francis Holland Junior School, Sloane Square
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03:15 PM
03:45 PM

Raising resilient children, able to cope with life's knocks

London Parents Forum

For children to cope, they need to be resilient and flexible. We can't change temperament (nor do we want to) but we can work with it. We can teach our children solutions and strategies to enable them to deal with setbacks, pick themselves up, try again and bolster their self esteem. Join this talk to find out how you as a parent can play a vital part.

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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
  • Berkhamsted School
  • Repton School
  • Downside 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
12:40 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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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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  • Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill
  • Gresham's
  • Felsted School
  • Hampton Court House
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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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  • South Hampstead High School, GDST
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12:00 PM
12:40 PM

Finding a good school in London

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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  • Notting Hill and Ealing High School, GDST
  • 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

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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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

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
  • Cavendish Education
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01:15 PM
01:45 PM

Permission to shine

London Parents Forum

How well do you know your child? We test children to within an inch of their lives, without discovering what truly makes them tick. This fun, active, thought-provoking session will shift your perspective on exams and assessments.

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  • Desmond O'Connor

    Educational Psychologist , Bonas MacFarlane / O'Connor Assessments

  • Bonas MacFarlane
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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

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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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.

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  • Good Schools Guide
  • Good Schools Guide Education Consultants
  • Cottesmore School
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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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  • Queen's Gate School
  • Eaton Square School
  • Westonbirt School
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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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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
  • Fulham School
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03:00 PM
03:40 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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04:00 PM
04:30 PM

The impact of school groups on UK education

Scholato Keynote

The independent schools sector has seen increasing amounts of transactions recently. What are the benefits to pupils when their schools are bought and consolidated into groups. Is group ownership, particularly of smaller schools, going to be increasingly common?

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  • Dukes Education
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Nov 16
10:30 AM
11:30 AM

INTO British Boarding | Full family relocations

London Parents Forum

At this Parents Forum webinar we meet a group of international boarders and then discuss what parents need to consider if they plan to relocate their families to the UK.

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  • Sevenoaks School
  • St Edmund's School Canterbury
  • AMADEUS International School Vienna
  • Barratt London
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Nov 26
01:00 PM
01:40 PM

Should I stay or should I go?

There are over 280 private international schools in Dubai alone. Are some of them now able to compete with the globally-known British boarding schools? What unique opportunities do they offer and how does a Dubai education compare with its British counterpart?

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  • Lancing College
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02:00 PM
02:40 PM

IB or A-Level - what's right for your child?

Hear from the Heads of two leading UK schools, who will summarise the respective strengths of the IB Diploma and A-levels, the types of students that typically find them most helpful in supporting their future goals, and how the two curricula are regarded in the university application processes worldwide.

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  • Sevenoaks School
  • Strathallan
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03:00 PM
03:40 PM

Making the move, how to prepare

This talk will answer all your admissions questions. What is a cognitive ability test? Does the 11+ still exist? Surely it's cheaper and easier to wait until sixth form (Year 12) entry?

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  • Bonas MacFarlane
  • Concord College
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Nov 27
01:00 PM
01:40 PM

How to select the right school for your child and how to get them in

How many schools should you be looking at? This talk explores how to create a good shortlist for your child and then talks through the kinds of preparation programme you should put in place to maximise your child's chances of getting in.

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02:00 PM
02:40 PM

IB or A-Level - what's right for your child?

If you're weighing up curriculum choices at Sixth Form, hear from a leading Dubai and UK school about the respective strengths of the IB Diploma and A-levels. A must-hear for those seriously thinking through their options.

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  • Stuart Dalley

    Senior Deputy Head, Badminton School

  • Ruth Burke

    Principal and CEO, Swiss International Scientific School, Dubai

  • Badminton School
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03:00 PM
03:40 PM

When Is the right time to make the move?

Parent hysteria frequently clouds this issue and there is not one answer for all students. Each school will of course have main entry points, publicizing these with accompanying, comprehensive and clear admissions processes, but how do you determine what's right for your child?

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  • Bonas MacFarlane
  • Millfield Prep School
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