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Choosing your child’s school is one of the most important decisions you will ever make – let our experienced team help you. We will guide you through the decision-making process and give you the confidence to make the right choice, armed with the most up-to-date insider knowledge. We are all parents ourselves – we know how hard this is, and we can make it easier for you.
‘We moved into a popular area and missed the registration deadline for 11+ schools. The TE team came to the rescue and in the end we received offers from four out of five of our top choices. I was particularly impressed with the way they guided us away from the "dinner-party chat" and helped us find the right school for us.’ Susie, London, March 2020
How do we work?

We listen – and we talk! Life is complicated enough, so we’ve made our parent-advisory service really straightforward.

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School Search
Our School Search package starts with a one-hour discussion by telephone or Skype/Zoom with a senior consultant to talk through your child’s interests, abilities and personality, and to discuss what you and your child are looking for in a school. From this, we will draw up a bespoke list of potential schools tailored to your – and your child's – specific needs. In a follow-up discussion, we will go through the merits of each school, and together we will draw up a shortlist for you to begin your search. Using your subscription to our Schools Guide, you will be able to compare and contrast schools on your shortlist, make notes on your dashboard and receive the latest news, updates and Open Days on your shortlisted schools.

£1,500 + VAT

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One-hour Problem Solver
If you need instant advice on a particular question, we also offer a one-hour problem-solver consultation. You might be trying to decide between two schools you already know, or need help with a knotty issue – what is prep-school boarding really like for a child who has never boarded before? Are A-levels or the IB more suitable for your teenager? If you’re new to the mysteries of UK independent education or are a new parent starting to plan your baby’s educational journey, this is a good starting point.

£300 + VAT

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Bursaries Advice
Many schools have healthy bursary pots for the right candidate, but the application process can be daunting. If you are considering applying for a bursary to your chosen school, or would like to know whether you might be eligible for one, we offer a one-hour Scholarship and Bursary Consultation with our experienced bursary adviser, helping you to navigate the often complex system of applying for financial aid.

£300 + VAT

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Special Education and Disabilities Advice
We work closely with Acorn to Oak Education – specialist SEN-school and college-search educational consultants – to help parents seeking advice and support. Acorn to Oak have a strong record in supporting families to access successful placements in both mainstream and specialist settings; they will help you to identify schools that meet your child’s needs, draw up shortlists of potential schools or colleges and help with applications. 

Price on application. Talk Education parents are offered a free 20-minute, no-obligation consultation with Acorn to Oak Education before committing to further help.

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If you have any other questions, please contact us. We are here to talk.
‘I was in the worst panic of my life trying to find the right prep school – thank goodness for Lucy’s sane and sympathetic advice. I will be coming back to Talk Education when I start the senior-school selection process.’ Abigail, Kent, March 2020
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Case Studies

Christina and Jon are a London-based couple, expecting their first child and new to independent education. They were feeling overwhelmed by advice from well-meaning friends and colleagues, and were looking for impartial advice to help them navigate their way through the UK school system, starting with nursery registrations. They had a ninety-minute telephone consultation, during which our adviser found out more about their expectations and aspirations, listened to their concerns, talked them through the UK independent education system and suggested a list of priorities for them to consider.

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Anne-Sophie and Jerome are originally from France but have relocated to London for work.  Their children attend a state primary school near their home, and are happily settled there, but they were concerned about the next stage of their education - should they move them to an independent school at 7+ or 8+, or wait until 11+? Our adviser listened to their concerns, talked them through their options and helped them to make their decision.

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