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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 with a short list of excellent suggestions in their School Search, 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 suggested the right school for us.’ Susie, London, October 2021
How do we work?

We listen – and we talk! Life is complicated enough, so we’ve made our parent-advisory service really straightforward. Our services start at just £450+VAT. Fill out this form to request a quick free-of-charge chat with us, and to find out more about our services:

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School Search
Our School Search package starts with a one-hour discussion by telephone or video call with a senior advisor 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, and send you a detailed report. 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.

Our School Search is also perfect for those with young babies or if you are expecting a child - our dedicated early years advisor will help you select the very best nursery schools as well as pre-preps, and can help with completing registration forms.

£1800 + VAT

Ready to register for schools now? Select our add-on School Registration Package and we will register your child for up to six schools. 

Add on School Registration Package  £895 + VAT
Price is for registration at up to six schools. If more than six registrations are required, an extra £150 is charged per school.

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First Steps
Our First Steps bundle guides you on the right choices for your child as they start their journey into education. The package starts with a one-hour discussion by telephone or video call with our dedicated, experienced nursery advisor, exploring the very best nursery settings in your area and how to apply for them, any assessment processes required and the key deadlines to bear in mind. We will also give you an overview of the UK education system. From this, we will draw up a bespoke list of nurseries tailored to you and your child's specific needs. Using your subscription to our Nurseries Guide, you will be able to compare and contrast nurseries on your shortlist, make notes on your dashboard and receive the latest news and updates on your chosen nurseries. 

£1250 + VAT

Ready to register for nurseries now? Let us do the work for you. With our add-on Nursery Registration Package we will register your child for up to four nurseries from as early as the delivery room, letting you concentrate on your family at this precious time.

Add on Nursery Registration Package  £695 + VAT
Price is for registration at up to four nurseries. If more than four registrations are required, an extra £150 is charged per nursery.

Interested in finding the right Pre-Prep for your child as well? Upgrade to our School Search package and we can help you on your early years journey, advising on both nurseries and prep schools - £1800 + 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, this is a good starting point.

£450 + 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.

£450 + VAT

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Special Educational Needs 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; together we will help you to identify schools that meet your child’s needs, draw up shortlists of potential schools or colleges and help with applications. 

We are happy to arrange a bespoke quotation for you, depending on your family's needs. The following prices are for guidance only.

In-depth consultation – in this 90 minute consultation we will cover your child’s profile, exploring the kind of help that your child may need in school, the kind of future school that may be best for you to consider, whether your child could benefit from an EHC Plan and how to get started with it, next steps and school strategy. 

From £750 + VAT

Personalised and screened school shortlist – together with Acorn to Oak, we will create an individual shortlist of the most suitable school options (mainstream/specialist/independent/state) for your child within your local area (up to 45 minutes from home) that we have screened and discussed with the shortlisted schools based upon your child’s individual profile. 

This service includes our review of all of the relevant documentation about your child, detailed consultations with you, development of the shortlist based upon your child’s profile, plus a complete long list of all potential schools. For the schools that are relevant to your child’s profile we will speak directly with each school to determine potential suitability and availability of places. 

From £3700 + VAT

SEND school placement support – we will create a personalised and screened shortlist of all types of SEND school place based upon your child’s profile and your preferences, and support you for up to 12 months in visiting and applying for up to 6 schools from your personalised shortlist. We help you organise the information to be sent to each school to help ensure this also captures your child’s strengths and skills, and provide advice throughout.

This service includes a detailed review of all of the relevant documentation about your child, consultations with you, a personalised shortlist for your child based upon your search criteria and your child’s profile, plus confirmation that the shortlist includes schools that are likely to have space available and where we consider your child’s profile would meet the school’s admission criteria. During the placement stage we liaise with the admissions teams about progress of the application, plus organise visits that we will attend with the family if preferred. This service also includes full support until your child has completed the admissions process for up to 6 schools from the shortlist.

So far, all families with their placement service have obtained a successful school placement

From £7000 + VAT

If you are looking for a school place further afield in any of the categories, or are in a hurry - perhaps you are relocating or your child’s school placement has broken down - this can be covered for an additional charge.

We offer a free 20-minute, no-obligation consultation 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 Kate's sane and sympathetic advice. I will be coming back to Talk Education when I start the senior-school selection process.’ Abigail, Kent, Sept 2021

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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