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Education Consultancy Services
Navigating your way through the British independent school system is not easy, and this is where the experience of an education consultant can be invaluable.
Our education consultants include head teachers, sixth-form heads, Oxford admissions tutors and US university specialists. They really do know the system better than anyone else and can provide you with practical guidance on everything from London nursery placements to school choices and beyond.
Our Education Consultancy Service is available to you at any time, whether your child is working with a tutor or not. Our team also help with the details, such as your application forms. For many families, their education consultant has become a trusted sounding board for each and every step along their child’s journey through education.
Nathaniel McCullagh, SLT's Founder and Director explains how we advise families about the choices faced at all stages of their child's education.
Our advisors include head teachers and teachers from leading London independent schools, Oxford admissions tutors and a range of advisors who are specialist in their particular area. Supporting them is a client relations team that will manage every step of your child’s placement with the utmost care.
We have a core in-house team led by our SLT founder, Nathaniel McCullagh. We also work with a wide network of external education consultants who we call upon to make sure that, whatever advice you need, you’ll have access to one of the absolute leaders in that field.
Our education consultant network includes head teachers, heads of sixth form and subject heads from leading London independent schools, Oxford admissions tutors and specialists in areas from UK prep schools to US university applications.
Together our team work with families based in the UK and also overseas, helping you navigate the complexities of the British education system.
Navigating your way through the British independent school system is hard. Our education consultants will make sure you have the specific information you need, and provide a huge amount of inside knowledge you simply won’t find in guides or on the internet.
As a result, our education consultants often end up becoming our clients’ trusted advisors for each ‘next step’: whether that’s nursery or pre-prep placement, moving to prep school, getting into the best senior school or choosing a university.
Our education consultants can also help provide a structured way through difficult situations that you may be facing for the first time, such as the sudden need for a change of school, or navigating special educational needs. We have seen time and time again that this kind of early intervention can have a marked change on a student’s trajectory, influencing their future results, such as GCSE, IB and A-level.
One of the key differences of our education consultancy services is that you’re not just getting the opinion of one person. No matter how expert they are, one person simply can’t have up-to-date knowledge of every school at every stage of education.
What we make available to you is a whole network of specialists who genuinely can give you that breadth of specialist knowledge – all managed through one single point of contact at SLT.
In addition, our education consultants in London come with a particularly in-depth knowledge of independent schools in the South East, and boarding schools throughout the UK. In many cases the competition to get into these London schools is fierce. The guidance of an SLT education consultant – working in tandem with a private tutor making sure your child is well prepared – can make a real difference to your chances of a successful application to the right school.
No-one wants their child to go through the heartache of being unhappy at school, underperforming or even possibly having to move. Working with an education consultant can dramatically reduce the chance of this – by giving you the information and advice you need to make the right choice first time.
About half of the families we work with live outside of the United Kingdom. They find our ‘help on the ground’ to be valuable. By that we mean taking care of all school admin such as paperwork, negotiations and tuition co-ordination, along with the little things like getting books delivered to their home in the holidays. In short, we work with the school on your behalf to ensure no stone is left unturned to give your child the best education.
Our approach to finding and securing the right school or university for your child starts with a shortlist of institutions based on your values and the various practical factors that drive your decision. We share our own knowledge of each and make additional recommendations based on our visits and meetings with senior staff, students and parents. We simplify the complexity of the application system by managing deadlines, deposits and other entry requirements. We schedule visits and steer discussions with the school in order to ensure the best chances of a place for your child.
We measure success on using our expertise and relationships to help you to find the right school for your child. We take a strong ethical stance on school and university placements and insist on an accurate assessment of your child’s abilities. Our own ability to steer an application relies on our integrity with school admission teams, something that our clients benefit from. When we recommend a child for a school, they will be well prepared and above all an excellent fit for the school. We never take introductory fees from a school and will always offer completely impartial advice.
When our assessments identify a shortfall in a particular area, such as a language or curriculum gap for international students, we introduce a carefully organised course of academic tuition, or other suitable support. Our tuition team can provide the full range of support, for scholars to Eton, Harrow, Westminster and other academically elite schools to students who need to improve their written or spoken English.
Discretion and sensitivity is key for all of the families we work with. Many are based overseas and ask us to manage the entire process on their behalf.
What services do our education consultants provide?
Choosing the right nursery and pre-prep school for your child will have a significant impact on their educational journey. We will advise you on the very best nurseries and pre-preps in your area and help to make sure your child secures a place.
Our education consultants have helped families from around the world to secure places at top UK prep schools. We not only offer independent advice to help you choose the best prep school to suit your child’s character and interests, but will also guide you through every step of the application process.
Choosing and gaining a place at the right senior school can be can be extremely challenging. Our service extends far beyond simply finding and recommending a school for your child; we will facilitate introductions to key members of staff and take you through the entire application process providing as much support and guidance as you require. We will help you understand the entry requirements for each individual school and the best way to help your child prepare for assessments.
To help your son or daughter compete against the brightest academic minds, we will guide them on every part of their Oxbridge application, introducing specialist tutors to prepare them for interviews and all Oxford and Cambridge entrance tests, including the TSA, LNAT, BMAT, CAT.
Our education consultants have first-hand knowledge of leading British universities and will provide valuable insights and advice to ensure your child has the best possible chance of choosing and securing a place.
Renowned for their complexities, US college applications require specialist knowledge and planning for the best chance of success. Our US consultants will provide first-hand advice on how to secure a place at leading US colleges.
These assessments allow you to gauge your child’s current academic position. This information can then be used to help decide what schools are most suitable for your son or daughter, how to best prepare them for forthcoming entrance exams and whether or not additional tuition is required.
We were delighted to win the Relocate Global award for, ‘Excellence in Education Consultancy 2019‘. In the words of the judges:
“This firm clearly brings a caring and compassionate perspective to its services, but combines this with technological efficiency and excellent people management practices – a very buttoned-down intelligent group of people with a bigger-picture awareness.”
"High-quality service and depth of knowledge are hallmarks of this niche player in the education field."
Relocate Global, 2019
"Thanks to Simply Learning’s kind and attentive assistance, Ella has managed to secure a Year 8 chance space at Francis Holland."
Mr B, Washington D.C., Senior School Placement
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