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What is the GSGI Educational Advice Service?

Good Schools Guide International has advisors all over the world. The GSGI Advice Service is a consultancy to advise parents, one-to-one, on choosing the best schooling for your children wherever you are – or wherever you are going.

Call our UK office and we’ll tell you if we can help: +44 (0) 203 286 6824.

Each advisor is a lively, helpful person who has been in your shoes many times. By email or phone before you move, or in person once you arrive, she’ll give you up-to-date, informal advice on the best local schools, the inside scoop on them, and which one is right for your child.

They will tell you frankly if the hard truth is that there are no good options for you in that country.

And you can throw in those other questions, too – the ones about housing and piano lessons and furniture and school shoes.

In short, each editor is a sort of one-woman coffee morning.

How can the advisors help?

  • Specific local schools
  • Educational systems, curricula, exams for a particular country
  • Cultural overview (expat survival and life in the host country)
  • Other questions about moving overseas

On a more personal level, The Good Schools Guide International advisors can:

  • Give you for an accurate picture of particular schools and the differences between them.
  • Provide a lifeline to a new country, connecting the dots between schools, neighborhoods, transportation, traffic, extra-curriculars and other educational support.
  • Give advice on the pros and cons regarding your own child, in an objective and detailed manner.
  • Act as a point of contact to approach the school to ascertain the availability of places and other information required by prospective parents eg school reports.
  • Put together an informal profile of the parents and the children to match the pupil with the school.
  • Provide other educational support.

Who are these people?

Our advisors (who are also our writers on schools) have spent their adult lives moving with the diplomatic corps or multi-national corporations and come from a range of professions and backgrounds – professional educators, journalists, corporate executives, diplomatic wives….

But all are expats, all are parents, and all have had years of experience analysing and dealing with their own children’s schooling across the globe.

and how do they know what they know?

Ears to the ground, GSGI editors talk to other parents and visit the schools themselves. They look at the usual suspects – test scores, buildings, where children go from here ie other local schools? Top boarding schools back home? Good universities? and compare schools with the best of similar schools worldwide.

GSGI advisors know the schools where they live, and they’ve ferreted out the secrets of expat survival there.  Because of their infectious enthusiasm for this intrepid nomadic life, they are exactly the sympathetic, savvy advisors parents need for educational and even cultural advice about new postings or proposed relocations.

How do I engage an advisor?

Tell us what you need, and we’ll tell you if can help.

Call our UK office: +44 (0) 203 286 6824.

All information is treated in the strictest confidence. We act as agent for our advisors; if we have an advisor in that country, as soon as your details have cleared, we’ll put you directly in touch with the right advisor so the two of you can agree about consultation by email, telephone or in person  – at times that are convenient for both of you.

What is the cost?

Our standard fee for non-UK advisories is £495 for up to three hours of any combination of phone, email, and/or face-to-face, and £150 for each additional hour. Special arrangements can be made between you and your advisor for half or full day meetings (click here for Advisory Rates).

We will refund your fee if you are not entirely satisfied with the results, or even if – after a few minutes – we discover we can’t help.

Call the Good Schools Guide office: +44 (0) 203 286 6824

GSGI advisors act on their own account, and are not agents, employees or partners of the GSGI. The full terms and conditions of their agreement with you can be found here, and if you proceed to contact any of them having read this page you will be presumed to have read and agreed to this agreement.

Contact us at: or 0800 368 7694 (UK) or +44 203 286 6824 from overseas to speak to our administrator.

Your child – nothing matters more


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