Part of the inimitable and prestigious Good Schools Guide, providing independent, trustworthy advice to parents. All our consultants have professional backgrounds or specialist qualifications in education plus invaluable, in-depth, global knowledge of both international and British schools.
Call: 0800 368 7694 (UK) or +44 (0) 203 286 6824 (international)
Email: [email protected]
Who are our consultants?
Our consultants are the people who research, visit and review the schools in the GSGI. They have spent their adult lives moving 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.
Each consultant 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 or he will give you up-to-date advice on the best local schools, the inside scoop on them, and which one is right for your child.
They will even tell you frankly if the hard truth is that there are no good options for you in that country.
How can they 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 consultants 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, neighbourhoods, 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 e.g. school reports.
- Put together an informal profile of the parents and the children to match the pupil with the school.
- Provide other educational support.
In short, we can make moving schools and countries a much less harrowing experience. Plus, you can throw in those other questions – the ones about housing and piano lessons and furniture and school shoes…
Why should you trust them?
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 (i.e. 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 you engage an advisor?
Tell us what you need, and we’ll tell you if can help.
To find out the various available packages please call:
0800 368 7694 (UK) or +44 (0) 203 286 6824 (overseas) to speak to our administrator.
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, skype, telephone or in person – at times that are convenient for both of you.
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.
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 accepted this agreement.
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