Are you a talented writer with a soft spot for schools?
The Good Schools Guide is on the look-out for skilled writers with a passion for schools, a knowledge of their local educational landscape and an impeccable grasp of written English. We’re particularly keen to attract writers with current experience of schools who can commit to reviewing at least six schools a year.
Underpinning every one of our school reviews is a tried and tested methodical approach involving background research, a school visit, meeting staff and pupils as well as interviewing parents. Our writers, who come from the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, have a wide range of backgrounds and include teachers, journalists, lawyers and accountants. We pay per review on a sliding scale starting at £350 for a small junior school, and travel expenses are also reimbursed.
The Good Schools Guide began life in the early 1980s when two journalists, both with young children, found that no publication satisfied their appetite for candid and impartial reviews of schools. They swiftly found that this demand was shared by a great many parents and decided to fill the gap in the market. Over the following few years, along with a small band of likeminded writers, they taught themselves the ins and outs of British schools. Not only did the early contributors to The Good Schools Guide develop a finely-tuned understanding of what constituted a ‘good’ school, they also studied admissions and selection procedures, sussed out education trends (and fads) and got to the bottom of what parents really want to know about a prospective school for their child. Much has changed in education over the last 30 years but our founding principles and commitment to providing parents with truthful and informative school reviews remain the same. If you too are intrigued by these topics, why not get in touch?
The trademark Good Schools Guide review is written with wit, a raised eyebrow and the expectation that parents will read between the lines. Here are some examples of recent school reviews:
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Please send us an email introducing yourself, explaining why you fit the bill and include your CV. Tell us about the parts of the country you know well or if you have any particular education interests such as boarding or Special Educational Needs.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Perhaps you suspect your child has some learning difficulty and you would like advice on what you should do. Or perhaps it is becoming clear that your child's current school is not working for him or her, and you need help to find a mainstream school which has better SEN provision, or to find a special school which will best cater for your child's area of need. Our SEN consultancy team advises on both special schools, and the mainstream schools with good SEN support, from reception through to the specialist colleges for 19+.
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As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, The Good Schools Guide International offers the following guidance:
Determine the global situation and that of individual countries on government mandated school closures by accessing the UNESCO information on this link: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-emergencies/coronavirus-school-closures.
For updates on the medical situation, go to the World Health Organisation website at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports.
If you wish to contact one of our GSGI listed schools to discover their current status or any plans for alternate learning strategies, please go to our database to find email and phone numbers for each school https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/international-search.
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