We have visited Osborne Cawkwell’s offices. In addition, 29 clients and 41 tutors have completed an on-line survey. For an explanation of the different tutor sections in the Good Schools Guide see which tutor agency?
The Good Schools Guide review of Osborne Cawkwell Educational Consultants
Run by Lucy Cawkwell from a basement office just off the Gloucester Road. They have one large administration space, with a smaller sun-lit room at the side, which is used for meeting clients, interviewing tutors and lessons. Lucy has been involved in tutoring for 25 years; with her works Shirley, (13 years' teaching experience, at OC for 10 years, degree in English and has a certificate in Counselling Skills), Rianne who, says Lucy, 'has several years of teaching and working with schools under her belt,' and Holly (with Lucy for 4 years and has a PGCE in Secondary Art and Design). Then there’s Maciej (pronounced ‘ma-chay’), in charge of invoicing and accounts. The two newest recruits, both of whom joined in 2015, are Dan, a consultant who supports clients and tutors and Grace who looks after office admin and answers the phone.
Some special needs are easy to spot, others are only determined once a child has experienced considerable difficulties, frustrations or social and emotional problems.
Over the years, diagnosis of and provision for SEN have improved, but both can still be a minefield.
Identifying different kinds of special educational needs
Few children fit a condition perfectly – if they do, we tend to say they are a ‘classic’ case. Most will not be straightforward: perhaps a dyslexic with dyspraxia and a touch of ADD, or a child with ASD who also has Down’s syndrome.
Just as special needs are hard to…
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Counties such as Kent or Buckinghamshire are ‘selective authorities’ and most families will have at least one grammar school close to where they live. Elsewhere, for example in Reading or Kingston-on-Thames, there are just one or two grammar schools and competition for places at these is ferocious.
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Grammar schools are located in 36 English local authorities. Almost half of these are considered 'selective authorities' (eg Kent and Buckinghamshire), where around one in five local children are selected for grammar school entry based on ability. The others are areas such as Barnet or Kingston,…
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