Griffin and Bell Education

Consultancy

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Consultancy

Griffin and Bell Education provides bespoke consultancy services to parents who are looking for guidance and advice in a range of academic situations. Below you will find the key areas in which we specialise.

Scroll down below the topic areas to see the popular consultancy packages we offer. If you would like to discuss a solution tailor-made for you, please don't hesitate to call us to let us know about your particular situation.


SCHOOL ENTRANCE

If you need help preparing your child for their school entrance exams, we can advise on everything from the most suitable schools for the student, to the nuances and differences between the exam papers for each school. 

We are always happy to sit down with parents to help them to produce a roadmap of the education system, and a clear strategy to support their educational goals for their children. This sort of planning can be hugely valuable when it comes to understanding the different routes, decision points and outcomes. 

If required, our advice can then be used as a springboard for a tailored course of private tuition which Griffin + Bell can arrange, to ensure that any weaknesses in the student's knowledge and understanding have been covered, and his or her exam technique has matured.

Whether via our school entrance courses, consultancy services, or simply through the attention of effective tutors, our first aim is to bring clarity to a journey that can so often confuse and overwhelm parents, and to open up a clear path ahead.


ADMISSIONS AND APPLICATIONS

When required, we can help parents with the whole application process, including the following: contacting schools; finding or registering for occasional vacancies; arranging school tours; completing application forms, letters and personal statements. Do contact us to discuss your needs.


ARRIVING IN THE UK

If you are planning to come to live in London or elsewhere in the UK, and you would like to discuss the best way to prepare your child for entrance into the UK school system, please contact us to discuss the ways in which we can help. We can help you to understand the examinations that will take place, we can advise on school selection and we can support with academic preparation. We also work closely with a property consultant who can ensure that your choice of home gives you access to outstanding schools. 


A-LEVEL AND UNIVERSITY ADVICE

Throughout the course of a student's academic career, all kinds of challenges may arise. Few will be more important than navigating the years leading up to university, and ensuring that the right choices are made. These choices will lay the foundation for the student's future. Griffin + Bell can provide consultation on subject selection, university choices, UCAS forms, work experience and career planning.


LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

Should you need to speak to a specialist or a child psychologist, we can make recommendations to ensure that you have access to the advice and the expertise that you need. We also represent tutors who have experience working with a range of special educational needs, who can provide lasting support for students. If you feel your child is not thriving in the conventional school system, you may be interested to read about our home school services here.

 

Consultancy Options

  1. School Entrance Assessment

Best for families considering 7+, 8+, 10+, 11+ or 13+

Cost £650

This package includes:

  • 2 hours’ one-to-one academic assessment with an expert consultant

  • Detailed written feedback outlining the student’s strengths and weaknesses in the key subjects

  • Advice on school selection, tuition strategy, preparation and resources

  • 30 minute follow-up call with the consultant

  • An additional advisory document explaining the specific entrance processes and criteria for your top 3-5 schools

    The School Entrance Assessment package can also be tailored to the requirements of the 16+, taking into account your child’s chosen A level subjects.


2.
Education Road Map

Best for parents who wish to gain a full understanding of the UK education system and devise a long-term educational strategy

£1500

This package includes:

  • One hour consultation meeting to find out about your family circumstances, the student(s) and your educational aims and ethos

  • Detailed document advising on six schools that suit your immediate needs and further suggestions regarding future progression through the UK school system

  • A timeline that alerts you to when key decisions about school applications and/or changing schools should be made

  • An advisory document explaining the differing school entrance processes at 4+, 7+, 8+, 10+, 11+, 13+ and 16+

  • Additional written advice on school selection, state vs. private, co-ed vs single sex, boarding vs day school. Other questions and concerns (eg. advice regarding bilingual and/or international schooling, home schooling, SEN and extra curricular aims) can also be included

  • 30 minute follow-up call with the consultant


3.
School Finding and Placement Package

Best for families requiring hands-on support with the full process of finding a school place for their child

£2800

This package includes:

  • One hour consultation with an expert schools consultant to find out about your family, the student(s) and your educational aims and ethos

  • Two hour academic assessment if required

  • Detailed document advising on the schools that meet your needs and aims (usually covering 6-12 schools)

  • Organisation of school visits (which a consultant may attend as well, a service that would incur an extra fee)

  • Full support with enquiries, application forms, registration, waiting lists and all other aspects of the admissions process

  • Advice on assessment preparation (and introduction to tutors where required)

  • The support lasts until the child is offered and accepts a place at an appropriate school

4. General Consultancy

£180 per hour

Aside from the packages above, we can help with all sorts of consultancy requirements through face-to-face meetings, phone calls, Skype and email correspondence. We are here to discuss your queries or concerns.

Consultancy services we have supplied in the past include:

  • Providing curricula and/or reading lists for specific age groups

  • Explaining the intricacies of the UK school system to international families

  • Advising on subject choices for secondary students

  • Advising on university choices and applications

  • Marking papers or essays and providing detailed feedback

  • Helping with strategies to promote confidence or focus

  • Advising on strategy for home schooling

  • Dealing with school exclusion or extended periods off school

  • Advising on relocation with the best educational outcomes in mind


    Where required, we work with a number of associate consultants, including a specialist in London nurseries and a relocation consultant

 
 
“We asked Griffin + Bell to help prepare our daughter for the UK 11+ exam. Living overseas, Griffin + Bell were able to advise us on the UK curriculum, what to expect in the exam, practice with past exam papers as well as providing guidance on reading lists, study aids and much more. Griffin + Bell have been an invaluable point of contact throughout the 11+ process for us. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to any parent overseas considering tuition for their children.”
— Mother, Colombo, Sri Lanka