Category Archives: Feedback

Education planning – a starting point

One of the main challenges facing a family when moving home is understanding the educational journey that they are embarking on.

A move is not just a professional relocation, but, more importantly for children, an academic journey that will dictate future choices and options.

Before a family commits to a school or college in a new country, time should be taken to consider both what the future holds and what the past has given them.

This could include what a student wants to do when they leave school, what curriculum they have studying, how they have responded to academic environments in the past, as well as the length of time of the assignment and how that will impact on future choices.

This might not just be an academic consideration but how a school can meet a student’s co-curricular interests, support a special educational need or how they offer pastoral care to ensure that a child settles well.

Every single school handles children differently and parents can only make a judgement on which would be best by fully understanding the journey that the family are taking.

Dean Associates is a leading international education consultant that can provide a unique insight into this journey. Over the last 30 years we have helped over 12,000 families successfully secure schooling and education solutions.

Lovely client feedback

Some wonderful feedback from a client who moved from the US to London

Both girls had really good years last year and this year is off to a great start too. I wanted to thank you again for your all of your help with finding a school for them. The school seems to be a really good fit and they are both thriving. Teagan is thrilled she is a Prefict, in Chamber Choir and starting cello lessons. She also loves all the new sports she’s been introduced to here – taking fencing lessons, went to cricket camp this summer, just to name a few. Rylan is a Librarian, taking violin and singing lessons, has made huge improvements in swimming and just started fencing as well.

So, thank you! If the girls were not happy in school, then this move would be really hard. Thanks to you, they are happy and I am happy! Actually, the only one that’s not a fan of our move seems to be the dog.

Aptitude testing

State secondary schools applications close on the 31st October 2019 for September 2020 onwards.

Many schools – especially academies and free schools – allow some pupils entrance based on aptitude, often in the arts or music – accompanied by a reference from their current school.

There does seem to be some leeway here for schools to cherry-pick students in a non-transparent way – based on subjective artistic judgement and a confidential report in to a student’s abilities.

Client feedback

Very kind feedback from an Australian client who has moved to Manchester.

The girls started at school today. 
I can not thank you enough for all your help, work and guidance with schooling for the girls. We are super excited (along with a lot of nerves this morning) to start at the school. I am immensely grateful to have had your help through this process.