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Choosing a school for your child: Ivy Education's tips for 2021
Oct 08, 2021
Choosing a school for your child: Ivy Education's tips for 2021

In the past, our Expert Insights have explored a number of ideas around choosing a secondary school, school waiting list...

Back to school: how to tackle it your way
Sep 03, 2021
Back to school: how to tackle it your way

Over the next few weeks, students across the country will be heading back to school. Given that quite a lot has changed...

5 key considerations when applying to US universities
Jun 16, 2021
5 key considerations when applying to US universities

There are a number of key differences to bear in mind when applying to university in the US as opposed to the UK. We hav...

How Emotions Matter: how to develop emotional intelligence in your children, with Lulu Luckock
May 20, 2021
How Emotions Matter: how to develop emotional intelligence in your children, with Lulu Luckock

Lulu Luckock, our brilliant social and emotional learning consultant, has shared some wisdom on how to help children be ...

How To Create Readers for Life: Webinar with Angela
May 13, 2021
How To Create Readers for Life: Webinar with Angela

This week’s expert insight looks at the importance of early and regular reading for students, with a particular focus on...

International study in 2021 and beyond: what comes next?
Feb 04, 2021
International study in 2021 and beyond: what comes next?

With February being an otherwise quiet month for education - the school entrance process is wrapping up and end-of-year...

What the 2021 lockdown means for GCSE and A-Level students: Expert Insight with Camilla Smiley
Jan 06, 2021
What the 2021 lockdown means for GCSE and A-Level students: Expert Insight with Camilla Smiley

As England enters another national lockdown and with summer exams for GCSE and A-Level students cancelled, we thought it...

Should I enter a fifth choice? Advice for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine university applicants
Dec 04, 2020
Should I enter a fifth choice? Advice for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine university applicants

Continuing our recent theme of offering specific and timely university admissions advice - thanks to the input of our wo...

SEN and Extenuating Circumstances in University Applications
Nov 27, 2020
SEN and Extenuating Circumstances in University Applications

As more and more students will be putting together UCAS applications for university, we approached our brilliant univers...

UKiset- UK Independent Schools' Entry Test
Oct 12, 2020
UKiset- UK Independent Schools' Entry Test

The UKiset is an assessment international students take when applying to independent schools in the UK. This assessment ...

What is the ISEB Common Pre-Test?
Oct 09, 2020
What is the ISEB Common Pre-Test?

ISEB Common Pre-Tests As many schools shift to the ISEB Common Pre-test rather than the 11+ examination, we've put toge...

Entrance Exam Preparation – Dos and Dont's
Oct 05, 2020
Entrance Exam Preparation – Dos and Dont's

Entrance Exam Preparation – pitfalls and pointers As we enter entrance exam season for students applying for schools at ...

School Entrance Interview Preparation with Brodie Bibby
Sep 11, 2020
School Entrance Interview Preparation with Brodie Bibby

“Would you rather have a bath in jelly or in baked beans?” School entrance interview preparation with Brodie Bibby As a ...

Entrance Exam Specialist Teachers
Aug 24, 2020
Entrance Exam Specialist Teachers

How can parents and students keep up with the changing world of school entrance exams, especially at a time like this? H...

Featured Video Talking Exam Results with Camilla Smiley
Aug 03, 2020
Talking Exam Results with Camilla Smiley

What Can We Do Right Now That Will Make a Difference? We recently caught up with Camilla Smiley to talk about the implic...

Next Steps for your Next Schools, by Charlotte Faber
Jul 21, 2020
Next Steps for your Next Schools, by Charlotte Faber

As the school year approaches, our educational consultant Charlotte Faber, former headmistress of Garden House Upper Gir...

Education Advisors
Jun 01, 2020
Education Advisors

Meet our top Education Advisors Our education advisory team has over 100 years of combined education experience, rangin...

Gear up for success with the end of year school exams
May 21, 2020
Gear up for success with the end of year school exams

Despite current disruptions to the academic term, end-of-year school exams are fast approaching. In this latest blog we...

The Waiting Game: how to navigate independent school waiting lists
Feb 03, 2020
The Waiting Game: how to navigate independent school waiting lists

Over the next few months, independent schools will make decisions on their applicants at 7+, 8+ and 11+. One possibility...

Balancing the joy of Nativity with school work over Christmas
Dec 16, 2019
Balancing the joy of Nativity with school work over Christmas

In this blog, we discuss how to plan a study schedule for your child over Christmas, a vital consideration for students ...

Applying for university in the US? Read our guide to early applications!
Oct 24, 2019
Applying for university in the US? Read our guide to early applications!

For all the tribulations of the UCAS form (and we covered those in our last blog), at least you know where you stand in ...

A simple, step-by-step guide to UCAS applications
Oct 08, 2019
A simple, step-by-step guide to UCAS applications

The first UCAS deadline for 2020 university applications is fast approaching: 15 October for Oxbridge, medicine, dentist...

How to choose the right school for your child - finding the ‘right fit’
Oct 01, 2019
How to choose the right school for your child - finding the ‘right fit’

Following on from our webinar with Ivy’s school’s consultant, Sally Hobbs, our latest blog picks up on some of her insig...

Featured Video Choosing The Perfect School with former Head, Sally Hobbs
Sep 20, 2019
Choosing The Perfect School with former Head, Sally Hobbs

Choosing the right school for your child is a daunting prospect, a decision that seems laden with consequences for the f...

How to choose a nursery for your child
Sep 09, 2019
How to choose a nursery for your child

With a new school year starting, many young children will also be ready to start nursery. To help parents navigate the d...

How to make the most of the new school year
Aug 28, 2019
How to make the most of the new school year

In our latest blog, experienced tutor Oliver (himself a student for many years), explains how goal setting and prioritis...

Summer reading suggestions
Jul 29, 2019
Summer reading suggestions

Whether it be by the beach, on the plane, to while away long afternoons at home, or as a gap-filler between museums and ...

REMINDER - UCAS DEADLINE 2019 COUNTDOWN
Dec 21, 2018
REMINDER - UCAS DEADLINE 2019 COUNTDOWN

USEFUL READ – Ivy Education’s free guide to University Applications, Interviews and Settling In There is now less tha...

4 Tips on getting the most from Tuition and revision during Half Term
Oct 19, 2018
4 Tips on getting the most from Tuition and revision during Half Term

October Half Term. You made it this far. For many children (and teachers), this holiday period can feel like a much-need...

Advanced Reading Technique (ART)
Feb 27, 2012
Advanced Reading Technique (ART)

Ivy Education launched ART exclusively with a prep school in Knightsbridge. Emails, text books, studying, revising, webs...