Independent
Schools
Show
2019
9-10 November
Battersea Evolution
Independent Schools Show
The show helps thousands of families
Over 240 leading schools
Advice from education's
brightest thinkers
Plan the next steps for your child
Meet the leading schools
Meet the most respected heads
Make the right decisions for your child
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The Independent Schools Show helps thousands of families each year to plan the next steps for their children.

The show brings together the leading schools, the brightest thinkers and the most respected heads to help you make the right decisions for your child.

 

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Videos

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13:29
Can fee assistance make independent education affordable?

Can fee assistance make independent education affordable?

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Susan Hamlyn, Director of The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants, tackles the issues of affordability and value in the fee-paying school sector and how to access the considerable financial assistance that is available.
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3:18
What makes a truly great school?

What makes a truly great school?

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Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, gives visitors his views on selecting schools, raising happy children and managing modern day pressures.
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13:04
League tables - do they really matter?

League tables - do they really matter?

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Ralph Lucas, Good Schools Guide and Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times schools' guide, Parent Power, discuss how to choose a school and how to interpret league tables when choosing your childs' school.
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18:19
Why do parents in the know choose boarding school?

Why do parents in the know choose boarding school?

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Dr Niall Hamilton, Admissions Tutor, Marlborough College and Arabella Stuart, Admissions Director, Sevenoaks School talk about a boarding education, the 24/7 learning environment and the reasons for considering this type of education.
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17:21
Do independent schools prepare your children for the commercial world?

Do independent schools prepare your children for the commercial world?

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James Palumbo, Baron Palumbo of Southwark, and Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, Headmaster of Stowe School discuss education in the context of the challenges and the opportunities brought by globalisation, competition and AI.
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11:32
Are independent schools being outpaced by social and technological change?

Are independent schools being outpaced by social and technological change?

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Julian Thomas, Master of Wellington College, opened the 2018 Show speaking about how ideas of the 'future of education' have evolved from 1980 to the present. Thomas argues that independent learning is everything.
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13:02
Helping summer-born children reach their fullest potential

Helping summer-born children reach their fullest potential

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Stephen Hammond, MP, Sarah Seagrave, Headmistress of Eaton House The Manor School, and Annabel Heseltine, Editor of School House Magazine, discuss why 20% fewer 'summer-born' babies go onto university and ask why September is the marker for starting school.
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11:47
Is there a right way to push your child?

Is there a right way to push your child?

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Eve Jardine-Young, Principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College and Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn, Headmaster of the Dragon School, discuss the pros and cons for education of different parenting styles.
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8:58
What to do if it doesn't all go to plan

What to do if it doesn't all go to plan

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Simon O'Malley, Headmaster of Thomas's Battersea, and Emily Turner, co-founder of angels&urchins, talk about the importance of matching your 'plan' to your child's abilities and happiness and finding a positive way forward when things aren't quite right.

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10:24
Is single-sex schooling still relevant?

Is single-sex schooling still relevant?

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The relative merits of co-ed and single sex schools is one of the most debated subjects in education. Our experts will guide you through the key issues to help you decide what's best for your child. Sian Griffiths, Education Editor, The Sunday Times Marina Gardiner Legge, Headmistress, Heathfield School is a force to be reckoned with and is committed to creating stron...
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12:23
Special Educational Needs (SEN): getting your child assessed, and getting the right school​

Special Educational Needs (SEN): getting your child assessed, and getting the right school​

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Dyslexia, dsypraxia, dyscalculia, attention deficit and executive dysfunction are just some of the neurobiological conditions being diagnosed in our children today: Without diagnosis and appropriate treatment of special educational needs they cannot improve. Our panel discusses what that means and what parents can do to help and support their children. Dr. Josephine S...
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13:37
Independent and state curricula: are they really that different?

Independent and state curricula: are they really that different?

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What's the point in paying for the same curriculum that state schools provide for free? Many parents carefully consider the opportunities that their child will enjoy at an independent school, and pay handsomely for them. But when it comes down to it, are the lessons taught and information transferred really that different, especially when universities expect privately...
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10:26
School Fees: Planning your finances

School Fees: Planning your finances

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Independent education represents a significant financial outlay. This session gives you insight into the help that might be available and tips for managing what can be a 14-year commitment. John and Paul, St James's Place Wealth Management, are specialists in helping families plan for and manage their children’s education costs. With over 30 years of joint experience...
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12:00
Does independent education make you more employable?

Does independent education make you more employable?

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Children from independent schools have been given every opportunity to fulfil their potential and succeed in life, but does this make them better job candidates and perform better throughout their careers? Adam Pettitt , Head of Highgate since 2006, was educated in state schools in Sussex and read Modern Languages at Oxford; he is married to Barbara, also a French tea...
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13:26
Can fee assistance make independent education affordable?

Can fee assistance make independent education affordable?

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Tailor-made to confuse: can bursaries and scholarships really bring independent schooling within reach? With rising school fees, scholarships and bursaries provide a lifeline for many parents. But with each school having its own requirements the choices can be confusing. Our experts will unravel the options. Professor Mark Bailey became High Master of St Paul’s School...
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11:52
Where's the value in league tables?

Where's the value in league tables?

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Do they give parents a false sense of security about their child's future success? What is the real value of league table rankings? What impact does attending a highly ranked school have on your child's chances at future success? Eton, St Paul's and more recently Wellington College have decided not to submit exam results for national rankings, so are league tables on...
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13:02
The future of education

The future of education

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With no one sure what the workplace of the future holds, our panel discuss the advantages that different approaches to education could confer. What will be the impact on traditional subjects such as modern languages and maths? Professor Hugo de Burgh, founder of the first Anglo Chinese prep school launching in September, started his academic life in teaching History a...
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13:21
Nursery, pre-prep & prep explained

Nursery, pre-prep & prep explained

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From toys to timetables - get insight into the transition from nursery to school: Transitions can be tough and it is equally difficult to decide on which route, school and strategy is right for you and your family. Registrations on the day of birth and other short stories! Susan Hanage is the founder of NappyValleyNet (NVN), an online SW London mums’ community. Launch...
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13:20
Helping summer born children reach their potential

Helping summer born children reach their potential

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With a quarter of children each year classed as summer-born, what support do independent schools have in place to ensure they reach their full potential? Annabel Heseltine is a journalist and TV and radio broadcaster who has worked in the media for over thirty years. For the past nine years she has edited education magazines and has been editor of School House Magazin...
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10:17
The right school for who? A guide to planning wisely

The right school for who? A guide to planning wisely

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Every child is different so there's no one-size fits all answer when it comes to selecting the right school: However, choosing a school doesn't need to be a headache and this talk will help steer you on how to make the right decision. Lucy Williams, Head Researcher of Tatler's Schools Guide and Director of Tatler Schools Live Lucy joined Tatler’s Schools Guide team in...
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15:20
The challenges of modern parenting and how to manage them

The challenges of modern parenting and how to manage them

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The challenges facing modern parents are myriad; from separation anxiety to reconciling technology with a happy and carefree childhood. Our panel of working mothers discuss these issues and how they are choosing to handle them. Tamara Ecclestone, a businesswoman and devoted mother, has revealed her new business venture Fifi & Friends: the parenting content site and ba...
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9:55
How does school choice reflect on parents?

How does school choice reflect on parents?

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Does a good parent choose a school for their child, but a bad parent choose a school for themselves? No parent actively chooses the wrong school for their child, but with the dizzying array on offer; how can you avoid the pitfalls of selecting a school that suits you more than your child? Sir Anthony Seldon is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educatio...
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13:20
Choosing a prep school

Choosing a prep school

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How important is the prep or primary school environment, and how does it affect your child's chances of future success? Do selective schools set your child on the right academic path from the outset, or do the non-selective alternatives give your child more chance to enjoy their childhood? Mark is Headmaster of Forres Sandle Manor School (FSM), a thriving pre-prep and...
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10:28
How the senior school admissions process works

How the senior school admissions process works

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Are pressurised prep schools and tutoring the only ways to succeed? Understanding how to navigate the 11+ and 13+ systems is a minefield for many. This talk will provide you with the complete picture on how to navigate the world's most competitive and complicated system. Mrs Alison Fleming has been Headmistress at Newton Prep since September 2013. Educated at grammar...
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10:56
Do independent schools foster sporting greatness?

Do independent schools foster sporting greatness?

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What is a successful sports programme? Breadth and depth with opportunity or winning? 7% of the UK population are in independent education, yet a significant proportion of British olympians, rugby premiership players and others are independently educated. So do independent schools nurture and develop this, or would these people become elite sportsmen and women whateve...
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10:19
The challenges of modern parenting and how to manage them

The challenges of modern parenting and how to manage them

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The challenges facing modern parents are myriad; from separation anxiety to reconciling technology with a happy and carefree childhood. Our panel of working mothers discuss these issues and how they are choosing to handle them. Jessica Diner has been a journalist and beauty editor for over ten years writing for publications such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Sunday Times St...
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10:58
How hard is too hard to push your child?

How hard is too hard to push your child?

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Every parent wants their child to succeed, but in this world of fevered exam pressure more children than ever are experiencing mental health issues. This talk helps parents to understand their children and how they can offer tailored support to help them get the best out of their school careers. Julia Harrington is Headmistress of Queen Anne’s School in Berkshire. An...
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9:21
Is fee assistance really making independent education accessible?

Is fee assistance really making independent education accessible?

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What fee assistance is out there and how do you find it? This session explains who is eligible to apply for a scholarship or a bursary and how schools are widening the net further. David Goodhew, Head, Latymer Upper School was born in West London, and attended a local comprehensive school before going to Oxford to read Classics. He taught Classics at Bancroft’s School...
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11:31
When is the right time to board?

When is the right time to board?

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Your child can start their boarding adventure at a range of ages. We’ll talk you through the different considerations pertinent at each potential entry point. Make sure that your child is ready to enjoy the next stage of their school life to the full. Tom Rogerson, Headmaster, Cottesmore School Emily Turner, parent of boarders and co-editor, angels & urchins
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11:30
Improve your US university strategy

Improve your US university strategy

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Outlining all of the ingredients and factors that US universities will be looking for in your child. This talk will clearly detail how to maxmise your child's chances of getting into the US university of their choice. Dr Jon Tabbert A native of Chicago, Illinois, Jon acquired his expertise in US admissions in his studies for a Bachelor’s degree from Bradley University...
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11:30
Ban homework to help children do their best?

Ban homework to help children do their best?

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Is banning homework the best way to help children achieve optimum academic performance? With the 'right' amount of homework a subject of intense debate, and academic excellence ever more important for future success what role does homework play and what approaches are independent schools and tutors taking to get the balance right? Mrs Alice Phillips was educated at Ke...
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12:28
Is modern technology a help or a hindrance to education?

Is modern technology a help or a hindrance to education?

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Does modern technology give our children access to learning like never before, or is it a distraction that we need to guard against? How can we make sure that we help our children to benefit from today's information overload without suffering from the well-publicised pitfalls? Sarah Thomas read classics at Hertford College, Oxford, took her PGCE at King's, London, and...
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11:01
Is a well-rounded education still useful?

Is a well-rounded education still useful?

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The world of work is moving on apace, so much so that it is difficult to know what sort of roles the pupils in school today may fill. How can an independent education equip your child to successfully take on anything that the world of work has in store, from portfolio careers, to retraining for a number of specialist roles over their working lifetime? Dr Joe Spence ha...
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13:16
What really matters when applying to a UK university

What really matters when applying to a UK university

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When should you start to plan for your son or daughter’s application to university and what matters most? Our experts address these questions as well as discussing what makes an outstanding personal statement, the new frontier of admissions testing and how to prepare for interview. James Higgins is a qualified teacher and former Head of Spanish and Head of Y10 and 11...
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10:32
Does failure help children succeed?

Does failure help children succeed?

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How important is it for our children to develop and thrive through failure? With many schools offering formal character development, and an emphasis on 'bouncing back from adversity' in the recently published all-party Character and Resilience Manifesto our experts discuss the role that failure can play in helping children to ultimately succeed. Theodore Dalrymple is...

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How to Value a Private Education

How to Value a Private Education

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Patrick Derham (Head Master at Westminster School) and Adam Pettitt (Head of Highgate School) enter conversation about how students can make the most of their education, chaired by Charles Bonas (Bonas MacFarlane).
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26:47
How to Improve your Chances of Success

How to Improve your Chances of Success

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William Petty (Director of Bonas MacFarlane Education) and Lucy Elphinstone (Headmistress of Francis Holland School) discuss what parents can do, or not do, to help improve a students chance at success.
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24:40
How to Choose the Right School for your Child

How to Choose the Right School for your Child

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Barnaby Lenon (Chairman of the Independent Schools Council) offers insight into how parents should choose the right school for their child.
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22:30
How to Access Independent Schools, Breaking Down the Financial Barriers to Entry

How to Access Independent Schools, Breaking Down the Financial Barriers to Entry

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Professor Mark Bailey (High Master of St. Paul's School) delivers an encouraging talk on the various ways Independent Schools can be accessed.
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17:32
How to Stand Out from the Crowd, Improving your University and Career Strategy

How to Stand Out from the Crowd, Improving your University and Career Strategy

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Julie Gottlieb (Career Development Manager of Berwin Leighton Paisner), Daniel De Witt (Managing Director of Nemecek Bonas MacFarlane) and Ralph Lucas (Editor-in-Chief of the Good Schools Guide) enter into discussion about University admissions and how a good application can help you stand out. They touch upon both UK and US universities.
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22:00
Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness

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Sir Antony Seldon (Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham) advises parents on what they can do to ensure their child's happiness through their choice of school.
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24:52
How to Decide if Boarding is the Right Option

How to Decide if Boarding is the Right Option

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Mike Buchanan (Head of Ashford School), Sid Inglis (Headmaster of Elstree School) and Marina Gardiner Legge (Headmistress of Heathfield School) help parents to decide whether boarding could be the right option for their children.
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26:49
How to Access Scholarships and Bursaries

How to Access Scholarships and Bursaries

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Susan Hamlyn (Director of the Good Schools Guide Education Consultants) and Ben Nicholls (Director of Social Responsibility at Charterhouse) offer guidance on what to look for when considering scholarships and bursaries.
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26:54
How to Decipher the Great Co-Ed Debate

How to Decipher the Great Co-Ed Debate

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Sarah Thomas (Head of Bryanston) and Elizabeth Hewer (Headmistress of St. George's, Ascot) use their experience to give insight into single-sex and co-education.
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35:31
Your changing child... providing support, learning to cope and nurturing achievement

Your changing child... providing support, learning to cope and nurturing achievement

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Dr Sarah Wynick (Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Tavistock Clinic) and Laverne Antrobus (Child and Educational Psychologist, Tavistock Clinic) discuss the importance of recognising the pressures that your child faces and how to relieve this stress.
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16:34
How to Combine State and Independent Education

How to Combine State and Independent Education

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Ralph Lucas (Editor-in-Chief at the Good Schools Guide) and Keith Budge (Headmaster of Bedales School) offer advice on how to combine Independent and State education if parents are considering both.
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35:22
How to Decipher Senior School Entrance

How to Decipher Senior School Entrance

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Ben Thomas (Headmaster of Thomas's Battersea) looks at the different school entry points (7/8/11/13+) and what to expect from each entrance assessment.
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24:32
How to Begin - Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep Explained

How to Begin - Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep Explained

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Sebastian Hepher (Headmaster, Eaton Square School) and Kay King (Principle at Young England Kindergarten) discuss the complex entry points in British schooling.

  Saturday 9 November 2019 10:00-17:00
Sunday 10 November 2019 10:30-16:30

  Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park,  London, SW8 4NW