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Julie Booth

Head of independent schools at SIMS Independent

Julie Booth is the head of independent schools at SIMS Independent, a leading supplier of management information systems to the independent education sector.

Julie works closely with a broad range of fee-paying schools for pupils of all ages, including British schools abroad. She understands the need for independent schools to respond to the changing education landscape and the challenges they face in meeting the increasingly high expectations of parents who choose to invest in their child’s schooling.
What Motivates Your Child To

What Motivates Your Child To Succeed?

While some of us will still be waving our sons or daughters off to school each day as keen and eager as they were on the first day of term, it takes a strong partnership between parent and school to keep a child focussed on their schoolwork throughout the academic year.
25/11/2016 13:41 GMT
What To Look For In A Good

What To Look For In A Good School

But you need to look beyond the spit and polish of the open day to find the right school for your child. Here are some key things to think about when selecting the first choice school for your child:
19/10/2016 11:01 BST
Get The New School Year Off To A Flying

Get The New School Year Off To A Flying Start

As parents, many of us have ticked the usual tasks off the to-do list that signify the start of a new academic year - shopping for uniform and shoes, helping your child to choose a new school bag and making sure they have everything they need in their pencil case.
16/09/2016 15:46 BST
Top Tips For Parents For Stress-Free Exam

Top Tips For Parents For Stress-Free Exam Results

Results day can be a nerve-wracking experience for many young people, many of whom will queue up at school and face an anxious wait to find out how they've done in their exams before they can think about the next stage in their education.
23/08/2016 13:30 BST
Could Your Child have Olympic

Could Your Child have Olympic potential?

For most, lifting a medal from the Olympic podium is the stuff that dreams are made of. But many of the athletes heading for the games started their journey while they were still in school - whether it was a passion for swimming picked up in primary school, competing in an inter-school hockey tournament, or a win in the sports day relay race.
26/07/2016 12:07 BST
Exams: A Last Minute Survival Guide for

Exams: A Last Minute Survival Guide for Parents

The good news is that if your child is feeling the pressure, there's still plenty that can be done to help them stay in control, even as they head into the exam hall. Here are some ideas for parents to help their child (and themselves) get through what can, for some, be the challenge of exam time.
05/05/2016 11:50 BST
Five Ways to Help Children Shine in a Changing

Five Ways to Help Children Shine in a Changing World

This trend is likely to prompt a shift in emphasis away from the traditional curriculum vitae (CV), with employers focusing far less on where you studied, and much more on what you did while you were there. And many schools are already in a great position to be able to respond to this.
24/11/2015 16:18 GMT
Back to School: Treading a New Path in

Back to School: Treading a New Path in Education

As children returned to lessons this September in their brand new uniforms and shiny shoes, full of excitement and anticipation, many were unaware of the work their schools have been doing in preparation for the new academic year.
22/09/2015 10:50 BST
Target Grades - What Are They and Why Are They So

Target Grades - What Are They and Why Are They So Important?

Setting and achieving targets is an intrinsic part of life and this is often replicated in the way schools monitor their pupils' learning. But do parents get enough information about where their child is in relation to their expected achievement?
28/08/2015 12:49 BST
How Is Your Child Spending the Summer

How Is Your Child Spending the Summer Holidays?

Every child is unique. One might thrive on a mix and match of summer learning clubs and structured activities, while another could benefit more from just kicking back and relaxing or enjoying some extra down time with family. The challenge for parents is to get the balance right.
05/08/2015 16:38 BST
Could Schools Be Doing More to Build Children's

Could Schools Be Doing More to Build Children's Character?

Giving children the opportunity to develop abilities such as understanding how their behaviour affects others, learning from their mistakes and trying out new activities would all be considered an important part of character education.
23/04/2015 10:48 BST
The Digital Revolution Is in Safe Hands as Schools Take Technology by

The Digital Revolution Is in Safe Hands as Schools Take Technology by Storm

These changes look set to turn traditional teaching methods on their head, as in many ICT classrooms, there are likely to be students who know more than their teacher about the subject. The upshot of this could be a move to a more collaborative style of teaching, where rather than instructing, teachers seek to bring out creativity and invention in their students.
25/03/2015 15:58 GMT