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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.
Could Your Child's Teachers Be

Could Your Child's Teachers Be Struggling?

With the new academic year now well underway, children across England will be getting used to a revamped national curriculum, which the government has described as "rigorous, engaging and tough".
09/10/2014 21:11 BST
How Should We Judge the Success of a

How Should We Judge the Success of a School?

Families will always seek out information, and many will undertake detailed research, when they are choosing a school for their child. An inspection report or league table may help, but most parents recognise that they can only ever provide a snapshot of the education on offer.
02/09/2014 15:51 BST
How Does Social Media Fit With

How Does Social Media Fit With Education?

Social media sites are also a great way for schools to share success stories such as outstanding GCSE results, awards evenings and photos from school trips... But the question is, how does a school really get the essence of its ethos and often centuries of heritage over in just 140 characters?
31/07/2014 16:20 BST
What Has Your Child Learned at

What Has Your Child Learned at School?

For many students across the UK, the start of a new year marks the height of mock GCSE season. This is an important time for young people. Their mock exam results are designed to give them some indication of how much they have learned in school and whether they are likely to achieve their predicted grades in the summer...
20/01/2014 11:39 GMT
What Role Do Schools Have in Developing a Child's

What Role Do Schools Have in Developing a Child's Character?

Did any of you see the flurry of news stories following a recent survey of parents, in which 87% indicated that they thought schools should focus on building a child's character and not on their academic ability alone? The results of the survey certainly made interesting reading. But they also got me thinking about what it is that schools can do to build character in their pupils.
12/11/2013 14:24 GMT
How Often Do You Hear From Your Child's

How Often Do You Hear From Your Child's School?

Last week a colleague of mine went to India for a week on business. While he was away, he was able to find out whether his son had turned up to all his lessons, what homework had been set and whether he'd handed it in on time.
01/10/2013 12:22 BST
Will GCSE Results Be Going Straight to Your Child's

Will GCSE Results Be Going Straight to Your Child's Pocket?

Results day can be a nerve-wracking experience for many young people. Traditionally, they 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.
19/08/2013 16:03 BST
Are the School Holidays Too

Are the School Holidays Too Long?

Summer learning loss is a well-known phenomenon in many schools. So much so that from 2015, the government is planning to introduce measures to give every state school the power to set their own term times - a freedom currently available to free schools and academies. The change could see a four week summer holiday introduced in many schools, with a longer gap between other terms.
13/08/2013 13:07 BST
Moving With the

Moving With the Times

As the ISC survey demonstrates, independent schools are evolving to meet the demands of a changing society but the most successful schools are those that put children and their families at the heart of decision making.
23/05/2013 12:12 BST
Survey Confirms Healthy Appetite for Private Schooling Despite

Survey Confirms Healthy Appetite for Private Schooling Despite Recession

Like any successful business, independent schools need to understand and deliver what their customers - fee-paying parents - want in order to stay ahead in the education marketplace. The survey results appear to substantiate that with advanced strategic planning many schools are successfully achieving this.
16/05/2013 15:20 BST
Why Are Some Independent Schools Bucking the

Why Are Some Independent Schools Bucking the Recession?

It would be easy to assume that as the recession continues to bite and households tighten their belts, the independent school sector might be suffering. However, there are many independent schools that are not only keeping their heads above water, they are positively thriving.
21/03/2013 15:27 GMT
Independent School Selection - The Elephant in the

Independent School Selection - The Elephant in the Room?

The stormy economic outlook is continuing to bring uncertainty to many households. Big decisions such as whether to send your child to a private school, for example, are not quite as easy to make for many families as they were in more stable financial times.
14/02/2013 11:45 GMT
Imagine a World Without Parents'

Imagine a World Without Parents' Evenings

Now that the nights are drawing in, children in schools across the country will soon be clutching slips of paper and making appointments with their teachers in preparation for what may well be the first official parents' evening of the new academic year.
05/11/2012 13:11 GMT
Are You Half Way to Sporting Greatness if You're Privately

Are You Half Way to Sporting Greatness if You're Privately Educated?

In the wake of London's Olympic Games, debate was raging in the media and through online social network channels about figures published by the Sutton Trust, which revealed that over half of Team GB's winning rowers went to fee-paying schools and our athletes were five times more likely to win medals if they were educated in an independent school.
06/09/2012 14:44 BST
Summer Break? What Summer

Summer Break? What Summer Break?

Now that the school summer holidays are well underway, you might expect school halls and corridors across the country to lie empty as the buzz of exam season dies down and children enjoy a break from the books.
16/08/2012 20:14 BST
Exam Results Day - But Not as We Know

Exam Results Day - But Not as We Know It

In just a few weeks time, a mix of excitement and perhaps a little anxiety will be palpable in homes across the country as GCSE and A Level results envelopes begin landing on doormats and families find out how their children have done in their exams.
09/07/2012 17:30 BST