William Petty Director of Tuition at Bonas MacFarlane Education and Lucy Elphinstone, Headmistress of Francis Holland School Sloane Square, examine what role tutoring can play and how to identify what's right for your child.

Tutoring can be a great tool if used in the right way to help a child strengthen their weak points or help with exam technique. It is recognising the time when this would be the case rather than trying to make a child get into a school or a university where they are not suited and therefore likely to be miserable. It is important to recognise the difference and to help your child in any way possible to get into the right school or university for them. This talk will illustrate this important difference.

Lucy Elphinstone

Mrs Lucy Elphinstone, who started as Headmistress of Francis Holland School Sloane Square, in September 2012, is an English graduate of Newnham College, Cambridge, and was previously Head of Sixth Form at Downe House School. Prior to a career in teaching, she worked in publishing, property development and hospitality. As a ghost-writer, she has published six books. Her vision is to prepare young women for the challenges of the workplace in the coming decade by creating an environment which develops skills and character. Flexibility, creativity, enterprise, resilience, optimism and courage are the qualities she believes young women need to succeed in a rapidly changing technological world.  Amongst many initiatives, she has brought in the Extended Project Qualification, Young Enterprise, Mindfulness, Exploration Society and Place2Be, a programme of early intervention in children’s mental health.

William Petty

William became Director of Tuition at Bonas MacFarlane Education in 2009 and has since become a co-director of the entire company. In the last five years he has overseen the recruitment and training of over 500 of London's most sought-after tutors utilising his own experiences along the way. The children who have benefited from this tuition have gone on to the UK's leading schools including Eton, Harrow, Westminster and St. Paul's, some winning scholarships in the process.

In his role as an Educational Consultant William has advised countless families from around the globe on gaining places at leading Independent Schools in the UK. He enjoys very close ties with Harrow School and has specialised in placing children in boarding schools and academically selective London day schools. He has been featured in publications including The Times, The Economist and Tatler and has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. His expertise have been called upon by many companies including Coutts and Sothebys. William feels passionately about independent education and looks forward to many more years working in and around the sector.