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About School Compass

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Joe Pardoe

Founder, School Compass

Hello Parents,

I have been involved in education, in some form, my whole life. After achieving a First Class degree in International Politics and History, my initial experience in education was through the Japanese government's JET Programme. I taught in 40 schools scattered across a remote Japanese island chain, contributing to the development of an internationally-oriented curriculum.

My dedication to developing my expertise in education led me to the high-performing independent school sector in China before I honed my skills as a History teacher through the prestigious Teach First Programme in Hull. I earned my Masters in Education Leadership from the University of Manchester. Before helping to start a new school in East London.

As a school leader in a 4-18 school, I have had the privilege of overseeing the entire educational journey of children: from joining the school in Reception through to seeing them leave for University after sitting A Level exams! I have lead a subject department and taught at every phase.

I've had the privilege of training educators both in the UK and abroad. I have contributed to a number of education books and I have had the honour of providing evidence at the Education Select Committee. I have also been a consultant on a number of BBC Bitesize projects as well as marking A Level papers for an exam board. I also supported the opening of a brand new primary school and sit on the governing body overseeing the curriculum.

I look forward to sharing the knowledge I have developed over my career to help you navigate the school system.

My Philosophy

I want you to empower you with the information you need to make the right decisions for you and your family - whether that is choosing a school, dealing with an issue or helping your child manage the pressures of exams.

I want to give you the most up-to-date education research, summaries of complex information and tools to help you structure your thinking and conversations with your family.

I will not be 'pushing' any particular approach, nor will I only give you one-side of the story. I will give you things to consider and factual information to give you the confidence to make your own decisions - not being swayed by your parent Whatsapp groups! 

I will help you understand the pros and cons of any decisions you make (there will always be pros and cons - in education, there is no easy answer!)

I do this through 1:1 consultancy, groups courses, resources and through my members groups. I look forward to having you join our community of parents who are taking control of their child's edcuation.

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