We bring you an exclusive interview with the director of Quintessentially Education, Oliver Joyce.
Quintessentially education with dedicated and very highly classified professionals, offers the best possible academic start for your children. They will guide and help you, so you can reach the best decisions.
Oliver Joyce is responsible figure Quintessentially Education – an organization that reliably provides the best solutions for the education of your children.
What he told us about the fundamental philosophy Quintessentially education and education in developing countries, read in follow-up interview.
W: In order to represent you and your work to our readers, can you begin with introducing yourself and introducing Quintessentially Education?
My name’s Oliver Joyce and I’m Director of New Business at the Quintessentially Group. Quintessentially Education is an educational consultancy business helping source the best tutors and helping children attain places in the best schools and universities around the world.
W: Is there a basic philosophy of Quintessentially Education and, if so, can you tell us about it?
The philosophy is to find an education for a child that meets their abilities, their aspirations and the aspirations of the parents. These things aren’t always the same thing so it’s sometimes easier said than done!
W: Who are educational consultants and how they help and promote successful learning and education in general?
Educational consultants all have different stories and strengths but all have a strong academic record and comprehensive understanding of the area of education which they work in. They help by being experienced – having seen what works best in the past helps them identify what will work best for our new clients. They will spot strengths and foresee problems that the untrained eye simply wouldn’t detect.
W: Where and with which schools and universities do you collaborate? Whom are you planning to include in the future to the educational institutions of Quintessentially program?
We work with a wide range of schools and universities but we actually approach the industry from the opposite position. We start with the child and from assessing them we develop a long list of potential schools. Then starts the process of discussing the schools with the parents, explaining the schools to the child, conducting tours of the schools and introducing the child and parents to key members of staff at the schools. From there, we whittle that list down to just a few options.
The most famous schools in the world are often mentioned by parents in their first meeting with us. But more times than not, there are misconceptions held about these schools and the parents often realise that these schools won’t necessarily suit their child and they end up choosing somewhere else.
We once had a parent who wanted to send their daughter to Eton College because they had heard it was the best school in the UK. They were very surprised to learn it was a boys only school!
W: What do you think about education in the developed world, the West, and about education in some less developed countries? What is your view on education in Croatia?
The best education is not always to be found in developed countries and developing countries sometimes offer very high standards of education. Quality education is usually based on the esteem with which it has been held over the years and often centuries.
The education system of Croatia is not well known in the UK currently but from what I have read, significant investments are being made and with time and good strategy, I have no doubt Croatia can climb the ranks of quality in global education.
W: How do you achieve the trust of parents and children about the best decision of education, through your advice?
Trust is earned. The parent must have faith that the expert they are speaking to is an authority on what they are advising. It’s not just their qualifications and experience (although these play a huge role) but also their willingness to listen and adapt their advice to each child. A consultant who dictates to parents and their children has failed to provide good advice.
W: What about the children who have special needs. Do you have a special programs for them?
Providing quality education for children with special needs is a huge growth area. Historically, children with special needs were ignored or simply assumed not to be bright. More recently, the children were segregated and not permitted to be as ambitious as their peers. Now, the focus is very much on children with special needs being provided the right environs to fullfil their potential. As a education consultant, there’s a huge amount of assitance that can be provided here as each child has specific requirements.
W: Tell us a little bit about the guardianship. What are the requirements that a person should fulfill in order to become a guardian?
Guardians play a variety of roles but most often, they act in some parental capacities for children living away from home. At the very beginning they undergo very basic checks (such as attaining a criminal records bureau certficate) and an assessment of their experience. But critically, it’s very much about finding a guaridan with whom the child feels comfortable and can be supported by. It’s more of an art than a science.
W: Has work in Quintessentially affected you and what has changed in your life?
It has taught me a lot! An education in itself!
W: In your opinion which are the Top 3 books you’ve read so far, and what would you recommend to young people?
The best novel i’ve read is Day of the Jackal by Fredrick Forsyth. The best history book is A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes. The best autobiography is between Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson and Dear Me by Peter Ustinov.
I would reccommend to a child to read only things you enjoy. You don’t need to read classic texts early in life. If you try and read something difficult too early, it could put you off reading for life. Better a child loves reading and reads great texts later in their life than reads nothing at all.
W: As a conclusion to the interview, can You share with us Your life motto?
I don’t have a life motto per se but I love Carl Sagan’s view of the world. He once said “somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known“ which really strikes a chord.