For the most part, families who know their place in this world have no difficulty in deciding their route to the top educational establishments. Generally in the grand scheme of things, there wil be a scattering of top army brass, an MP or two and one or two very popular minor aristos to keep the name circling high. These fmilies have for generation after generation educated their children at one of a select few pre prep schools, before little Mini Me goes up to the next stage of prep and finally the biggie – Eton or Harrow. The long term view is that you only get the best if you pay for the best. A consultant can help many families who are not exactly in that upper league. They have a nose on every angle of education in this country and can suggest alternative routes that can achieve the same but cost far less.