Keystone has built its reputation on providing supplementary tutoring: filling in gaps in a child’s education. Using excellent tutors teaching one-on-one, Keystone can provide full time private tuition to support students effectively and efficiently, often teaching years of curriculum content in a few months.
What We Offer for Homeschooling
Our homeschooling programmes are available at the student's home (if based in Central London) or online. Our full time private tuition is used by families whose children:
- are facing challenges at school;
- have special educational needs that their school can't meet;
- travel regularly so can’t commit to traditional schooling; or
- are involved in sporting commitments which take up a lot of time.
These are just some of the common examples but Keystone is able to provide help in the majority of other situations.
Keystone’s Homeschooling programme can support children in the primary years up to A Levels. Starting with an initial consultation, to find how best we can help, we put together a timetable based entirely on the student’s requirements, finding tutors with significant experience to help in each of the required subjects. Following this, we offer weekly meetings with the students, half-termly reports and termly parents meetings to ensure that your student is making the progress required to reach their goals. Our homeschooling is typically arranged around normal school terms so the students get half-terms and holidays in line with schools but this can be adjusted depending on the requirements of each individual family.
The Keystone Approach:
- Consultation between Keystone and family. This can be done over the phone or we can arrange a home-visit if you live within Zones 1 and 2 of London.
- Keystone summarises the meeting with action points and creates a timetable for the child or children.
- Keystone carries out necessary clerical work to source and introduce the appropriate tutors into the homeschooling programme.
- Keystone oversees the homeschooling programme providing the family with regular, detailed reports.
"Homeschooling provides an opportunity to fill gaps in skills and knowledge more quickly and precisely than is often possible in a conventional school setting. From my experience, the circumstances leading to a decision to embark on homeschooling are varied, but I have consistently found that the process can build up confidence in a meaningful way. I have worked with many homeschooling students where the opportunity to engage with Keystone’s homeschooling provision has enabled them to go on to perform successfully in exams, in their next schools, universities or careers."
Tom - Keystone Professional Tutor
Whilst your child is being homeschooled we appreciate the need to keep track of your child’s progress not only for your own information but also as a resource for any future schools or colleges that your child will go on to attend. Keystone Tutors tracks home-schooled students progress in a number of ways.
Each student has a weekly meeting with Poppy, Keystone’s Homeschooling Manager. This is done online and is around 15 minutes each week. It gives the student a chance to feedback on how their week has gone, how they are finding their lessons and to raise any issues or queries they may have. The idea behind this is to offer some form of pastoral support, as well as Poppy acting as a Director of Studies type figure. It builds up a rapport as well as ensuring your child meets someone other than their tutors each week.
Reports and Assessments
Written reports are emailed out each half term. Each tutor writes one, detailing what has been covered that term, how the student is doing and how they have been assessed. These are very useful for parents and guardians and can also be sent to future schools that ask for school reports. Students will be assessed formally at the end of each term, as well as regular informal tests to track the progress.
At the end of each term, we offer parents meetings – a chance for you as parents or guardians to have a 15-minute conversation with each tutor, where they can recap the term's achievements and what has been covered. It is a good opportunity to get to know the tutors and to raise any questions. These typically are done online unless lessons are taking place face-to-face.
Benefits of Homeschooling
Homeschooling can be a hugely beneficial step for many students. Students come to us as they are out of school for a variety of reasons, a few examples being; health-related, unhappiness at current school, logistical reasons, extra-curricular activities that involve a lot of contact time or waiting for a school place.
A few of the benefits that homeschooling can provide:
- A chance to have 1:1 support which allows the child to excel in their chosen subjects as the lessons can go at their own pace.
- A chance to refresh: some students need some time out from traditional schooling for example if they are recovering from an illness or some time out from formal education. Homeschooling gives them some room to breathe and catch up on their studies.
- A chance to specialise and focus on the subjects that are of particular interest to the student.
- A chance to explore activities and interests outside of school work and to give the appropriate amount of time for these.