31 October, 2018
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the first part of the National Curriculum for children aged 3-5, therefore covering both Nursery and Reception. During those years children will be assessed regularly in seven areas of learning: three ‘prime’ areas (Communication, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development) and a further four ‘specific’ areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design).
4 October, 2018
During this panel discussion we share our top tips on the 7+ and 8+. Keystone's Founder, Will Orr-Ewing is joined by Ed Richardson (our Director of Education) and Lucy Watts, who was formerly headmistress of Eaton House School. After 25 years at Eaton House, Lucy now helps place children in UK schools, advises on entrance exams, and undertakes 7+, 8+ and pre-test interviews.
30 September, 2018
In some areas of London some children as young are already embarking into the mad and unsettling world of 3+ assessments. Assessing for nursery entry has long been a feature of prominent Pre-schools in New York but has thankfully been more of rarity this side of the pond. Some schools use this assessment to select children for nursery classes, usually linked to sought after independent schools.
20 September, 2018
Reading history at Oxford and Cambridge Candidates who are applying for a place to read history at either Oxford or Cambridge, and who take the time to look at the papers that the two universities offer their undergraduates, soon realise that the two courses are practically identical.
11 September, 2018
During this parent event Keystone’s Founder, Will Orr-Ewing, and our Director of Education, Ed Richardson answer your questions and address all aspects of the 11+ entry process.
31 August, 2018
Choosing a nursery is often a daunting experience for new parents as their main frame of reference will be dim memories of their own nursery experience! The increasingly competitive London nursery scene now means that parents in the most sought after areas are forced to make selections on nurseries before their child has turned 1 or even, in some cases, before they have been born.
7 August, 2018
Before results day Results day can be chaotic and the better prepared you are the less stressful you will find it. Hopefully you will receive the necessary grades for your firm and/or insurance choice but is definitely worth being prepared and having a plan B just in case. University courses that have spaces available are listed on the UCAS Clearing course search which is already live and will be updated regularly throughout August.
5 July, 2018
Preparing for the HAT All candidates for Oxford degree courses involving History must sit the History Aptitude Test (HAT). Students can often feel a little uneasy about the test at first, because its format has changed over time, and it is very different from A-level exams. To help make the test a less daunting prospect, I have created an introductory guide to what it entails and how best to prepare.
10 June, 2018
What did the old exams look like? This year’s (2018) examinations consisted of a paper based English and Maths examination. What will the new exam look like in 2019? At the moment, nobody knows definitively. The consortium have said that the exams will be as follows in their statement: “a one-hour long bespoke cognitive ability test including reasoning and Maths.
25 April, 2018
During this panel discussion we share our insights into the 7+ and 8+ admissions process to UK independent schools. Keystone's founder, Will Orr-Ewing is joined by our Director of Education, Ed Richardson and Christine Leslie. Christine has had a career spanning over thirty years in education, including twenty years as a headmistress of co-ed, girls’ and boys’ preparatory schools.
16 April, 2018
In this panel discussion on Applying to UK University, Keystone's founder Will Orr-Ewing is joined by our Director of Education, Ed Richardson and former Westminster School Head of Sixth Form, David Hargreaves.
16 April, 2018
In this panel discussion on Applying for Oxbridge, Keystone's founder Will Orr-Ewing is joined by our Director of Education, Ed Richardson and former Westminster School Head of Sixth Form, David Hargreaves.
16 April, 2018
Matt Demmer and John Roberts from New York based Advantage Testing (the pre-eminent experts in preparing for US universities) share their insights into applying to US universities from the UK.
28 March, 2018
Keystone's Director of Education, Ed Richardson and senior tutor Jon Gale discuss their top tips for effective revision.
12 March, 2018
Ed Richardson (Keystone's Director of Education) talks to David Hargreaves (former head of Sixth Form at Westminster School) about deciding which A Levels to study. David has over thirty years experience advising students on A Level choices and university entrance.
8 February, 2018
Keystone's founder Will Orr-Ewing is joined by our Director of Education, Ed Richardson and Grace Moody-Stuart, Director of the Good Schools Guide consultancy. They discuss how parents can approach selecting the right school for their child.
6 February, 2018
Keystone's founder Will Orr-Ewing and Director of Education Ed Richardson share their insights into applying to university in the UK as an international student. If you are looking for support with your university application then take a look at Keystone's University Preparation Programme.
11 January, 2018
Keystone's founder, Will Orr-Ewing, and Director of Education, Ed Richardson, share their insights on tackling entrance interviews for independent schools.
14 December, 2017
If I were to ask whether all of you have been interviewed before, some of you might say that you haven’t and that you are finding the prospect of having an interview at a senior school rather alarming.
30 November, 2017
George Orwell is famous first for novels such as Animal Farm and 1984, but he also wrote a number of brilliant and insightful essays. His written English is clean and unambiguous, and therein lies the beauty. In his essay “Politics and the English Language”, Orwell writes that “the great enemy of clear language is insincerity” and communicates 6 rules to help keep your writing clear and concise.