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17 April, 2019

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.

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17 April, 2019

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.

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17 April, 2019

Josh Davis and Alex Burston from ESM Prep share their thoughts on applying to US Universities. ESM Prep is an educational services firm that provides personalized strategic college counseling, academic mentorship, and SAT/ACT test preparation. Based in the US they also have an office in London.

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28 March, 2019

The National Admissions Test for Law, or LNAT, can seem like a formidable hurdle for many students applying to read law at university; this is particularly the case when one considers the historically low average scores (usually around 50%) and the fact that many students do not know what to expect.

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28 February, 2019

This article, by Keystone Founder, Will Orr-Ewing, was originally published in Absolutely Education magazine. I have run a tutoring company at the crucible of the 11+ scene for the last 11 years, and have seen first-hand how hundreds of families approach the 11+. Here I answer some questions often put to me by parents, teachers, tutors and others connected to the sector. Do parents need to hire a tutor? No.

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19 February, 2019

The Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) is a form of assessment used to measure aptitude in critical thinking and problem solving. The TSA can be a requirement for gaining entry to top universities (including Oxford, Cambridge and UCL), as well as a handful of independent schools, who produce their own modified version of the exam (sometimes called a Critical Thinking test) for 16+. These exams test a variety of skills, which help prepare you for higher learning.

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14 February, 2019

This guide is for anyone applying to sit Classics or any combination involving Classics at the University of Oxford. In the sections below you can find out if you need to sit the test and how you go about doing that. There is also some advice on how best to prepare for the test and how important the test will be to your application to study at Oxford.

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8 February, 2019

What is the MAT? The Maths Admissions Test (MAT) is the admissions test used by Oxford for degrees in Mathematics. If you’re applying for a Maths or Computer Science degree at Oxford or a Maths degree at Imperial College London, you must sit the MAT just after beginning year 13 in late October/early November.

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7 February, 2019

During this panel discussion we talk through the key considerations when selecting a school for your child to move on to. The seminar is led by Keystone's Founder, Will Orr-Ewing who is joined by Director of Education, Ed Richardson as well as Dee Francken, an experienced Education Consultant. During the discussion we look to answer your questions on assessing which prep school or senior school is most suitable for your child.

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7 February, 2019

Any candidate applying to study Modern Languages at Oxford or Cambridge will have to sit a written paper as part of the admissions process: The Modern Languages Aptitude Test (MLAT) at Oxford and the Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment (MMLAA) at Cambridge. There are big differences between the two tests, from the structure and what they are testing to when they are sat. This blog covers the Oxford MLAT. You can read our blog on the Cambridge MMLAA here.

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7 February, 2019

Any candidate applying to study Modern Languages at Oxford or Cambridge will have to sit a written paper as part of the admissions process: The Modern Languages Aptitude Test (MLAT) at Oxford and the Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment (MMLAA) at Cambridge. There are big differences between the two tests, from the structure and what they are testing to when they are sat. This blog covers the Cambridge MMLAA. You can read our blog on the Oxford MLAT here.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In the press

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Times Educational Supplement
The West Journal