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3 April, 2020

Correct as of 03.04.2020 What has the government announced with respect to this summer’s exams? Since their initial statement on March 18th, the Department for Education provided further clarification on 3rd April 2020 as to how grades will be awarded.

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1 April, 2020

To assist teachers and students in making online lessons as productive as possible we have put together this infographic on the ground rules that students should follow for online learning.

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28 March, 2020

Like the rest of the country, we have been rocked by the unfolding crisis caused by COVID-19. We are especially aware of the disruption caused to families across the country by measures such as the closure of UK schools and limits placed on movement outside the home. Scaling up a comprehensive online offering is naturally a huge task for schools.

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24 March, 2020

Why do families choose online tutoring? The rise is underpinned by the increasing numbers families around the world looking for access to the highest quality tutor support, often for students who are competing for top grades and places at UK schools or universities. These students require the best tutors they can find and accessing them online removes any geographical limitations, allowing a tutor with the right expertise to be sourced that cannot be found locally.

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20 March, 2020

In light of the Covid-19 school closures we thought it would be helpful to list some of our key recommendations when it comes to making home-schooling a success. Learning Environment We recommend that you create a dedicated learning space that is solely used for home-schooling. Some key points to consider: Location: If possible, a room that is quiet, receives plenty of natural light and has a good amount of space.

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20 March, 2020

Objectives: Set clear objectives for each lesson. Students may not be familiar with online learning, so make sure they understand your expectations and what needs to be achieved in the available time. Norms: Set ground rules for your online sessions as you would within a physical classroom. Explain clearly what students should do if they have questions or don’t understand. Help students to develop effective approaches to learning online.

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12 March, 2020

Keystone's Director of Education, Ed Richardson, joins our lead consultant Harriet Blomefield to discuss their top tips for revising.

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9 March, 2020

Revision can be daunting and establishing a starting point is often a challenge at this time of year. The following article aims to provide ideas about where to start and how to approach revision with suggestions that can be immediately put into practice and will hopefully ease any revision concerns during the exam season.

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27 February, 2020

As the school closures in Hong Kong have been extended until April 20th it seemed a pertinent time to write with what we hope will be helpful information during this uncertain time. As schools and businesses are being forced to make use of online resources the quality of the provision seems to vary quite significantly.

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12 December, 2019

Interviews are often considered to be the most intimidating and mysterious elements of the Oxbridge admissions process. This summary is designed to demystify the process so that you can approach your interview as confidently as possible. What Role Do the Interviews Play? Interviews are only one piece in the jigsaw of Oxbridge admissions. They are important, but only as part of an overall picture.

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19 November, 2019

University Choices ‘What shall I do when I leave school?’ is just one of several important questions students make during their final three years at school. But it is one that they shouldn’t feel daunted by as this is an exciting time and, typically, the final step in their formal education. The most salient point to remember is that there is a spider’s web of people from whom they can seek advice: teachers, parents, friends and even current university students.

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27 September, 2019

Overview Originally, the 7+ was designed for girls who traditionally mature quicker than boys, for whom the 8+ was designed. However, some boys’ schools now use both examinations. We would recommend opting for the 8+ if your child is a relatively slower developer, giving another year to grow in confidence and prepare for assessment. Remember that failure at this age can be damaging to confidence so, unless your child is a robust character, trying the 7+ first may not be wise.

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5 September, 2019

As an avid Podcast listener, the More or Less Podcast has long been a weekly essential. The Podcast looks to explain the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life. I was particularly captivated by a recent episode, in which the Podcast investigated the truth behind claims made by The Times that “48% of A level results are wrong”.

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23 August, 2019

Unsure about how to monitor your child’s education, or keen to have an unbiased opinion regarding progress and future goals?   Keystone’s newly adapted ‘Education Health Check’ offers an annual ‘MOT’ to ensure that families are getting the best possible educational experience.

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15 August, 2019

It’s almost that time of year again, and as the 22nd August draws nearer we thought it might be helpful to consider some of the key points that might come up on results day.

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14 August, 2019

With the clock ticking down to 15th August we thought it might be helpful to put together a brief results day guide so that you can be prepared for all eventualities. We understand that results day can sometimes be confusing and stressful, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any advice either before, on, or after the 15th.    Before Results Day Make sure you have your UCAS track login and personal information ready.

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25 June, 2019

Maybe you’ve just finished your GCSEs and have decided to enter the brave new world of Philosophy at A Level. It might feel both exciting and a little daunting to be beginning a brand-new subject in Year 12, rather than continuing one, such as Physics or English, that you’ve studied for some years.

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19 June, 2019

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) is one of the most popular, and best-known, courses that you can read at Oxford. It has been offered since 1921, and it’s rooted in the view that it’s helpful to approach problems in society from the perspectives of several complementary disciplines and frameworks.

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12 June, 2019

Structure of the course Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) at Cambridge is a three-year BA Hons degree in politics, international relations, social anthropology and sociology. Although students can focus on one of these areas from the start, HSPS is also the broadest and most flexible political and/or social science degree at Oxbridge.

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30 May, 2019

An increasing number of independent schools have recently put pre-tests in place, which has caused a flurry of panic among parents and children alike. These tests are usually online and taken when a student is in Year 6 and/or 7. Students who perform well are then offered a conditional place, subject to passing their Common Entrance in Year 8. The test provides a standardised measure of attainment, potential and capability. It takes approximately 2.

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In the press

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Times Educational Supplement
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