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12 November, 2018

Keystone has featured in an article explaining how tutors are now more than ever in demand. More than 25% of British families now employ private tutors. You can read the full article here.

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5 November, 2018

Keystone's Director of Education, Ed Richardson, has been featured in the latest edition of FOCUS magazine. Ed answers frequently asked questions by new parents on nursery and primary education. Read the full article 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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21 September, 2018

Keystone has been featured in the latest edition of The Pie News, a well respected publication that provides news and business analysis for professionals in international education. You can read the article here.

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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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13 September, 2018

Keystone has been featured on Knight Frank's 2018 edition of Private View in an article "exploring the close relationships between education and the UK's prime housing markets." You can read the full article here.

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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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5 September, 2018

We were featured in the latest edition of Prime Resi, in an article: "Education, Education, Education: Schooling drives £2bn investment in prime London’s housing market each year". You can read the full article here.

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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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9 August, 2018

Keystone's Director of Education Ed Richardson was quoted in today's Economist article on whyschools are struggling to retain newly qualified teachers . You can read the full article here.

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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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25 June, 2018

Ed Richardson contributed an article to the June 2018 edition of Fabric Magazine. He shared his thoughts on useful revision strategies. You can read his piece here (page 76).

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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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10 May, 2018

Keystone's Founder, Will Orr-Ewing was featured in the May 2018 addition of Absolutely Education. The article covered the work that The Tutors' Association is doing to raised standards in tutoring. Read the full issue at this link.

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28 April, 2018

Keystone's founder Will Orr-Ewing was quoted in today's Economist article on the current trends in single-sex education. You can read the full article here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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28 March, 2018

Keystone's Director of Education, Ed Richardson and senior tutor Jon Gale discuss their top tips for effective revision.

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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.

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15 February, 2018

Keystone Founder and Director, Will Orr-Ewing, was quoted in today's economist. The article explored "why more British students are choosing foreign universities". Read the full article here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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