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31 March, 2020

Correct as of 27.03.2020 What has the government announced with respect to this summer’s exams? In their statement on March 18th, the Department for Education confirmed that GCSEs and A Levels "will not go ahead this summer". On 20th March they provided a further statement with clarity on how grades will be awarded and they have published this very useful list of FAQs.

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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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23 March, 2020

Keystone Tutors was featured in today's Telegraph piece on private tutoring. The piece described Keystone's unique approach to employing tutors full time: "Exclusively employed by Keystone, this highly-trained posse of 33 (so far) do almost half of Keystone’s tutoring and are a far cry from other agencies, whose tutors are freelance, often working across multiple agencies." Read the full piece here.

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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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