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.
12 March, 2020
Keystone's Director of Education, Ed Richardson, joins our lead consultant Harriet Blomefield to discuss their top tips for revising.
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.
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.
25 June, 2019
After Jenny McGowan, our Head of Operations in Hong Kong, lead a seminar whith Frank Knight, Keystone were featured in their latest news article. This article describes top tips for parents looking to choose a house near the top independent schools in London. The article can be read following this link.
17 May, 2019
11+ and 13+ interviews for UK independent schools can be a daunting prospect. The best and easiest way to approach these is remembering that the purpose of the interview is for the interviewer to learn more about you. They are not designed to catch you out and there are rarely right or wrong answers. Below is some advice which we hope will help to both prepare and relax you ahead of any upcoming interviews.
20 October, 2017
Many UK independent schools now ask prospective students from overseas to sit the UKiset test as part of their entry process. Most schools use it to assess a student’s level of English, before asking you to sit their own entry papers, but some schools offer places based solely on the UKiset results and school reports. We have outlined the structure of the test below as well as some tips on preparation.
1 August, 2017
The age old common entrance exam is still insisted upon by many of the UK’s independent schools for 11+ and 13+ entry. The 11+exams tends to comprise English, Maths and Science whilst the 13+ comprises of ten subjects (Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Latin, French/Spanish/ German/Mandarin). The full syllabus for each subject is available online as are practice papers and revision materials.
10 January, 2016
Parents often ask us which books their children should be reading. In some respects, it’s the wrong question to ask – are there any books children shouldn't be reading? – but with children’s free-time seeming ever to shrink, there is certainly merit in searching out the best.
6 August, 2014
In my consultations with parents from outside of the UK, I am often asked to clarify the Common Entrance. What is it? How important is it? What is the best way to prepare for it? This overview aims to clear up any misunderstandings. What is it? Common Entrance was established in 1903 and it has been the standard entrance exam for many of the United Kingdom’s most respected independent schools since then. Its 11+ and 13+ exams are currently used by 250 senior schools.