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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
19 October, 2017
Almost every UK independent school sets 16+ exams for students hoping to gain entry into their sixth-form (year 12). Additionally, schools request previous school reports and predicted GCSE grades. Students are usually offered a conditional place, subject to the school’s minimum GCSE requirements. Most schools do not have a very big sixth-form intake and places are limited, with a high application to place rate.
25 August, 2016
It’s that time of year again and here is some advice to help you to navigate GCSE results: Keep Calm! For some unknown reason (!) results days tend to imbue a certain sense of anxiety or even panic.
14 April, 2014
Some of the most common mistakes that Keystone’s tutors see relate to exam technique. So many marks are lost by students who have not read the question properly and answer the question they thought they read, or wanted to read. Here are a few tips relating to GCSE exam technique: You may not know this, but if you cross out a correct answer (and don’t replace it with a wrong answer) the examiner can give you credit for it even though it’s crossed out.
28 March, 2014
With the Easter holidays on the horizon, many Keystone students are gearing up for those final few months of GCSE revision. Here are Keystone’s NINE top tips to help you with the process: Take responsibility. Teachers, tutors and parents are all on hand if you need support, but remember: no one can revise for you; it’s down to you. Be ambitious. Most adults work over eight hours per day.
7 March, 2014
At Keystone, we are often asked the difference between GCSE and iGCSE. GCSE and iGCSE are certainly very similar. Both qualifications are at the same level: they are designed to test the completion of the UK National Curriculum's "Key Stage 4". They are usually sat at the end of UK Year 11, in the year a student becomes 16. They have no age restriction, though - and have been sat by many students younger and older.