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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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9 May, 2019

Coaching4Careers deliver coaching for businesses, universities, schools, charities and committees in the UK and internationally. Their experienced consultants help people at all levels to identify their strengths, so that they can build a career based on their natural talents and passions. They also help schools and their students with career planning, including getting the most from work experience assignments. Find out more here.

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30 November, 2017

George Orwell is famous first for novels such as Animal Farm and 1984, but he also wrote a number of brilliant and insightful essays. His written English is clean and unambiguous, and therein lies the beauty. In his essay “Politics and the English Language”, Orwell writes that “the great enemy of clear language is insincerity” and communicates 6 rules to help keep your writing clear and concise.

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29 August, 2017

Parents today take a more active interest in their children’s education than the generation or two that preceded them, so that it’s not unusual for those of us working in education to be asked our views on a “growth mindset” one day or the “outdatedness of the 19th century factory model of education” the next.

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31 January, 2016

One topic often discussed in my conversations with parents is the impact of technology on family life. Context – how common is technology in children’s lives? The pervasiveness of technology in children’s lives is undisputed. The Connected Kids Report last year showed that children aged 5 - 16 spend an average of six and a half hours a day in front of a screen, compared with around three hours in 1995. (UK adults spend even more time).

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12 November, 2015

As a Keystone Professional Tutor I spend a large amount of my time working with students on essay writing. The essay is a constant in the progression between different schools and university. And the skills it inculcates, I suggest, make the ultimate transition to adult life smoother than it might otherwise be.  First comes the prep school composition, to be honed for 11+ or 13+ exams: the description of a mysterious gentleman, or of a time when we were afraid.

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1 August, 2015

With the summer holidays in full swing, parents will be wanting to keep their children’s minds active, so as to stop the dreaded ‘summer slide’ in academic ability.  However, they may encounter problems.  It can be hard to know where to start when choosing a book; some children are reluctant readers; and others do read, but stay away from ‘the classics’.  With a little bit of effort from parents and tutors, however, these difficulties can be overcome.

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29 May, 2014

It is the lot of every Latin teacher to answer, each and every year, the same tedious question from the class wise guy: “What’s the point of learning a dead language like Latin?” Keystone has some fantastic Latin tutors, and we thought we would reply on their behalf: 1. It is the root of English, and other Romance languages.  About 10 percent of the Latin vocabulary has found its way directly into English.

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In the press

Knight Frank
Ed Richardson
Times Educational Supplement
The West Journal