Keystone's Guide to HR Retainers


The last 12 months have shone a spotlight onto how schools are run. An increase in staff absences, brought on by Covid, has brought HR to the forefront as schools struggle to manage staff-pupil ratios, maintain face to face teaching and support staff who are anxious about returning to the classroom after remote learning. If your trust HR team or sc...

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Keystone's Year in Review

Keystone Knowledge Year in Review The Keystone team have gone above and beyond this year.

 2021 was a tough year for many and the Keystone staff had their share of struggles. Despite this, they went above and beyond to give our clients an exceptional service with measurable outcomes for pupils. Our vision is for every child to receive an outstanding education, underpinned by excellent school and trust management – and we like to th...

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Acronyms in School Business Management

Acronyms in School Business Leadership Man looking at a computer screen

Keystone has recently taken on a new marketing executive who has come from outside of education. The first thing she said was, "It's amazing how many acronyms there are. It's like you're talking another language made entirely out of letters!" Schools strive to be as approachable as possible. We aim to use clear and simple language in letters and le...

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Digest of the ‘Schools’ Views On The Perceived Benefits And Obstacles To Joining A MAT’


In November, the government released a report entitled 'Schools' Views on the Perceived Benefits and Obstacles to Joining a Multi-Academy Trust.' The research comes from 700 schools across the UK. 300 of these have either joined or set up a MAT within the last 3 years, 300 are maintained by the local authority and are not interested in joining...

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Moving Beyond Compliance

Keystone Blog - Moving Beyond Compliance

Keeping up with the changes to school and trust legal and regulatory compliance can sometimes feel like a full-time job. Changes to the Academy Trust Handbook (formerly the Academy Financial Handbook) and other requirements can feel like they are never-ending and it's often a relief to be able to say: 'yes, we're compliant with the latest regulatio...

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Top Tips for Positive Mental Wellbeing

Keystone Blog - World Mental Health Day

 How would you rate your mental health? The last 19 months have been fraught for many. It is hardly surprising that the nation's health has suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic as people had to shield, work from home and not socialise. Our worlds were turned upside down with lockdown, with many of the day-to-day activities we all took for gra...

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Case Study - Ashby Hastings Primary School

Keystone Blog - Case Study - Ashby Hastings Primary School

Ashby Hastings Primary School opened its doors to pupils for the first time at the start of September, welcoming an EYFS class and ready to provide an outstanding education to local children as it grows over the next few years. Keystone worked with Symphony Learning Trust to manage the new school project from creating the presumption school bid to ...

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Welcome to Keystone Knowledge

Keystone Blog - Welcome to Keystone Knowledge

Keystone Knowledge was set up by CEO Stephen Mitchell in January 2020, bringing together his passion for education, knowledge of the sector and desire to see improvement in operational practices. The Keystone journey began with helping schools and trusts in financial difficulty and has expanded to support education providers across the country. The...

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