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Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner: the role of area-level factors in the capital’s success -
By Dr Sam Baars – LKMco Research Associate Can the remarkable improvement in London’s schools since the turn of the millennium be replicated elsewhere in the country, or was it underpinned by a set of contextual factors that are specific to London, and London alone? This is the question that observers will have in mind as they eagerly chart the progress of the various local...
Collaboration: It doesn’t happen by magic -
By Loic Menzies - LKMco Director Everyone loves collaboration right? Go to any education event or listen to any speech and you'll hear that we need more collaboration – in fact it’s probably the one thing that almost everyone, whatever their political affiliation agrees is a good thing. But collaborating to do what? And how? Why collaborate? The obvious reason is to learn...
How London learned from its teacher shortage -
By Laura McInerney In the fourth in our series of London blogs, Laura highlights the recruitment crisis that afflicted London's schools at the turn of the century and argues that 'out of the darkness came light' Whether London schools in the late '90s were really dens of despair is debatable. But what isn’t up for discussion is that a severe teacher shortage gripped the city...
Professional Development and Professionalism: The symbolic role of CPD -
By Laura McInerney In the third in our week of blogs picking apart ‘the London Story’ Laura explores the role of CPD and argues it helped teachers feel valued and united. It’s very fashionable at the moment to bemoan CPD for teachers. For anyone who's ever sat in an INSET session, it’s easy to do. There are always interminable post-it note activities, inevitable Ofsted chat,...

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