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London Schools Now we have a full(er) picture… -
By Loic Menzies – LKMco Director As David Laws put it last night, you wait years for some research on a critical question and then, like with buses, it all comes at once: In recent years the apparent success of London’s schools has been considered one of the biggest puzzles in English education but this week has seen big developments in our understanding of what has gone...
Seven Myths About Education: Classroom practice – are we doing the right things? -
Daisy Christodoulou’s new book ‘Seven Myths About Education’, which sets out to challenge the core assumptions underpinning contemporary classroom practice in the UK, sparked a lively debate at its launch on June 10th. LKMco were there to follow the discussion, which ranged from cognitive science and the role of memory in learning, to the nature of assessment and the validity...
Tackling Child Poverty -
By Loic Menzies, LKMco Director The government is currently consulting on its Child Poverty Strategy. In this blog I set out my response to three of the questions that emerge from the strategy. Are there any other policy areas the government should look at in order to help close the attainment gap? 1. Where pupils face mental health problems this is an enormous barrier...
Could the Middle Tier look like THIS? -
By Laura McInerney (Policy Development Partner) and Matt Hood (guest writer). Yesterday Laura and I outlined the differences between Labour’s Director of School Standards and the Coalition’s Regional School Commissioners – both of which are solutions to The Big Middle Tier Problem (or “who should watch over schools to make sure they aren't rubbish?”). Today we promised to...

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