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Do We Really Want More Parent-Led Free Schools? -
By Laura McInerney, Policy Development Partner Yesterday, in a lecture by Steven Rivkin, I saw data showing how charter schools in Texas gradually transitioned from being opened by small groups of random individuals to predominantly being opened by 'school chains' expanding out from already-successful campuses. Rivkin's initial findings suggest this change has reduced the...
How much do we respect our teachers? -
By Loic Menzies, LKMco Director A new report out today places the UK around the middle of its league table for teacher status around the world. The 2013 Global Teacher Status Index report by the Varkey Gems Foundation is based on the responses of a balanced sample of 1000 people in each of 21 countries. It explores questions such as: The social standing of teachers...
7 Great Things We Read About Education Last Month (& You Should Too) -
 Each month Laura McInerney selects her favourite 7 education reads from the past month and share here on LKMCo. This is what intrigued her in September. 1. Five Initial Impressions From Inside Finnish Classrooms – Inside Classrooms Teacher Lucy Crehan is travelling to 8 top-performing countries over the next 9 months in a bid to find out...
To Threshold or Not to Threshold - thoughts on accountability reform -
By Loic Menzies - LKMco Director I hate the distortive effects of the 5 A*-C at GCSE accountability measure. Don’t all teachers? Doesn’t any parent who has seen the effect it has on their children’s education? Doesn’t every Head Teacher who feels pressured into compromising their ideals? It’s why I have welcomed the government’s announcement that it is introducing a new ‘...

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