About LKMco

We believe society should ensure all children and young people receive the support they need to make a fulfilling transition to adulthood. We work towards this belief by articulating a vision for a society which does so, inspiring a desire to pursue it and enabling organisations to achieve it … Read More

Latest Reports


Firing on all cylinders: What makes an effective middle leader?

29th July 2016

‘No school can be a great school without getting the middle leadership right’ says James Toop, chief executive of the charity Teaching Leaders. But what does it mean to be a great middle leader? At a time of rapid curriculum change and increasing concern about teacher retention, it is a question in desperate need of … Read more

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Youth clubs and schools – a partnership worth building?

5th April 2016

Teachers are too busy. Everyone knows that. But could it be because they’re trying to do too much and could youth clubs lend a helping hand? Our new report published today with London Youth suggests they could. At a time when we are bombarded with examples of schools struggling with the pressures of accountability and reform, … Read more


Poverty and Special Needs: A quarter of FSM pupils have SEND

26th February 2016

At LKMco we are deeply concerned by the profound links between children having Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and growing up in poverty; as well as the additional barriers these children face in accessing the support they need. Urgent action is needed to remove those barriers. The government has had some success in encouraging schools across … Read more

Latest Posts

Pupil behaviour: Inclusion or exclusion units – naughty or troubled?

4th October 2016

Around the country, schools-within-schools, educate or guard the challenged and challenging. Sometimes they’re called ‘inclusion units’, sometimes ‘exclusion units’, sometimes more zappily ‘learning zones’. In one school I knew (let’s call it Oakwood), it was across the road, staffed by teachers considered hard-core enough to manage the toughest of the tough. I’ve often discussed with … Read more

Social cohesion: Can and should schools do more?

30th September 2016

This morning’s Schools Week highlights Shadow Secretary of State, Angela Rayner’s speech to the Labour party conference in which she railed against “segregation, segregation, segregation”. But the focus of last night’s ship debate, #LKMco16, was on“cohesion, cohesion, cohesion” – as we asked whether schools can (and should) make society more cohesive. We were joined by four outstandng panelists … Read more

Grammar schools: the government can still retreat with dignity

24th September 2016

Yesterday was a tough day for the government’s potentially catastrophic grammar school plan. The Education Policy Institute published a damning report systematically trashing any evidence that grammar schools would benefit disadvantaged pupils. The government faced its first ministerial resignation and it was linked to grammars. Tory media-stalwart, The Times came out against grammar schools, cutting to the heart … Read more

Video games improve educational attainment but the crucial question is ‘Why?’

2nd September 2016

New research has found a direct relationship between video games and educational performance. An Australian study found that students who played video games scored more highly in maths, reading and science tests. The study also found that students who spend time on social media perform less well, indicating that the relationship is not simply related … Read more

Grammar Schools for the Bright but Poor: Why they wouldn’t help either

12th August 2016

Would I be happy with grammar schools if they exclusively served bright-but-poor pupils? This is one of the questions I was asked following my “Uncle Steve” blog. The answer is “no”. Whilst grammar schools’ socio-economic skew is one of their flaws, it is not the only one. We need to ask what problem grammar schools, exclusively … Read more

Grammar schools, Kilroy Silk and my mum

9th August 2016

Over twenty years ago, my mum appeared on the chat show Kilroy to defend her decision to send her kids to the local comprehensive instead of a grammar school. As a lefty teenager, angry with the injustice of the world, I was incredibly proud of her. In 2022, it seems I may now face a similar … Read more