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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

Careers education: What should young people learn and when?

1st April 2019

Today we have launched an important new report, which sets out what young people should learn during their careers education, and when. More Than A Job’s Worth: Making Careers Education Age-Appropriate was commissioned by the charity Founders4Schools, and argues that children’s careers education should begin as soon as they start…

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Developing creative writing in schools

25th February 2019

Today marks the publication of findings from our three-year long evaluation of Arts Council England’s ‘Creative Writing in Schools’ (CWiS) programme. What did we evaluate? In 2015, Arts Council England committed £1.2m to fund CWiS, which: Was a three-year long programme delivered by First Story and Paper Nations; Involved 3,000 pupils…

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‘Boys on Track’: Improving support for white FSM-eligible and black Caribbean boys in London

10th December 2018

Today LKMco and the Greater London Authority (GLA) launch ‘Boys on Track’, new research looking at how support for white free school meal-eligible and black Caribbean boys across London can be improved. The GLA commissioned this research because attainment among London’s most disadvantaged young people lags an average of 12 months behind…

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Latest Posts

Defending parents’ rights in the sex ed debate is a straw man

10th April 2019

With reforms to Relationships and Sex Education, LKMco has been at the heart of a tricky and sensitive debate. Whilst the debate is frequently characterised as a battle between school, parents and communities, our Chief Exec Loic pleaded for calm on BBC Radio 5 Live and in the TES. He…

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Rural schools struggle to break poverty-attainment link

10th April 2019

Schools Week highlighted key findings from new analysis by Loic pointing to a worryingly close link between poverty and attainment in rural schools. As part of their piece, Schools Week spoke to Paul Luxmoore, the executive head of the Coastal Academies Trust, with schools in rural Thanet, Kent who pointed… Read more

Breaking the Link? Attainment, poverty and rural schools

5th April 2019

The relationship between disadvantage and attainment varies considerably between different parts of England. Combining datasets shows that poverty has a particularly pernicious effect on educational attainment in some area-types, particularly the rural areas shown in green, below. Free School Meals aren’t the only ingredient In recent years there has been…

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ADHD: Dreaming, distracted or wired differently? Part 1 – causes and symptoms

3rd April 2019

By Abi Angus & Ellie Mulcahy Like many other women with ADHD, I received my diagnosis as an adult. The suggestion that it may be worth getting assessed for ADHD was something of a surprise to me; I had supported young people with ADHD diagnoses in previous roles and found…

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Careers education: What should young people learn and when?

1st April 2019

Today we have launched an important new report, which sets out what young people should learn during their careers education, and when. More Than A Job’s Worth: Making Careers Education Age-Appropriate was commissioned by the charity Founders4Schools, and argues that children’s careers education should begin as soon as they start…

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The disingenuous nature of ’empowerment’ in edtech

2nd March 2019

Technology is often presented as a means of empowerment within education, but we are in danger of actively holding pupils back by ignoring the inherent class bias of this narrative. I recently attended Bett, a large educational technology expo held annually at the ExCeL London. There were many impressive products…

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