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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

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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

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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

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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

Understanding autism: Theory of mind and the Sally-Anne test

27th July 2016

Children with communication disorders’ responses to a long established psychological test may have been ignored or altered for many years according to recent IOE research. Since 1985, psychologists have used the ‘Sally-Anne test’ to examine children’s ‘theory of mind’. Theory of mind refers to people’s ability to understand that other people have mental states- beliefs, … Read more

White working class boys and Higher Education: widening participation

18th July 2016

Target parents and primary school pupils to get more white working class boys into university Today we are publishing a new report, ‘The underrepresentation of white working class boys in higher education: the role of widening participation” commissioned by King’s College London’s Widening Participation Department. The report could not be more timely, coming less than a … Read more

What does Brexit mean for schools?

3rd July 2016

As if the general malaise and grieving wasn’t enough, the morning after the referendum I had the unenviable task of chairing a panel on intercultural education. Amidst the bleakness of Brexit, all I really wanted to say was: “well – we’ve failed.” But that probably wouldn’t have been very helpful. More helpful was what I … Read more

Changes to free childcare entitlements explained

2nd June 2016

From September 2017 the government will provide 30 hours of free childcare for working parents with children aged 3 to 4 years old. The policy aims to increase maternal employment it could also potentially improve educational outcomes. However, a recent investigation by Centre Forum found that unfortunately, it might not do either since a myriad … Read more

Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Harnessing teachers’ professional satisfaction

10th May 2016

This morning I spoke about teacher recruitment and retention at the launch of The Key’s 2016 State of Education Report. Here’s what I said: I welcome this important, useful and worrying State of education report from The Key which provides us with incredibly useful data that will help us better understand what is going on in the … Read more