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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

Most classroom teachers lack confidence assessing their pupils

30th November 2017

New report calls for better accountability measures, more support for teachers, and greater understanding of assessment across education sector. Government, schools and assessment bodies must do more to put assessment at the heart of great teaching. Report analyses assessment systems across the world and features contributions from world-leading experts. All trainee…

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School Residentials: enrichment and inequality

29th September 2017

We all know that education in England is riddled with inequality. The statistics are out there, painted in stark figures and depressing graphs. But can educational inequality really be reduced to 27.6 percentage point gap in A*-C in English and Maths? Unfortunately, it often has to be, because measuring and…

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What role does education play in youth homelessness?

14th September 2017

We are thrilled today to launch one of our most important reports yet, looking at how youth homelessness and education interact, and different ways in which the education system can support young people at risk of becoming – or who are – homeless. Yesterday the National Audit Office painted a…

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Latest Posts

Should teachers have to pass a written test?

14th December 2017

When Will Millard showed me the first draft of our Testing the Water report and I saw his suggestion that teachers should pass a test on their understanding of assessment, I quickly got out the red pen. Another test? What a gimmick? I quickly decided that recommendation wouldn’t make the final…

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When and how do children learn prejudice?

12th December 2017

I was shocked by the level of educational inequality I heard about when researching ‘The underrepresentation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in higher education’, for King’s College London. Perhaps the starkest finding though, was the scale and severity of discrimination faced by pupils from these communities in UK schools.…

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Improving the Free Schools Programme: Kate Bowen-Viner in the TES

12th December 2017

Having worked in a Regional Schools Commissioner’s office, LKMco Associate Kate Bowen-Viner knows a thing or two about the Free Schools Programme. Indeed, having published “The 6 Predictable Failures of Free Schools… and how to avoid them” by Laura McInerney back in 2011, it’s an area we’ve had a long…

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Youth Homelessness and Belonging: Achievement for All guest blog

12th December 2017

In this special guest blog, Professor Sonia Blandford and Anne Cameron from charity Achievement for All respond to our recent report on education and youth homelessness. A strong sense of belonging is integral to our core strength and a sense of self-worth, a robust protective factor which steadies us when we…

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LKMco welcomes DfE’s announcement of new teaching internships

7th December 2017

LKMco welcomes the Department for Education’s announcement today of new teaching internships for undergraduates in their last year at university. The announcement provides an evidence-based response to the finding in LKMco and Pearson’s 2015 report “Why Teach?” that ‘accidental’ entry to the teaching profession was surprisingly common. The report described accidental entries…

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How will the government respond to our assessment recommendations from #TestingTheWater?

30th November 2017

The government has today responded to the Education Select Committee’s report on primary assessment and in doing so, picked up on numerous themes from our new report, #TestingTheWater. 1. Testing the Water calls for headline league tables to shift to three year averages. Doing so would reduce the impact of…

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