Today we publish the interim report for “Testing the Water,” our consultation on the future of assessment. Commissioned by Pearson, the report explores perceptions of and attitudes towards assessment among teachers, parents, governors and young people. The report is groundbreaking in bringing together the views of such a wide range of stakeholders for the first time. It finds that while … Read more
There is a growing interest among teachers and educationalists in cognitive psychology and psychological theories of learning, partly precipitated by ever growing discussion by high profile bloggers like David Didau, Daisy Christodoulou and Kris Boulton. While learning about the brain and considering how we think, learn or remember is certainly a worthwhile pursuit and may … Read more
Today we launch our latest report on teacher recruitment and retention, The Talent Challenge. Published with Oceanova it sets out the scale of the challenge ahead and approaches schools could take to help ease the pressure. LKMco Director Loic Menzies sets out the rationale behind the report in the following foreword to the report. You can … Read more
Leftovers are great. There’s nothing better than reheating last night’s dinner and enjoying a good meal all over again. Leave them in the fridge though and things start to go awry, a bit like grammar schools. They’ve been back on the menu since the budget, carrying with them the distinctive tang of tupperware that’s been … Read more
“The conditions for creativity and those for autonomy have something in common. Freedom alone is not enough.” Creativity in schools is a hotly debated topic. Can it be taught? Which is more important- creativity or knowledge? Creativity is often seen as an area in which if you give people freedom from structure they’ll spontaneously become … Read more
The Mail on Sunday today reports on a pilot of the Sound Training programme in three English prisons. The programme, which combines decoding text, breaking down words into their components and developing the vocabulary needed to read for meaning, has been running in hundreds of schools since it was launched in 2011. In late 2016, LKMco … Read more
In episode #002 Dr Sam Baars talks to George Duoblys. They ask do faith schools perpetuate social social segregation? Is focusing on white working class boys helpful? Do Ofsted’s gradings for nurseries really measure the right things? Key points Early years: Kids who go to ‘outstanding’ nurseries don’t necessarily do better than those who don’t when they get … Read more
In this episode of the LKMco Education and Youth Podcast, Iesha talks to colleague, Bart Shaw. Bart is a researcher, former teacher and civil servant who lives in Sheffield. They discuss his report poor pupil’s progress at secondary school.