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


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


The future for examining

11th December 2015

Recent changes to exams mean more papers need to be marked at the end of summer exams, requiring more examiners than in the past. This report for OCR by LKMco identifies what appeals to teachers about examining and what stands in the way of them taking on the role. It then explores the benefits examiners gain … Read more

Lead pool

Building the Leadership Pool in London Schools

27th November 2015

Today our report ‘Building the Leadership Pool in London Schools’ is being published. It’s jointly authored by LKMco and Kempton Consulting Ltd, with the support of Challenge Partners and it was commissioned by the GLA on behalf of the London Education Officers Group. The project involved a survey of 665 middle and senior leaders, headteachers … Read more

Latest Posts

How common is it for schools to recommend private tutoring for six year olds?

22nd April 2016

Last week, a disturbing conversation with another parent who was returning from parent’s evening got me thinking: has our education system become so competitive that it pitches not only pupil against pupil, but parent against parent? And, faced with that reality, should parents be prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure our children succeed, … Read more

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

Qualified practitioners in the early years: It takes leadership to light up every young brain

4th April 2016

If we don’t get the Early Years right, it’s not just a question of lost time, it’s a question of brain development: all the phonics flashcards in the world can’t rewind what happens in those crucial years. That’s why as an ex-early years teacher, I was hugely excited to read ‘Lighting up Young Brains,’ a … Read more

Who opposes academies?

19th March 2016

As you will have noticed if you’ve logged into Facebook recently, there is currently a petition going round to “Scrap plans to force state schools to become academies”. At the time of writing it had received over 75,000 signatures, enough to force a government response but ~25,000 short of what’s needed for a Parliamentary debate. But … Read more

Educational Excellence Everywhere and Special Needs

18th March 2016

One of the biggest disappointments in yesterday’s White Paper was the continued marginalisation of special educational needs and disability (SEND) within the Government’s vision for “Educational Excellence Everywhere”. Here at LKMco we firmly believe that schools and youth organisations should do more to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND. After all, … Read more

The Education White Paper: Educational excellence… in pictures

17th March 2016

Today’s education White Paper is quite long. But fortunately there are quite a lot of pictures in there. So in this blog I go all buzzfeed and present a few visual highlights. Picture 1: A self improving system A self improving system needs capacity to improve. The DfE recognises this is missing in many areas of low … Read more