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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

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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

OCR

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

Latest Posts

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

Social Impact report, new status and expanded team at LKMco

29th April 2016

Today we are publishing our 6th annual social impact report and announcing three new appointments as well as a change of legal status. Our latest report finds that that over the last year we have impacted on 95% of clients in at least one of our intended areas. It also includes three case studies illustrating the range of ways we have supported the … Read more

Should we fine parents?

26th April 2016

Last week, The Fair Education Alliance launched its 2015 report on ‘closing the gap’ in UK education, and a focus on parental engagement was one of the top recommendations for improvement. However, Sir Michael Wilshaw, caused controversy by suggesting that the solution might involve Heads fining parents. Whilst parental involvement has a larger impact on … Read more

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