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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

Latest Posts

Grammar schools, Kilroy Silk and my mum

9th August 2016

Over twenty years ago, my mum appeared on the chat show Kilroy to defend her decision to send her kids to the local comprehensive instead of a grammar school. As a lefty teenager, angry with the injustice of the world, I was incredibly proud of her. In 2022, it seems I may now face a similar … Read more

Grammar Schools and Social Mobility: The Uncle Steve defence

7th August 2016

When the question of grammar schools is raised, the standard response is that “Uncle Steve came from a really tough background and it’s thanks to grammar schools that he made something of himself.” That’s great news for uncle Steve, but it’s an argument that depends on several assumptions and it certainly doesn’t mean they’re good … Read more

White Working Class Boys and Higher Education: International Press Coverage

29th July 2016

Our latest report for Kings College London Widening Participation Department has received considerable interest around the world, featuring on Dubai Eye Radio in the UAE, Fox News in the US and, much of the UK press including the Daily Mail, Independent, Times, i, and Huffington Post. It has also been covered by sector publications like Schools Week, … Read more

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