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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

Why does poor children’s progress drop off at secondary school? Social Mobility Commission report

27th February 2017

Today we publish our second report in collaboration with the Social Mobility Commission and Education Datalab. PRESS RELEASE Gap between poor pupils’ attainment at primary and secondary school is worsening Milburn: Closing the gap must be a ‘top of mind’ for schools and Government should set a new target for progress Children from poor backgrounds … Read more

Ethnicity, Gender and Social Mobility: New report

28th December 2016

We are delighted to announce the publication of our latest report (download here) for the Social Mobility Commission in collaboration with Education Datalab.  It explores how ethnicity, gender and poverty interact to support or constrain young people’s social mobility. It is unique in exploring the ‘intersectionality’ of these different factors and in using brand new analysis of the … Read more

Oracy: The State of Speaking in Our Schools

8th November 2016

In an exclusive interview for our new report on oracy, Professor Frank Hardman, argues that talk is: “the most powerful tool of communication in the classroom and it is fundamentally central to the acts of teaching and learning”. “The State of Speaking in Our Schools” was commissioned by Voice 21. It reveals that oracy (learning to talk well, and … Read more

Latest Posts

Grammar schools, meritocracy and equality

24th March 2017

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

How creativity links to autonomy

21st March 2017

“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

Sound Training Prison Evaluation: The Mail on Sunday reports

19th March 2017

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

No Excuses Versus Inclusion: Impossible to reconcile?

17th March 2017

In a new article for SENCo magazine, Director Loic Menzies asks whether a ‘no excuses’ approach to discipline can ever be reconciled with the principles of inclusion. In his article he follows up the arguments made in his blog “Zero Tolerance for Poor Behaviour” and explores whether a course can be charted between the contrasting views … Read more

How big’s your slice of the cake? The National Funding Formula

17th March 2017

On a cold Wednesday morning last year, when teaching physics in an academy in Hackney, I felt the first, chill winds of the cuts to school budgets that have been widely reported in the press and starkly mapped out in today’s Education Policy Institute Report on the National Funding Formula (NFF). The staff were gathered in … Read more

True autonomy needs skills and knowledge as well as freedom

14th March 2017

Autonomy is not just about letting people make their own decisions and doing things without supervision or instruction, it’s also about making sure that people have the skills that will enable them to make the most of that freedom and self-direction.    Skills + knowledge +  freedom = autonomy   This insight was a real … Read more