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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

How can we develop creative writing in schools?

20th July 2017

Today LKMco, First Story and Paper Nations publish a literature review showing how schools currently develop young people’s creative writing, and how the impact of creative writing interventions could be strengthened. The literature review examines six key themes: Sustainability Engagement Skill development Best practice and pedagogy for creative writing Networks Valuing creative…

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Progression to University by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Pupils

8th July 2017

PRESS RELEASE: ‘Respectable Racism’ Holding Back Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Pupils Pupils from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds estimated ten times less likely to go to university compared to peers. New research by LKMco, in partnership with Kings College London’s Widening Participation department reveals barriers ‘at every level’ that combine…

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Testing the Water: Interim report on the future of assessment

9th May 2017

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…

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Latest Posts

Our Election Wish on Mental Health Comes True (sort of)

1st August 2017

We welcome yesterday’s announcement that the government will recruit 2,000 extra CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) staff, in line with our top “election wish” reported in Schools Week in April this year. As Director Loic Menzies argued at the time, external services need to take some of the…

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Going back to the classroom: Teacher retention flipped

20th July 2017

I quit the classroom in December 2016, having taught physics in an East London academy for three and a half years. In September, I’ll be going back, to a different school but in a similar area. This blog is about why I left teaching and why I’m going back in…

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How can we develop creative writing in schools?

20th July 2017

Today LKMco, First Story and Paper Nations publish a literature review showing how schools currently develop young people’s creative writing, and how the impact of creative writing interventions could be strengthened. The literature review examines six key themes: Sustainability Engagement Skill development Best practice and pedagogy for creative writing Networks Valuing creative…

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UTCs: Who’s Going and Why Should We Care?

12th July 2017

The Baker Dearing Trust’s call for University Technical Colleges to recruit ‘best-fit’ pupils has rightly been criticised for promoting selection. However, formally sanctioned selection is not the only form of pupil sorting. Recent research demonstrates the need to examine UTC’s existing, albeit organic, pupil selection and how this impacts on…

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How research can have a place in the maths classroom: brief reflections on The Telegraph Festival of Education 2017

10th July 2017

  How can maths teachers make lessons relevant to their students? How can teachers use research to impact their classroom practice? How can teachers make their classrooms a welcoming space to lead to engagement that then has a knock on effect to learning? These were the questions that were subconsciously…

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The underrepresentation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in higher education: on the couch with BBC Breakfast

8th July 2017

This morning we launched our report on the underrepresentation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in higher education, commissioned by King’s College London. Our research demonstrates that ongoing prejudice combines with poor school outcomes to make progression to university a struggle for many pupils. Lead author Ellie Mulcahy sat on BBC…

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The LKMco Youth and Education Podcast

#008 – Research round up: Social mobility. Age, university and employment

11th August 2017

Social mobility at work and university. How well-known employers are trying to improve social mobility and why different generations have different perspectives about social mobility in the UK. Discussion between Iesha Small and Dr Sam Baars of LKMco.

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#007 – Prof. Geoff Whitty: Realities of evidence-informed education policy (part 2)

28th July 2017

Discussing the increasing globalization of educational policy and how inequality can be tackled worldwide with Prof. Geoff Whitty and Iesha Small.

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#006 – Prof. Geoff Whitty: Realities of evidence-informed education policy (part 1)

14th July 2017

Discussing evidence-based educational policy and how to Professor Geoff Whitty has used his career to take educational disadvantage.

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