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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

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 time. It finds that while … Read more

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

Latest Posts

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 time. It finds that while … Read more

Forgetting everything we know about memory: why caution is needed when relating cognitive psychology to education

25th April 2017

There is a growing interest among teachers and educationalists in cognitive psychology and psychological theories of learning, partly precipitated by ever growing discussion by high profile bloggers like David Didau, Daisy Christodoulou and Kris Boulton. While learning about the brain and considering how we think, learn or remember is certainly a worthwhile pursuit and may … Read more

Teacher recruitment and retention: The Talent Challenge

4th April 2017

Today we launch our latest report on teacher recruitment and retention, The Talent Challenge. Published with Oceanova it sets out the scale of the challenge ahead and approaches schools could take to help ease the pressure. LKMco Director Loic Menzies sets out the rationale behind the report in the following foreword to the report. You can … Read more

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

The LKMco Youth and Education Podcast

#002 – Research Round Up: Social segregation and white Working Class boys

19th May 2017

In episode #002  Dr Sam Baars talks to George Duoblys. They ask do faith schools perpetuate social social segregation? Is focusing on white working class boys helpful? Do Ofsted’s gradings for nurseries really measure the right things? Key points Early years: Kids who go to ‘outstanding’ nurseries don’t necessarily do better than those who don’t when they get … Read more

#001 – Bart Shaw: Poor Pupil’s Progress at Secondary School

30th April 2017

In this episode of the LKMco Education and Youth Podcast, Iesha talks to colleague, Bart Shaw. Bart is a researcher, former teacher and civil servant who lives in Sheffield. They discuss his report poor pupil’s progress at secondary school.