About LKMco 

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

‘Boys on Track’: Improving support for white FSM-eligible and black Caribbean boys in London

10th December 2018

Today LKMco and the Greater London Authority (GLA) launch ‘Boys on Track’, new research looking at how support for white free school meal-eligible and black Caribbean boys across London can be improved. The GLA commissioned this research because attainment among London’s most disadvantaged young people lags an average of 12 months behind…

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Pupil diary excerpts

Inside the black box: how high-performing schools create a positive culture

8th August 2018

Anyone who has visited a range of schools soon notices the subtle but distinctive feel of different school cultures. Now, our latest research report, published today by the Department for Education, sets out in detail how these subtle differences can be pinned down in more concrete terms, and identifies the…

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Partners in Progression: Engaging parents in university access

12th July 2018

Universities should work with parents to increase access to university, according to a new report published today by King’s College London’s Widening Participation Department and LKMco. The recommendation comes in response to the finding that 95% of parents have concerns about their child going to university, including worries about debt,…

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Latest Posts

The new DfE teacher recruitment and retention strategy – what’s the plan?

28th January 2019

The Department for Education has this morning published its new and eagerly anticipated teacher recruitment and retention strategy. This is the first of our two blogs exploring the strategy. This one summarises the strategy, whilst the second by our Chief Exec, Loic Menzies provides a critique and response. The problem…

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Teachers are Humans: What does that mean for school leaders trying to recruit and retain them? 

20th January 2019

The DfE is due to announce its recruitment and retention strategy soon, but there’s no reason why schools should wait for policy makers to maximise their chances of recruiting the teachers they need. This is the third in a series of blogs exploring actions teachers and leaders can take to…

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Tackling sexism in school: can we change the world?

15th January 2019

When I was 14, a sex-education ‘expert’ came to my school, showed us a picture of Liz Hurley at the Oscars and explained that women shouldn’t dress like “that” if they wished to avoid unwanted attention. When I was 17, a boy at my sixth form vehemently and continuously argued…

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Top of the Blogs: Your favourite LKMco pieces from 2018

5th January 2019

So what Were Your Favourite LKMco Blogs in 2018? Here’s the run down! 2018 saw some old favourites clinging to their place at the top of the table. Tens of thousands of people still want to know what A Level subjects Russell Group Unis like best and turn in droves to…

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Lessons in school choice

21st December 2018

I’ve spent years conducting research in schools: interviewing teachers; speaking to pupils; poring over performance tables, dodging footballs whilst scribbling notes in playgrounds. As a researcher I’ve often been in the thick of it, but it’s a role that always places you at arm’s length – an observer rather than…

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Improving London’s schools: LKMco shares insights with Austrian press

21st December 2018

  LKMco had an international impact this week, when the Austrian education and technology news website APA-Science interviewed our chief executive Loic Menzies about the impact of the London Challenge school improvement programme. The London Challenge was launched by the Labour Government in 2003 with the aim of raising standards in the poorest performing schools, narrowing the…

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