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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… 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… 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… Read more

Latest Posts

Stepping back from the brink: LKMco welcomes Queens Speech grammars back-track

21st June 2017

LKMco welcomes the government’s decision to “step back from the brink” on grammars by omitting legislation on grammar schools from the Queens’ Speech. Speaking in response to the news, Director Loic Menzies said: “We welcome the government’s decision to step back from the brink. All the evidence shows that opening… Read more

LKMco at the Festival of Education 2017

21st June 2017

The LKMco team will be out in force at the Festival of Education and speaking on four different panels about topics ranging from SEND and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils, to assessment and teacher development. You can also find members of the team in the Pearson tent throughout the event; if you… Read more

Education in the age of cyborgs: the effects of extended intelligence

16th June 2017

In October last year Barack Obama guest edited a special issue of Wired magazine entitled Final Frontiers. In it, he discussed the opportunities and challenges new technologies might pose in the future. Artificial intelligence was foremost amongst these. In an interview with Obama, Joi Ito of MIT referred to extended… Read more

Stargazing in the Australian Outback: the limitations of science in education

13th May 2017

There have been a number of arguments in the online world recently around the role of scientific research in education. One has been particularly close to home. My colleague Ellie Mulcahy wrote a fascinating blog on a new piece of research that questioned our current models for the mechanisms behind… Read more

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… 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… Read more

The LKMco Youth and Education Podcast

#004 – Research round up: Neuro media, The Matrix and flow

16th June 2017

How would teachers need to be in a future world where knowledge was embedded instantly into our brains? Read more

#003 – Will Millard: Oracy. Learning well through talk

2nd June 2017

In this episode of the LKMco Youth and Education podcast, Iesha talks to colleague Will Millard. Will is an educational researcher and former English teacher.

They discuss Will’s report Oracy: The state of speaking in our schools. They also explore how teachers can be more intentional in using talk effectively in the classroom to improve learning. Read more

#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… Read more