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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

Developing creative writing in schools

25th February 2019

Today marks the publication of findings from our three-year long evaluation of Arts Council England’s ‘Creative Writing in Schools’ (CWiS) programme. What did we evaluate? In 2015, Arts Council England committed £1.2m to fund CWiS, which: Was a three-year long programme delivered by First Story and Paper Nations; Involved 3,000 pupils…

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‘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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Latest Posts

Developing creative writing in schools

25th February 2019

Today marks the publication of findings from our three-year long evaluation of Arts Council England’s ‘Creative Writing in Schools’ (CWiS) programme. What did we evaluate? In 2015, Arts Council England committed £1.2m to fund CWiS, which: Was a three-year long programme delivered by First Story and Paper Nations; Involved 3,000 pupils…

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The DfE’s Recruitment and Retention Strategy: The good the bad and the ugly…

28th January 2019

Today’s recruitment and retention strategy from the DfE is a welcome step in tackling a challenge that has cast a long shadow over the sector. It is premised on a suprisingly humble admission that there needs to be “an adjustment of focus, recognising that greater attention must be given to…

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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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The LKMco Youth and Education Podcast