The Key provides high-quality, trusted information and online solutions to the education and wider public sector. The Sunday Times named us as one of the companies making a “big impact on Britain”.*

At the heart of everything we do is a passionate commitment to helping organisations save time, work smarter and deliver better results for the communities they serve.

*The Sunday Times, 4 December 2016


Who is The Key?

Our market-leading information services, professional development and online platform solutions help busy professionals work with increased confidence, knowledge and capacity.

We are driven by a public service ethos, from our history and roots in serving the education sector to our growth into supporting the wider public sector.

What services does The Key provide?

The Key for School Leaders

The Key for School Leaders is a national information service that provides busy school leaders with guidance, insight and instant answers to their questions on all aspects of school leadership and management.

The Key for School Governors

The Key for School Governors is a national information service that provides governors with guidance, insight and instant answers to their questions on all aspects of governance.

CPD Toolkit

The Key's toolkit of ready-to-deliver CPD modules provides everything you need to run high-impact, in-school training for teachers, leaders and support staff. Each module is designed to be delivered by staff to staff to support deep learning that drives school improvement.

Compliance Tracker

Our Compliance Tracker helps maintained schools and academies to track their statutory obligations and monitor compliance, all in one place. The customisable tracker covers the major areas of school compliance, from safeguarding to financial management.

Safeguarding Training Centre

Our Safeguarding Training Centre helps schools and academies to ensure their CPD goes beyond compliance. It combines face-to-face training materials, tracked assessments, a knowledge resource bank, eLearning and more.

Online platform solutions

The Key has merged with WebBased, a leading provider of online platform solutions that help organisations work more effectively and save money.

Our history

An independent survey of school leaders in 2007 found that what they wanted overwhelmingly was practical information they could trust, delivered promptly in a no-nonsense way. That’s how The Key began.

Since then, The Key has grown from a pilot project, funded by central government, to become an independent company now serving more than 45% of schools in England.

Careers at The Key

The Key could be your opportunity to make a profound difference to the working lives of 100,000 school leaders and governors, and others across the education sector. We are a team of socially conscious, passionate people, who are all motivated to do something incredible.

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Our expertise

With membership of The Key, you’ve got our experts at your fingertips, giving you accurate, impartial answers, quickly. Over the years we have carefully built up a well-rounded network of expertise, including our independent in-house research team, specialist associate experts, contacts throughout the sector and close relationships with teaching schools.

We do not use commercial affiliates: we only use experts who can provide information and guidance that is in your best interests.

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