About us

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

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

The Key supports more than 45% of schools in England

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. Every day we answer new questions from school leaders and governors, and every week we engage with local authorities, multi-academy trusts and leading figures in the public sector. These deep connections give us unparalleled insights into concerns, trends and good practice.

Information services

Our national information services, The Key for School Leaders and The Key for School Governors, support nearly half of schools in England. Members have instant access to impartial information and guidance, practical resources and answers to questions on all aspects of school leadership and management.

Professional development

Our CPD Toolkit of ready-to-deliver training modules provides everything schools need to run high-impact and cost-effective in-house 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. These market-leading products enable local authorities, multi-academy trusts and others in the public sector to advertise, manage, track and deliver CPD and online learning, support workforce development, facilitate effective communication and promote traded services.

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