Our theory of change

We believe positive change happens when education leaders can take meaningful action.


The pace of change in education means there is no shortage of theory, opinion and advice on what leaders need to do and what they need to know. Leaders themselves have never been under more pressure to be effective or had less time to plan, prioritise and learn.

In a world like this, ambitious and aspiring educational leaders are in constant need of reliable, relevant and authoritative knowledge that’s ready to use.

Our vision & mission

Brilliant people are at the heart of our business. Since our founding in 2007 as a government pilot, we’ve grown into a can-do collective of experts, writers, strategic thinkers, researchers and technologists who are deeply committed to serving the needs of education leaders across the country.

Our vision is to be an indispensable partner to education leaders determined to make a difference.

Who are we?

We believe that positive change happens in schools when education leaders are empowered to take meaningful action. Great leadership at all levels requires context, confidence and the knowledge to act.

We invest in people, content and systems that support over 160,000 school leaders and governors in 16,000 schools across the UK.


Careers at The Key

The Key Group could be your opportunity to make a profound difference to the working lives of hundreds of thousands of education leaders across the country. We are a team of socially conscious, passionate people, who are all motivated to do something incredible.

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We believe that positive change only happens when education leaders are empowered to take meaningful action.

We are The Key

We give leaders in education the knowledge to act.

Our mission-orientated brands

The Key

The Key provides up-to-the-minute sector intelligence and resources that empower education leaders with the knowledge to act. Our content & tool based services support more than 12,500 schools across UK.


The GovernorHub enables school governors, trustees and clerks at over 8,000 schools to collaborate, communicate and support school improvement.


ScholarPack supports 1,500 primary schools across the country, and was recently recognised in the Lincolnshire Tech Awards for its COVID-19 response effort.

Arbor Education

Arbor is the UK’s fastest-growing provider of school MIS, used by over 1,300 schools and 110 trusts to work more collaboratively, free staff from busywork, and make a measurable improvement to the way they work each day.