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What is The Key?

The support that matters. For the decisions that count.

The guidance, resources and CPD that matter to your school, staff and governors right now. Designed to actively engage, and make a real impact.

✓ Quality assured by in-house education specialists

✓ Tailored to you, delivered in the right format for the task in hand

✓ In-depth support for all staff, covering much more than compliance

Rated the must-have support by 8 out of 10 school leaders.

With over 4,300 resources, The Key offers the most comprehensive, time-saving support to schools. Over 80% of school leaders rated The Key as an essential resource, worth every penny.

Source: market research by education.co.uk, 2023.

Educational Impact

improve school processes
82%
reduce teacher workload
64%
improve teacher knowledge
60%
improve teaching efficiency
48%
save school money
45%
CompanyBusiness Name: The Key
HQ Location: United Kingdom
Founded: 2007
Age Range5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-16, 17-18
FeaturesProfessional Development CpdOnline SafetySafeguardingStatutory Requirements School Improvement Ofsted Inspection Staff TrainingPerformance Management Staff DevelopmentGain CertificationGovernance Budget Setting Training Planning
LanguagesEnglish
AccessibilityRobust features
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The Key pricing starts from £764.4 / year

This price is for Whole School membership for a school with 0 - 50 pupils.

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The Key Reviews

4.6 out of 5

from 23 Verified Reviews

The Key has collected 23 reviews in the past 6 months

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Christine

Education Partnership Manager

Croydon Council HQ, England

Used The Key occasionally for 0–3 months

May 2024

a lot of information that is easily accessible

Christine found The Key:
  • Slightly saves school money
    Policies and procedures
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    Able to access curriculum material
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
    Up to date CPD
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge
    Video content
  • Slightly improves school processes
    Policy update
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Keith

Governor

England

Used The Key monthly for 1-2 years

May 2024

Regular notice of skill training and detailed suggestions for improvement

Keith found The Key:
  • Does not significantly save school money
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge
    Safeguarding
  • Significantly improves school processes
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Paul Smith

Finance Manager

Used The Key monthly for 1-2 years

Mar 2024

It helps keep up to date on current issues and regulations and helps with solutions

Reply from The Key:Dear Paul, thank you for leaving positive feedback. We're pleased to see that our resources have helped to improve your schools processes. Tamara.
Paul Smith found The Key:
  • Slightly saves school money
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge
  • Significantly improves school processes
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Helen Ridout

Headteacher

Ysgol Bryn Castell, Wales

Used The Key weekly for 5 years+

Mar 2024

Invaluable resource that saves time and offers high quality information

Reply from The Key:Dear Helen, thank you for taking the time to leave 5* feedback. We're pleased to hear that our resources and guidance have helped to improved your school processes, and reduced teacher workload. Tamara.
Helen Ridout found The Key:
  • Moderately saves school money
    Saves time, reduces workload
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    All information in one place
  • Moderately improves teaching efficiency
    Sharing best practice
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge
    Sharing good practice
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Used all the time to review and influence systems and policies from full rewrites to reviews, interview questions, restructures etc etc
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Stephanie Starkey

School Business Manager

Used The Key monthly for 5 years+

Mar 2024

I would recommend to a SBM as its good for the guidance. Not sure how The Key helps with teachers.

Reply from The Key:Hi Stephanie, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re pleased to see that you have found our guidance helpful as an SBM. While we do primarily serve senior leaders, we have lots of resources that support teachers too, in areas such as in assessment and feedback. We'd love to hear your thoughts on what else you'd like to see from The Key. If you'd be able to make time for this, please drop us an email at enquiries@thekeysupport.com. Thanks again, Tamara.
Stephanie Starkey found The Key:
  • Does not save school money
    None
  • Does not significantly reduce teacher workload
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
  • Does not significantly improve teacher knowledge
  • Significantly improves school processes
    I use it to refer to for policies, guidance, examples etc
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Kuben Reddy

Assistant Head Teacher

Used The Key weekly for 5 years+

Mar 2024

Lots of useful information re. policies, interview questions, curriculum info, OFSTED guidance etc.

Reply from The Key:Dear Kuben, thank you for your positive feedback! We're pleased to hear that our resources have helped improve teacher knowledge and reduced workload at your school. Tamara.
Kuben Reddy found The Key:
  • Does not significantly save school money
    Not really
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Key information re. curriculum, policies etc. that are helpful
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
    Useful resources and training presentations
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge
    Lots of useful information
  • Moderately improves school processes
    Policies
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Ian Partington

Academy Business Manager

St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary Academy, England

Used The Key weekly for 5 years+

Mar 2024

We find the key easy to understand plain english style and informative

Reply from The Key:Dear Ian, thank you for taking the time to give us positive feedback. Tamara.
Ian Partington found The Key:
  • Slightly saves school money
    Tender information
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    not applicable
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
    not applicable
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge
    not applicable
  • Moderately improves school processes
    Finance information and general guidance
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Tracy Strutt

School Business Manager

Used The Key weekly for 3-4 years

Mar 2024

On hand information when needed

Reply from The Key:Dear Tracy, thank you for taking the time to share your 5* feedback with us. We're pleased to hear that our recruitment resources has helped improve your school processes! Tamara.
Tracy Strutt found The Key:
  • Slightly saves school money
    Used for interview questions - better recruitment
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Recruitment and job role lists
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Beverley Hughes

Business Manager

Avenue Primary School, England

Used The Key occasionally for 5 years+

Mar 2024

The key is good as a resource to keep you updated, but overall it is expensive and has little effect on the school overall, as the sections most relevant you have to pay an additional subscription to use them.

Reply from The Key:Hi Beverley, thank you for taking the time to leave a review, as it really helps us understand what improvements we can make for members like you. We'd love to hear more about your experience of using The Key. If you'd be able to make time for this, please drop us an email at enquiries@thekeysupport.com. Thanks again, Tamara.
Beverley Hughes found The Key:
  • Does not save school money
    costly for what it provides the school
  • Does not significantly reduce teacher workload
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
    None
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge
    Safeguarding updates
  • Slightly improves school processes
    None
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Rebecca Fawcett

Operations Manager

President Kennedy School, England

Used The Key weekly for 7–12 months

Mar 2024

Very clear guidance, always up to date, examples of how other schools have used the information

Reply from The Key:Dear Rebecca, thank you for taking the time to share your 5* feedback with us! Tamara.
Rebecca Fawcett found The Key:
  • Slightly saves school money
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge
  • Moderately improves school processes
    Good advice and guidance on topical issues, some of which is new information.
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Simon Jaggard

Headt Teacher

St. Joseph's Specialist Trust, England

Used The Key occasionally for 5 years+

Mar 2024

Yes its a very useful organisation for templates as they have done the work for you

Reply from The Key:Dear Simon, thank you for taking the time to leave us a positive review. We're pleased to hear that our resources have helped to significantly reduce your teachers' workload. Tamara.
Simon Jaggard found The Key:
  • Slightly saves school money
    It provides an excellent time saving reference library of resource information
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    See before
  • Does not improve teaching efficiency
    NA
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge
    Useful for developing policies
  • Slightly improves school processes
    interview structures
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Eamonn Kelly

Deputy Head Teacher

Used The Key weekly for 5 years+

Mar 2024

It's excellent

Reply from The Key:Dear Eamonn, thank you for your positive review! We’re pleased to hear that we've helped your school save money on training resources. Tamara.
Eamonn Kelly found The Key:
  • Significantly saves school money
    Training Resources
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Policy examples etc.
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge
  • Moderately improves school processes
    various documentation
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Angela Purchon

School Business Manager

Robin Hood Primary School, England

Used The Key weekly for 5 years+

Mar 2024

It is a good tool

Reply from The Key:Dear Angela, thank you for your 5* review! We’re pleased to hear that we've helped to improve your school processes. Tamara.
Angela Purchon found The Key:
  • Slightly saves school money
    .
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    .
  • Slightly improves teaching efficiency
    .
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge
    .
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Policies
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Elizabeth Leer

Deputy Headteacher

Rothesay Nursery School, England

Used The Key occasionally for 3-4 years

Mar 2024

I am likely to recommend

Reply from The Key:Dear Elizabeth, thank you for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. Tamara.
Elizabeth Leer found The Key:
  • Does not significantly save school money
    No
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    SEND Impact report, Ofsted guidance
  • Moderately improves school processes
    Policy frameworks
  • Does not significantly improve behaviour or wellbeing
    No
  • Slightly improves attainment
    No
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Jayne

Headteacher

Used The Key weekly for 5 years+

Mar 2024

Whatever I look for I usually find something that supports me to achieve my outcome. I would be lost without it!

Reply from The Key:Dear Jayne, thank you for taking the time to share your 5* feedback. We’re pleased to hear that you’ve had a positive experience with us. Tamara.
Jayne found The Key:
  • Slightly saves school money
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Policies
  • Significantly improves school processes
    performance management
  • Slightly improves behaviour or wellbeing
  • Slightly improves attainment
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Amy Myers

Deputy Headteacher

Used The Key weekly for 1-2 years

Mar 2024

I recommend this all the time and was mentioning it at our women in leadership conference today!

Reply from The Key:Dear Amy, thank you for taking the time to share your 5* feedback. We’re pleased to hear that you mentioned us at a leadership conference! Tamara.
Amy Myers found The Key:
  • Slightly saves school money
    time saved for leaders to find good information and resources
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Using the well-being plans to help teachers with workload and capacity
  • Significantly improves school processes
    recruitment process
  • Moderately improves behaviour or wellbeing
    Well-being support planning, well-being initiative development
  • Slightly improves attainment
    Nothing springs to mind at this moment
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Kerry

School Business Lead

Compass Learning Centre, England

Used The Key weekly for 5 years+

Mar 2024

Provides the most up to date and relevant info

Reply from The Key:Dear Kerry, thank you for your 5* review. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback as it helps us learn what we can do to meet your needs as a member. Tamara.
Kerry found The Key:
  • Slightly saves school money
    filtering and monitoring info
  • Does not significantly reduce teacher workload
  • Moderately improves school processes
    GDPR, KCSIE
  • Does not improve behaviour or wellbeing
  • Does not improve attainment
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Steph

Head Teacher

St Helen's Church of England Primary School, England

Used The Key daily for 5 years+

Mar 2024

Sometimes it is not easy to search what you are looking for

Reply from The Key:Dear Steph, thank you for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to share what we can improve on to help meet your needs as a school. Tamara.
Steph found The Key:
  • Does not significantly save school money
    None
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    CDP opportunities, safeguarding updates
  • Moderately improves school processes
    Policies and procedures
  • Slightly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    Ideas/examples for behaviour
  • Slightly improves attainment
    Updates in bite size format from DfE
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Alison

Deputy Head

Used The Key weekly for 5 years+

Mar 2024

I have always used the key for templates, ideas and I check the weekly roundup all the time. Thank you

Reply from The Key:Dear Alison, thank you for taking the time to share your 5* feedback. We’re so pleased to hear that you’ve had a positive experience with us. Tamara.
Alison found The Key:
  • Moderately saves school money
    Less courses and time out of school because you have the information
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    We are given the key changes in documents saving us time in reading the whole thing
  • Significantly improves school processes
    The calendar of events and the reminders when things need to be done by
  • Moderately improves behaviour or wellbeing
    It will give ideas and strategies.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    N/A
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Kim Paling

Academy Business Manager

Thrunscoe Primary and Nursery Academy, England

Used The Key daily for 5 years+

Mar 2024

It's my 'go to' place for guidance on policy and procedures. Several of our leadership and admin teams use The Key regularly.

Reply from The Key:Dear Kim, thank you for taking the time to share your lovely feedback. We’re pleased to hear that you view The Key as your 'go to' source for guidance on policy and procedures. Tamara.
Kim Paling found The Key:
  • Slightly saves school money
    Saving on consultancy fees when writing policies
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    Having resources, templates & examples available
  • Significantly improves school processes
    Policy writing simplified. Recruitment guidance.
  • Does not significantly improve behaviour or wellbeing
    .
  • Slightly improves attainment
    Availability of guidance
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Laxhmi Solder

School Business Leader

Used The Key monthly for 5 years+

Mar 2024

There is a lot of information and advice that can be found on The Key if you need help.

Reply from The Key:Dear Kim, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback as a School Business Leader. It helps us understand what we can do to meet you and your school's needs. Tamara.
Laxhmi Solder found The Key:
  • Slightly saves school money
    I don't have any examples.
  • Does not significantly reduce teacher workload
    I don't have any examples of this.
  • Moderately improves school processes
    Updates on safeguarding
  • Slightly improves behaviour or wellbeing
    Don't have any examples
  • Slightly improves attainment
    No examples
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Clare

Deputy Headteacher

Used The Key weekly for 5 years+

Mar 2024

It is a great resource that supports leaders and teachers in many aspects of education

Reply from The Key:Dear Clare, thank you for your review. Your feedback is valuable to us as it helps us understand what we can do to meet your school's needs. Tamara.
Clare found The Key:
  • Does not significantly save school money
    No
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Writing of policies, guidance that otherwise would take time to find
  • Slightly improves school processes
    Policies
  • Does not significantly improve behaviour or wellbeing
    No
  • Does not significantly improve attainment
    No
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Rachael

Assistant Principal

Ark Byron, England

Used The Key weekly for 7–12 months

Feb 2024

It has some excellent resources and I can imagine in a school that is not part of a large trust is crucial. We have a central team to draw on however, the key is invaluable at having those last minute bits and pieces a leader needs. I would still advocate for it's use even within a school which has other sources to draw on. They are still developing their EY resources, but have been so opening to listening to what was lacking in order to rectify this!

Reply from The Key:Dear Rachel, thank you for your thorough review! Your feedback is valuable to us as it helps us to meet your needs as a member of The Key. Tamara.
Rachael found The Key:
  • Slightly saves school money
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    For the leaders that use it, it reduces a lot of the time spent thinking and creating templates.
  • Moderately improves school processes
    During OFSTED it was crucial in supporting leaders to check they had everything to hand - reducing a significant amount of pressure and ensuring that we were ready!
  • Moderately improves behaviour or wellbeing
  • Slightly improves attainment
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