Milk’s story and mission

Milk (My Independent Learning Kit) is a software application developed and sold by Milk Student Planner System Ltd, a British EdTech company founded by UK ‘teacherpreneur’ Mike Dowling.

Mike trained and taught in Australia for over 5 years, before returning to his native UK to teach.  His return to England to teach posed a professional culture shock and Mike had to quickly adapt to the gruelling workload and high-stakes accountability that typically defines teaching in England (and increasingly so all over the world today).  After 5 years of teaching in England, including maths teacher posts at two schools in ‘special measures’, Mike identified the need for a technology-driven workflow system to relieve teacher administration.

Today, our mission is the same as the ideals that drove Milk’s creation at the beginning – to improve learner effectiveness by reinforcing the trinity of teacher, student and parent with better access to student-centric data, shared accountability and less arduous administration for teachers.

A word from our founder

“More student centricity is needed in EdTech.  If you pardon my allegory of horse racing – there is plenty that focuses on the jockey (teacher) and horse-owner (parent), but what about the horse (student/child) itself?  What about their learning experiences? We can drag these proverbial horses to water with flashy EdTech, but can we make them drink!?  Milk’s approach is different.  I’d say Milk is evolving toward becoming increasingly student-centric.  We don’t believe EdTech will replace teachers, instead it will just extend their capacities to mentor and inspire students who will have more opportunities through EdTech to explore their own unique learning journeys.”

Mike Dowling, Educator and Founder of Milk

Positive Way Forward

“79% of parents have said that MILK has been a positive way forward and 74% have said it makes it easier to understand the homework”

Newent Community School (UK) parent survey January 2017

Student Improvement

UK school pilot study has shown Milk to improve student lateness by 87% and homework submission by 44%.


Average UK high schools will save in the region of £7500 a year on paper planners, texting services and photocopying if using Milk’s messaging features and file uploads.