About LKMco

Who We Are

We believe society should ensure all children and young people receive the support they need to make a fulfilling transition to adulthood. We work towards this belief by articulating a vision for a society which does so, inspiring a desire to pursue it and enabling organisations to achieve it.

We work across the education, youth and policy sectors. We help organisations develop and evaluate projects for young people and carry out academic and policy research and campaigning about the issues that experience tells us matter.

What We Do

We carry out policy research and campaigning as well as working directly with schools, teachers, and education and youth organisations.

  • We research, write and publish in order to influence policy makers, those working in the sector and the public as a whole. 
  • We work with education and youth organisations by developing and managing new projects, assessing impact and improving quality. 
  • We generate our income from the work we do and use it to fund more work on the issues which our experience and research tell us make a difference to young people.

Our social impact reports tell us we are good at:

  • Pinning down the crux of a problem and finding a solution.
  • Building strong and fun relationships.
  • Working quickly, rigorously and without fuss.
  • Relating everything we do back to our experience of working with young people and our understanding of the sector.

We’re always keen to hear from new talent so if you’re committed to our mission and would like to find out more  about working for us, do get in touch!

Our Team

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Loic Menzies

Director

Loic Menzies is Director of LKMco, a Tutor for Canterbury Christ Church University’s Faculty of Education and a trustee of the charities UnLtd and SexYOUality. He was previously Associate Senior Manager and Head of History and Social Sciences at St. George’s R.C. School in North West London. Before that he was a youth worker involved in youth participation and young person-led community projects. He now specialises in education policy, youth development, social enterprise and school-based teacher training. He holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford.

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Anna Trethewey

Senior Associate

Anna Trethewey is a Senior Associate at LKMco. She is an experienced teacher and manager and has extensive youthwork experience. Anna specialises in helping organisations at a strategic level, increasing the impact they have on disadvantaged young people. Previously, Anna taught in Lewisham and Norwich and was a learning Associate for Teach First and Christ Church University College.

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Eleanor Bernardes

Associate

Eleanor Bernardes is an Associate at LKMco and draws together a broad base of education, research, arts and business experience. She has over ten years experience in education, most recently at the RSA Academy in Tipton where she was Literacy Coordinator and a Team Leader for the RSA Curriculum ‘Opening Minds’. She was also closely involved with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) in developing the Approaches to Learning strand of the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). She was awarded a distinction for her MA in Educational Leadership from Warwick University.

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Sam Baars

Research Associate

Sam Baars is a Research Associate at LKMco. He has particular interests in youth research, area-based inequalities and social science impact, and has experience using a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, from film-based work in schools to rapid research reviews and large-scale survey analysis. Sam believes that robust, innovative social research is the key to tackling the barriers that prevent some young people from making fulfilling transitions to adulthood, and he channels this belief into a range of research projects at LKMco. Sam holds a PhD in Social Change from the University of Manchester.

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Bart Shaw

Associate

Bart Shaw is an Associate at LKMco and combines experience of policy making at the heart of central government with hands-on experience as a teacher and middle leader in school. Bart joined the Department for Education and Skills as part of the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2006. There he developed, delivered and evaluated national policies including the £13 million subsidy pathfinder which helped disadvantaged students access after-school activities. He left in 2011 to work directly in schools. Bart holds an MA in Governance and Development from the University of Sussex and has been a trustee and advisor for the charity Development Nepal.

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Charleen Chiong

Junior Associate

Charleen is a junior associate at LKMco whilst undertaking a Ph.D. (Education, Inequality and Development) at Cambridge University, on a Cambridge International Scholarship. She is also an affiliated student at the university's Research for Equitable Access for Learning (REAL) Centre. Charleen strongly believes in the potential of education to increase social justice, and in the importance of bridging the gaps between research, policy and practice.

Charleen’s Ph.D. explores how the different socio-political and cultural contexts of schooling in two countries, Singapore and Finland, shape opportunities for children of different socio-economic backgrounds in developing 21st-century skills. She is interested in what we can learn from these two high-performing systems, in building an education system that is both socially just and relevant.

Previously, she has completed research projects on creativity initiatives in Singapore, and on the evolution of citizenship education policy in England. She holds a First-Class (Honours) degree in Education with English from Cambridge University, and a Masters of Science in Comparative and International Education (Distinction) from Oxford University. Her research interests span sociology of education, children's psycho-social wellbeing, comparative education and inequalities in education.

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Iesha Small

Guest blogger

Iesha Small is Assistant Headteacher at Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire and a guest blogger at LKMco.

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Ellie Mulcahy

Junior Associate

Ellie has a background in Psychology research and the Early Years and previously worked as a reception teacher in a school in Ramsgate, Kent.

She believes that the Foundation Stage plays a crucially important role in education as it shapes children’s attitudes to education and lays the foundation for them to achieve their potential. Ellie has worked alongside Teach First to develop the Early Years Programme and support programme participants, and, as a freelance researcher for Teach First and the Behavioural Insights Team.

Our Projects

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‘The Alternative Should Not Be Inferior: What now for pushed out learners?’

A ‘think piece’ on the need for high quality provision to support young people ‘pushed out’ of mainstream education (2015).

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‘Will we ever have a fair education for all?: The Fair Education Alliance Report Card’

Lead researcher for the Fair Education Alliance’s report (2014)

‘Beyond RE: The Role of Intercultural Education in schools and communities’

A report for 3FF (The Three Faiths Forum) examining the lessons policymakers and practitioners can draw from successful intercultural projects, (2015).

Our Latest Blogs

Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Harnessing teachers’ professional satisfaction

10th May 2016

This morning I spoke about teacher recruitment and retention at the launch of The Key’s 2016 State of Education Report. Here’s what I said: I welcome this important, useful and worrying State of education report from The Key which provides us with incredibly useful data that will help us better understand what is going on in the … Read more

Social Impact report, new status and expanded team at LKMco

29th April 2016

Today we are publishing our 6th annual social impact report and announcing three new appointments as well as a change of legal status. Our latest report finds that that over the last year we have impacted on 95% of clients in at least one of our intended areas. It also includes three case studies illustrating the range of ways we have supported the … Read more

Should we fine parents?

26th April 2016

Last week, The Fair Education Alliance launched its 2015 report on ‘closing the gap’ in UK education, and a focus on parental engagement was one of the top recommendations for improvement. However, Sir Michael Wilshaw, caused controversy by suggesting that the solution might involve Heads fining parents. Whilst parental involvement has a larger impact on … Read more