Eleanor began teaching in 2002, most recently at the RSA Academy in Tipton where she was a Team Leader for Opening Minds helping to design and implement the innovative new curriculum, and then as Literacy Coordinator with responsibility for improving student outcomes at KS3 across the curriculum. During this time she was also very closely involved with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and completed a secondment with the IBO to develop the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC) with a focus on the Approaches to Learning course. Eleanor was awarded a distinction in her MA in Educational Leadership from Warwick University, which assessed the impact of a literacy intervention in one academy. She used a combination of literature review and quantitative data analysis of the effect sizes of student outcomes across Years 7 and 8 over a four year period (collecting and analysing data from well over 1,000 students in total).
Highlights in Eleanor’s education career include: facilitating workshops for the IBO in the Americas and Europe, Africa and the Middle East; Working with the leadership teams of Lahore Grammar Schools on Primary Phase curriculum development; and working with ASDAN on writing GCSE specifications.
Previously to this, Eleanor has had an incredibly varied career giving her a unique range of experiences across the education sector, the arts, and within business management.
Having begun working internationally as an actress at the age of 14, Eleanor originally trained as a physical theatre performer at Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama. In 2002 she became General Manager of Zecora Ura Theatre International, whilst also working closely with Creativity in Education (through Welling Arts Partnership), regularly teaching in challenging schools throughout South East London, and facilitating at the 2004 ‘Conference for Creativity in Education’.
Eleanor then moved into hospitality management becoming the General Manager of Zerodegrees (Blackheath) in 2005 where she led a team of 45 across 4 departments. By 2007 she was given the task of trouble-shooting/change-management of a venue outside of London, and in 2008 she opened Zerodegrees Cardiff at the gates of the Millennium Stadium.
Eleanor’s work at LKMco draws together this broad base of educational, research, arts and business experience.