We change the way people think about leading and learning

Ten years ago, someone said, '... you go around lighting up learning'.

It stuck.

'Described as catalysts, we seek to support leaders and teachers to make the changes they want and need to ensure the young people of today become the adults of tomorrow: the articulate, confident, free-thinking global leaders they need to become.

This sounds grand, but the time to rethink education is now. We need to move away from today's revolution against policy and seek to evolve education through cultural change over time. As an organisation, we do this through being knowledge-engaged, using a combination of experience, research and theory. We are particularly committed to representing our broad and rich society to enhance curriculum and leadership.

As a group of practising teachers and leaders, we work with people on the ground in classrooms and staff rooms to affect practice and policy both in the UK and in countries such as Colombia, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Zambia. We do not make the change, we are not a SWOT team.

We help affect change from the inside and work with people in schools, trusts and charities for the long haul. We mark our success when we are no longer needed.

Evolution takes time.'

Nicholas Garrick

Founder and Managing Director

Curriculum is our 'thing'

Every school is unique and should have a bespoke curriculum. It is not enough to schools stats that they teach the National Curriculum... that is the minimum.

We enable schools to discover what makes them special and support them from our Specialist Curriculum Architects reviewing content and progression through to constructing a curriculum localised and bespoke to their school, learners and families. Many primary schools and KS3 settings engage with our Curious-city approach to enquiry based learning: an enhanced progressive framework to integrating the National Curriculum with new and big ideas of the 21st century.

As a guide to how we might support, please see the 'curriculum continuum' below

New for 2020/2021

Curious Citizens

Enquiry-led RE, PSHE and British Values. A balance of lighter touch enquiries that challenge learners concepts of the world and how they are a part it. Curious Citizens uses images, texts and websites as the main source of stimulus to a philosopher approach that can be taught discretely or embedded into enquiries.

Curious Computing

Designed for NQTs and experienced computing specialists alike, the enquiry-led approach uses open sources, common or inexpensive resources to explore computing in its broadest sense, not just programming. It can be used as a discrete subject or alongside Curious-city 2.0 enquiries and exceeds the expectations of the National Curriculum.

Curious Linguists

Created for non-specialist teachers, Curious Linguists is a whole school approach. It looks at languages and cultures, not just a language and engages learners through immersive experiences. The KS2 enquiries specifically build confidence and curiosity of languages and through careful mentoring from fluent speakers, they become linguists.

All curious approaches can be taught discreetly in any setting or enhance a Curious-city Catalyst Curriculum.

Meet the team

Teachers, leaders and specialists: every single member of the team works in and with schools, on the ground. Every team member is part-time as they have leadership roles in or support schools, organisations and charities, such as Unit DX, Thrive, This Mum Runs and House of Imagination.

Every member has been invited to work with us. We don't advertise for positions, we are interested in finding the people with similar mindsets, drive and passion for change.

Nicholas Garrick

Founder & Managing Director
Nicholas is an EYFS & Curriculum Specialist and is currently finishing his Doctorate.

Ali Camp

Co Director
Passionate about everything history and heritage, Ali knows (almost) everyone.

Sam Wilson


Company SecretaryPA to Directors

Charlie Proctor

Company SecretaryCharities Specialist

Amy Garroch


Curriculum Architect and English Specialist

Ed Harker


Curriculum Architect and EYFS Specialist

Kevin Jones


Curriculum Architect, Leadership & Development Specialist

Jo Lee

Curriculum ArchitectSEND Specialist

The extended Lighting up Learning team

Liz Gavrilenko

Associate: Languages and KS3 Specialist

Celia Jenkins

Associate: English Specialist

Kristian Hancock

Associate: Executive Coach

Catriona Mangham

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