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Innovative approach to NC2014 | Non-school educational programmes
Innovative approach to NC2014
Curious-city is a fresh approach to NC2014. Its basis is an enquiry-led pedagogy that gets learners becoming “states of being”, such as Authors, Scientists and Historians, rather than focusing on topics or projects. A framework of “engage, practice, challenge” ensures a balance between knowledge and skills, encouraging independent learning and genuine curiosity. Overarching themes and structure are aligned with cognitive development through all primary year groups, creating a progression of understanding clear in the work produced.
The pedagogy, along with local learning, community and culture form the core of an innovative, engaging framework which aligns with Ofsted’s new focus on an intent/ implementation/ impact structure. We consider the needs of each school individually and work with closely with them to achieve their goals.
Lighting up Learning Director Nicholas Garrick on one of the ways that a school has engaged with Curious-city
Different Curious-city approaches in various settings
Non-school educational programmes
We also use our detailed knowledge of the curriculum and our years in teaching to create educational materials and programmes for non-school organisations. Most recently this has involved work with both the WWT and the League Against Cruel Sports. This has centred around designing and writing a suite of pre, during and post visit questions and tasks that help schools get the most of their trips, as well as helping the organisations consider their in school offers. These were, of course, bespoke to the needs of the settings and organisations themselves.
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Initial teacher training and NQTs
Teaching is a tough job, but also a hugely rewarding and inspiring one. The difference between those who flourish and those who struggle is good training and support. We've spent years running courses, advising schools and training and mentoring to help new teachers thrive. We now also have our very own Salaried School Direct course, giving career changers a great route into primary teaching.
Here are some of our past and current relationships:
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Coaching, mentoring & counselling
Coaching can be a challenging approach to understand. Many people have experienced 'coaching' when in fact it was mentoring or are interested in it don't really understand how it can help them. It can easily be seen as a 'loose' approach when in fact it is robust, focused and highly effective.
Coaching is for everyone and is a sign of professional and personal strength when an aspiring leader, struggling teacher or Executive Headteacher seeks out the insight it can provide.
These are actual examples of work we've done and the effect it has had.
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Facilitating system-wide change
Working overseas in other cultures presents unique situations. Whether it's understanding how to move a single school forward or implementing system-wide change across a whole country, you need a delicate blend of understanding and the willingness to challenge entrenched opinions.
These are some of the countries we've worked with over the past decade, helping governments and organisations make progress in even the most difficult circumstances:
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CPD: training & skills enhancement
We offer various programmes of training for all levels of education, from NQTs or TAs to Senior Leadership. We’ve designed curricula, run schools, built schools and even created educational systems for entire countries. More importantly, we’ve all spent years in the classroom, so we understand the challenges faced by educators at all levels. If there’s something you’re interested in consulting us on, please get in touch on email@example.com. Our current courses are below.
Upcoming CPD opportunities
November & December
English Skills Enhancement - Three hour sessions in SPAG, Phonics, Reading and Writing for all year groups. Find out more