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

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Who are 'we'

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Nicholas Garrick

FounderManaging Director
Nicholas is an EYFS & Curriculum Specialist and is currently finishing his Doctorate.
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Ali Camp

Co DirectorCurious-city Lead
Passionate about everything history and heritage, Ali knows (almost) everyone.
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Sam Wilson

Company SecretaryPA to Directors
The most important person in the company and was there at the beginning.

Charlie Proctor

Company SecretaryDirector's AssistantCharities Specialist
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Amy Garroch

Curriculum Architect and English Specialist
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Ed Harker

Curriculum Architect and EYFS Specialist
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Kevin Jones

Curriculum Architect, Leadership & Development Specialist

Jo Lee

Company SecretaryDirector's AssistantCharities Specialist

The Extended Lighting up Learning Team

Liz Gavrilenko

Curious Linguists Project Developer

Kristian Hancock

Executive CoachSchool Improvement Advisor

Celia Jenkins

Curious-city SupportEnglish Specialist

Womble Garrick

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