Encouraging you to take risks, asking tough questions, making change happen
This is all you really need to know
We're a Bristol-based team made up only of people who have been and often still are teachers and school leaders. We understand education because we live it and work in it every day. We know its unique rhythms, frustrations and the joy of those little victories. We have developed a pretty clear idea of how it can be done better, including creating our own curriculum approach, but we will work with you on your plans and your aims, not drop a package or a system on you. We will challenge you where we think it necessary, and help you make real progress where it often seems impossible.
We work in five teams with different specialities: Teaching Futures for training new teachers, Coaching Partners for individual and team coaching, LEAD for work with cultural and heritage organisations and International for overseas work. We've also developed our own locally-focused, enquiry-led curriculum, Curious-city™.
Here's a little more detail if you want it
The team, the mission and the dog
Lighting up Learning is a team composed exclusively of people who are either working in education or have extensive teaching experience. This is something that Director Nicholas Garrick has always felt was vital to understanding the challenges that practitioners face.
What we're trying to do is to inspire creativity and curiosity in schools, not just among the children but also in teachers and leaders, because brilliant education makes people excited by what they're learning and teaching.
Among the team we've got curriculum lead experience, school leaders, qualified coaches and trainers, as well as more collective hours than we'd care to admit of classroom time. Even Nicholas' dog is an experienced therapist!
Practical advice, not jargon and diagrams
We know how people can roll their eyes when they hear the words, "coaching" or "training", and we definitely know the face they make when they hear the word, "consultants". There's a lot of companies that will come in, throw some buzzwords at you for half a day and leave you with nothing but a hole in your budget and some incomprehensible diagrams on a whiteboard.
Because we've faced the same problems or had the same opportunities as the people we're working with, we can give you guidance and practical skills that will genuinely help individuals advance their careers or whole institutions make a significant cultural shift. We can't promise there won't be ANY diagrams though. Sometimes they really are useful.
And here's us
The five divisions - our small, specialist teams focusing on different areas