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

  Nicholas Garrick, Director   Nicholas has been an EYFS teacher, Executive Coach, Principal and Change Consultant for many years both in the UK and overseas. His firm belief in education as an engaging, communicative process, is central to everything we do at Lighting up Learning.

Nicholas Garrick, Director

Nicholas has been an EYFS teacher, Executive Coach, Principal and Change Consultant for many years both in the UK and overseas. His firm belief in education as an engaging, communicative process, is central to everything we do at Lighting up Learning.

  Sam Wilson,  PA to Nicholas   Probably the most important person in the company, Sam's ability to see both macro and micro is extraordinary. She is able to keep track of Nicholas' thinking as well as support and challenge the team. She's an integral part of Lighting up Learning, which simply wouldn't function without her!

Sam Wilson,  PA to Nicholas

Probably the most important person in the company, Sam's ability to see both macro and micro is extraordinary. She is able to keep track of Nicholas' thinking as well as support and challenge the team. She's an integral part of Lighting up Learning, which simply wouldn't function without her!

 

The five divisions - our small, specialist teams focusing on different areas

 

 
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  Ali Camp, Team Leader   Ali Camp is Curious-city™ Team Leader as well as being a practising teacher. She and Nicholas Garrick felt that it was time for a curriculum that embodied a way of teaching and learning that would be relevant, robust, localised and future proof. Drawing on years of teaching, curriculum leadership and project management for cultural, heritage and environmental organisations, they have created something that unites an area behind the shared desires for better education and stronger communities.

Ali Camp, Team Leader

Ali Camp is Curious-city™ Team Leader as well as being a practising teacher. She and Nicholas Garrick felt that it was time for a curriculum that embodied a way of teaching and learning that would be relevant, robust, localised and future proof. Drawing on years of teaching, curriculum leadership and project management for cultural, heritage and environmental organisations, they have created something that unites an area behind the shared desires for better education and stronger communities.

  Charlie Proctor   Working in challenging, inner-city schools with learners from around the world, across social spectrums and with learning needs, Charlie is an outstanding teacher. She is dedicated to learning and action research which has made her an expert in Mastery-led Learning. She also co-ordinates learning experiences at Bristol's innovative lab facility Unit DX.

Charlie Proctor

Working in challenging, inner-city schools with learners from around the world, across social spectrums and with learning needs, Charlie is an outstanding teacher. She is dedicated to learning and action research which has made her an expert in Mastery-led Learning. She also co-ordinates learning experiences at Bristol's innovative lab facility Unit DX.

  Liz Gavrilenko   Liz moved from working in HR in Paris to leading an MFL department.  She is passionate about inspiring a love of language and culture to encourage children to open their eyes to the world around them.

Liz Gavrilenko

Liz moved from working in HR in Paris to leading an MFL department.  She is passionate about inspiring a love of language and culture to encourage children to open their eyes to the world around them.

 
 
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  Celia Jenkins, Team Leader   Celia is in charge of our very own Salaried School Direct course and plays an inspirational and supportive role as a mentor for SCITT trainees for the Cabot Learning Federation. She demonstrates an empathetic and intuitive approach to both individual and group mentoring in numerous settings.

Celia Jenkins, Team Leader

Celia is in charge of our very own Salaried School Direct course and plays an inspirational and supportive role as a mentor for SCITT trainees for the Cabot Learning Federation. She demonstrates an empathetic and intuitive approach to both individual and group mentoring in numerous settings.

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  Kristian Hancock, Team Leader   Kris is perfectly positioned to head up this team. His years of experience as a head teacher help him understand the part that coaching plays in the big picture, while his personal approach makes him a superb individual coach.

Kristian Hancock, Team Leader

Kris is perfectly positioned to head up this team. His years of experience as a head teacher help him understand the part that coaching plays in the big picture, while his personal approach makes him a superb individual coach.

 
 
 
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  Chris Elmes, Marketing, PR & Communications   Chris is in charge of getting the word out about what the rest of the team is up to, plus some technical stuff and the webstie content. Which means that yes, he is writing this about himself.

Chris Elmes, Marketing, PR & Communications

Chris is in charge of getting the word out about what the rest of the team is up to, plus some technical stuff and the webstie content. Which means that yes, he is writing this about himself.

  Womble, the therapy dog   Nicholas really does own a dog, Womble, that is trained in therapy. She's spent years in classrooms and coaching situations, keeping people calm and improving morale. When she's not out working, she generally hangs out in the office sitting on people's laps and stopping them from typing.

Womble, the therapy dog

Nicholas really does own a dog, Womble, that is trained in therapy. She's spent years in classrooms and coaching situations, keeping people calm and improving morale. When she's not out working, she generally hangs out in the office sitting on people's laps and stopping them from typing.