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 of teachers and school leaders inspiring creativity in education through practical, effective coaching and training.
We work in five teams with different specialties: 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
Mark Stinchcombe, Associate Consultant & Teacher
Predominately focused on developing the next generation of teachers, Mark's skills in facilitation are excellent; he gets the best out of people through non-assuming, subtle approaches. Mark was Primary Programme Mentor for the Cabot Learning Federation School Direct PGCE, is a computing genius and still has his feet firmly on the ground in the classroom too.
Harriet Attwood, Associate Consultant & Coach
As an experienced Executive Coach, Harriet's natural stance is to listen and enable people to think. Having designed coaching programmes and trained mentors, she is both a trainer and facilitator. Harriett's main role with Lighting up Learning is in the delivery of The Coaching Programme.
Kate Gager,Coaching and leadership expert
Kate is a motivating and inspiring coach with over 500 hours of coaching experience. She holds the Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) Level 7 Award in Leadership Mentoring and Executive Coaching, is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and holds the Certificate of Training Practice qualification.
Alyson is a fully qualified professional counsellor and psychotherapist. She holds a Diploma in Professional Studies: Counselling from the University of the West of England and is a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).