Taking risks. Making things 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, as well as our 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.

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.

Celia Jenkins, Associate Consultant & Teacher

An inspirational teacher and enquiry-led learning champion, Celia is focused on making curriculum experiences inspiring for both learners and teachers. As a heritage ambassador she is particularly interested in local, area-based learning.

 

Suzanne Hedger, Associate Consultant & Heritage Specialist

Suzanne has been part of the Heritage Schools programme for a number of years, first as an experienced teacher then as a consultant. Her focus as heritage ambassador for Lighting up Learning is on enhancing school curricula using heritage and culture.

 

 
 
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Kristian Hancock, Team Leader Kris' skills centre on listening, encouraging and finding concrete solutions. As a former head teacher of many years, he understands what individual teachers and schools need in order to work effectively. 

Kristian Hancock, Team Leader

Kris' skills centre on listening, encouraging and finding concrete solutions. As a former head teacher of many years, he understands what individual teachers and schools need in order to work effectively. 

Celia Jenkins, Associate Consultant & Teacher

Celia 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.

 

 

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.

 
 
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Yes, him again With his years of head teacher experience, Kris is perfectly positioned to head up this team as well.

Yes, him again

With his years of head teacher experience, Kris is perfectly positioned to head up this team as well.

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 Marlor

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). 

 
 
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And one more time... Kristian is co-ordinating LEAD too, working on the schools side of the division, while Sarah and Charlie work with heritage and cultural organisations

And one more time...

Kristian is co-ordinating LEAD too, working on the schools side of the division, while Sarah and Charlie work with heritage and cultural organisations

Sarah Payton Sarah is an outdoor educator, equine-assisted learning facilitator and learning researcher with more than a decade of experience working in education. She has worked with young people from 4-18 years (incl. at-risk youth) and with teachers, educators and senior management teams in primary, secondary, HE/FE and outdoor, alternative settings. 

Sarah Payton

Sarah is an outdoor educator, equine-assisted learning facilitator and learning researcher with more than a decade of experience working in education. She has worked with young people from 4-18 years (incl. at-risk youth) and with teachers, educators and senior management teams in primary, secondary, HE/FE and outdoor, alternative settings. 

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

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

 
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Nicholas Garrick As well as being company Director, Nicholas also travels the world aiding in the development of educational projects and training programmes.

Nicholas Garrick

As well as being company Director, Nicholas also travels the world aiding in the development of educational projects and training programmes.

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

Chris Elmes, Marketing & Communications

Chris is in charge of the site content and getting the word out about what the rest of the team is up to. 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.