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 our young people of today become the adults of tomorrow: articulate, confident, free-thinking global leaders they need to become.

This sounds grand, but the time for an education evolution 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.

As a group of practicing teachers and leaders, we work with people on the ground in classrooms and staffrooms 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

What do we 'do'?

Everything we do is bespoke.

Whether whole school improvement at all levels, curriculum design, training your own teachers or leadership coaching, every setting is unique and therefore we do not have glossy brochures, set prices or mountains of information.

School Improvement

Using the skills and experience of our entire team, we provide support and capacity at all levels from executive leadership coaching through to team teaching in the classroom. As the named the School Improvement Team (SIT) for several schools and academies in challenging circumstances, we support schools each and every week of the year in a variety of ways to ensure the school moves forward. Nicholas Garrick, Managing Director, project manages this longitudinal, considered approach to school improvement.

Curriculum Innovation

Every school in unique and should have a bespoke curriculum. It is not enough to state that you teach the National Curriculum. We enable schools to discover what makes them special and support them to construct 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. Director, Ali Camp, leads this work.

Teacher Training

Our Teaching Futures Salaried Schools Direct route seeks to address under-representation in our schools. We train the next generation of teachers by seeking people of difference or those that represent difference. We specialise in bringing career changers into education as research suggests they remain for longer and are often fast tracked to leadership. Our small cohort, intensive course has a 100% success rate. Celia Jenkins, Teaching Futures Programme Lead, is the main contact for this work.

You can read about our programme through our QTS Provider, the Cabot Institute.

Coaching & Leadership

As an accredited body, our qualified Executive Coaches provide 1:1 Executive Leadership coaching, as well as coaching, mentoring and supervision of teachers and early years practitioners. We build capacity within settings through training people to be in-house coaches, whole leadership teams in Developing Coaching Cultures including CoachMark accreditation. Whether private or public organisation, we can empower people to make change from the inside: as a person, a professional and an organisation. Kristian Hancock leads the coaching work for Lighting up Learning.

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Who are 'we'

Nicholas Garrick

Founder & Managing DirectorTeaching Futures Programme Director
Nicholas is an EYFS & ASD Specialist and is currently finishing his PhD.

Ali Camp

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

Sam Wilson

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

Womble Garrick

Therapy DogCompany Mascot
Attentive, watchful and eager to please, Womble loves to visit schools and laps.

Celia Jenkins

Teaching Futures Programme LeaderCurious-city Developer

Charlotte Black

Teaching Futures Programme MentorCurious-city Developer

Mark Stinchcombe

Teaching Futures Programme MentorGoogle Guru

Amy Garroch

Curious-city Co-ordinatorTeaching & Learning Coaching Mentor

Kristian Hancock

Executive CoachSchool Improvement Advisor

Charlie Proctor

Curious-city SupportCharities Project Developer

Kevin Jones

Teaching & Learning Coaching Mentor (Associate)

Ed Harker

Teaching & Learning Coaching Mentor (Associate)

Our base

We are lucky enough to be based within two schools on the same site: The Kingfisher School and Venturers' Academy (ASD Specialist Setting), Bristol.

We have our own training base and meeting room where our Teaching Futures trainees meet every Friday, and every time a member of the team is in either school, they visit 'their' classroom where they add teaching and learning capacity. All our CPD and coaching sessions also happen at The Kingfisher School.

We live what we believe and are grounded in how we work.