Professional Development

EYFS to Curriculum Leaders, Governors to Online Events.

Subject Leader Development

An online CPD suite of provocations, films and 'how to' guides accessed at a time that suits your professional development timeline.

Short and to-the-point films get Subject Leaders thinking about how they could lead as well as what they might do, by exploring intent, implementation and tools to judge impact.

The suite of films with accompanying resource and guides can be accessed at a time of your choosing and can fit into a school's professional development timeline. They could be streamed as whole school INSET or as self-guided CPD. There is a facilitation guide for the CPD leader to help embed the programme into practice. We can also facilitate training adding even more value to the toolkit.

Films are also available to buy as one offs.

How much? The guide price is £590* unlimited access per setting for 12 months; price is dependent on size of school and level of facilitation you might want to really help embed practice.

Get in touch to talk through your ideas further.

Subject Leader Toolkit

Films include:

  • One Size Does Not Fit All: different modes of leadership
  • Learning Walks: what to look for
  • Learning Looks: why, how and what.
  • Capturing Voices: young people, staff and families
  • Feedback and next steps
  • Auditing the curriculum: triangulating evidence
Copy of Pickwick Subject Leadership.mp4

Hear what James Passmore and Amy Tapscott of Pickwick Academy Trust say about the Subject Leadership toolkit approach.

EYFS Seminar Series

Online CPD for the whole EYFS Team. A suite of five live and/or recorded seminars accessed at a time convenient to your setting that can be used as professional development for the whole team, however large. The online nature of the seminars means that films can be returned to again and again. They can be experienced in two ways:

Programme of CPD In addition to the scheduled seminars, each and every setting can have a bespoke seminar created just for them on something pertinent to school's needs. The one off fee enables schools to access the materials for 12 months and includes attendance to two Senior Leaders briefings on current issues facing EYFS.

How much? One off fee of £405* is for unlimited access for 12 months for all five seminars, bespoke seminar and SLT briefings.


*All prices are exclusive of VAT
Just want top-up training? Perhaps only one or two of the seminars are applicable to your setting, in which case the 'Pay As You Go' enables you to pick and choose what you want at at a cost of £75* per seminar. Get in touch to discuss

Leadership Circles

Short, sharp, focused and FREE online discussions with local leaders or connect to leaders all over the country and beyond.

As an official TED Circles Facilitator, our Managing Director can set up an online discussion 'circle' based on any current issue, connecting local needs to international discourse.


Bespoke circles could also be set up for a school's wider Senior Leadership Team, partnership or Trust for a small administration fee.

Specific training for Governors of Curious-city settings

With renewed EIF focus of 'impact', Governors play an important role in qualifying and validating the impact of a school curriculum. More often that not, Governors are not trained to do this, and visits to the school are limited to meetings, 'learning walks' and subject leader presentations.

We want to empower Governors to be inquisitive by asking supportive and challenging questions, have greater confidence in choosing what they might look for during book looks and learning walks without it feeling like an inquisition.

How much? £300* for Curious-city & Lighting up Learning partner settings


*All prices are exclusive of VAT


In three hours, we will take a group of governors through three elements and provide a suite of approaches.

  • Looking at work: why, how, what

  • Questioning Subject Leaders

  • Articulating outcomes

We will be as practical as possible: using children's books, teachers planning and walking around the school.

Headteacher CPD

Crafting an intent to empower implementation and informing intent

The three-day course for school leaders has empowered Headteachers to consider who, how and what they might use to craft an intent that is personalised, non-jargonistic and passionate.

We've facilitated the programme with leaders from Bristol, Devon and Swindon as well as with MATs, such as The Venturers Trust.

Executive Coaching

Individual, Team or whole school

As qualified Executive Coaches, we provide 1:1 coaching for Headteachers, CEOs and Exec Heads as well as:

  • Team coaching to enhance Senior Leadership Teams

  • Whole school coaching approaches for subject leadership, 'tricky' families and or pupil voice

  • 'Capability' coaching

  • Returning to work capacity building

  • Mentoring for new leaders

  • Mediation between staff and/or families



"Leading a school is a great privilege and also a great challenge. As a new Headteacher I have found regular Coaching to be essential... over the past 18 months, I have been able to reflect honestly on my own performance, in a balanced way, and explore ideas and solutions to a wide range of issues and problems. I have returned to school with renewed vision and determination."



George Samios, Twerton Infant School and Nursery



Curriculum 'Theory to Practice' Seminars

Curriculum Theory to Practice

Monthly online seminars aimed at Curriculum Leaders to deconstruct different topics around intent, implementation and impact when leading a knowledge-engaged, enquiry-led curriculum.

Aimed at Curriculum Leaders, the live seminars provide theory behind an enquiry-led curriculum topic by topic and include practical and pragmatic 'how to' tips and guidance.

All sessions are recorded and are accessible after the event.

How much? Two options:

  • Pay As You Go at £75 per seminar

  • 20% off if paid in one go, reducing cost to £600 (instead of £750).

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