PiCL design and deliver creative learning projects and programmes in businesses, schools and communities.
Our mission is to facilitate learning with all that we work with, using creative tools and techniques, exciting and fresh collaborations and designing activity that really does make a positive change, on a personal, organisational and academic level.
So, if you’re looking to try a new approach and make a difference in your bit of the world, get in touch. We’d love to chat it through and see how we can use our experience and expertise to help you realise your ambition.
We believe that through the development of innate creative skills in us all, our communities, workplaces and schools will be more innovative, more motivated, more productive, happier places able to reach their fullest potential.
Since 2005 PiCL have worked with over 150 schools, supporting the learning of over 500 teachers, 10,000 children and 150 creative partners. We have considerable experience of working with teachers and young people of all ages and ability.
We have delivered learning and training to over 30 organisations, from team building, action learning and business specific bespoke training.
We are experienced project managers having delivered the £5 million Creative Partnerships programme across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and are currently providing operational, financial and project management activity to support to the £3million Stoke on Trent Creative People and Places programme, Appetite.
We collaborate with our customers and partners to realise new and innovative projects that support learning, be that in a school, workplace, community or home.
PiCL are constantly designing and developing new, cutting edge learning projects and programmes as well as using our tried and tested methods with a wide range of partners.
We invest our time and resources in research and development to ensure we are practically demonstrating our values and beliefs.
The PiCL team and those we work with are encouraged and supported to develop their own exciting projects that they believe will make a difference.
PiCL’s vision is to be at the forefront of the learning revolution, feel free to join in.
PiCL offers a wide range of professional development, consultancy and training opportunities. All sessions can be delivered in house as inset or after school sessions. We also run regular open courses.
We will work with you to ensure you get the training you need and that the course is tailored to meet your requirements.
If you can’t see what you are looking for, please get in touch as we are always adding more.
Would you like to find out more about current cutting edge creative practice, what it means to you and how you can apply it in your classroom?
You'll make strides forward in confidence and develop a clear sense of your own pedagogical priorities; you'll be signposted to further learning opportunities; you'll develop supportive relationships with like minded colleagues; you'll be energized and encouraged, and take new learning back into the classroom.
A fusion of Drama techniques and Philosophy for Children, that helps pupils and practitioners explore complex themes and challenging issues, extend thinking skills and establish effective working relationships in the classroom.
Dramatic Enquiry has been effectively used to develop literacy skills in many schools. Teachers we have worked with have said it had a significant positive effect on pupil achievement and progress.
A coach helps a person develop by expanding a skill, by boosting performance or by changing the way a person thinks. Coaching helps people grow.
Coaching is recognised as being the best professional development approach by NCSL and the DfE. Through this course you will learn coaching techniques and approaches. Once experienced,your staff will quickly see the benefits of engaging with coaching as a means of improving and developing practice.
For anyone interested in developing strategic links between creative approaches and learning.
We’ll pursue an enquiry question relevant to your own practice; invite input from leading voices in the learning sector; analyse latest research and policy; explore case studies from colleagues across the country; share learning and practice; make connections and identify opportunities for partnership working.
Highly successful schools have leadership teams with a wide set of leadership skills and attributes. Highly successful leaders have an ability to build a vision, inspire and motivate all around them. They are emotionally intelligent, can positively influence and have a clear focus on the means as well as the ends.
This course will support delegates to gain an understanding of a wide range of styles, skills and attributes and explore what true distributive leadership looks like. You will be enabled to take the risks required to build leadership capacity, empower teams and foster collaboration in the workplace. Authentically!
Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a powerful educational approach which has been found through research studies to have cognitive and social benefits for children and schools and attainment and happiness are increased.
It supports Personal, Social and Health Education and other curriculum areas and complements many government initiatives and education strategies.
PiCL can deliver a range of courses depending on where you are on your P4C journey.
PiCL can provide qualified and experienced coaches and mentors for teachers and leaders in order to provide individual support for staff. Colleagues are supported by their coach to identify their own solutions. Responsibility lies with the person being coached who gains clear ownership of the process and professional development from the outset.
This would benefit staff who are looking to move into a leadership role, are taking on new responsibilities or who have a specific development need.
Action Learning is a process which involves working on real challenges, using the knowledge and skills of a small group of people combined with skilled questioning, to re-interpret old and familiar concepts and produce fresh ideas.
Through facilitated sessions you will be taken step by step through the Action Learning process you will explore real life opportunities and issues and build coaching relationships with the others in your group.
How can you support and inspire your pupils to produce more vibrant writing and to write with a greater sense of purpose?
Engage with the power of integrated drama, storytelling, P4C and creative wordplay to inspire your pupils into writing: Develop strategies to help them extend their vocabulary, deepen their thinking, enhance their understanding of character, setting and plot development.
This short course explores definitions of differentiation and what it means for each member of the teaching team. We will discover how and why we differentiate and what types of approaches there are to differentiation.
Is your school looking to introduce creative ideas and approaches across your curriculum or even considering a whole new curriculum?
PiCL’s associate practitioners and consultants can support and guide you through the process and bring a fresh pair of eyes. With a wide range of education experience, we can support you to develop a curriculum that meets all your needs and is fit for the 21st Century.
Sometimes the best way to get things done is to get away from it all in a well-facilitated, non-distracting and hassle free environment.
PiCL can organise a creative away day with an experienced practitioner to facilitate you and your team in creative thinking, discussion and action planning. Drawing on theory from some of the world’s best thinkers such as Reg Revans, Carol Dweck, Nancy Cline and others you’ll be amazed at how far you can go in a day.
First and last impressions count! It is the same in the classroom. How we establish a context for learning, engage children actively and enthusiastically, hooking them in to want to engage in the learning process is vital. Equally, the way we end our lessons can either inspire and motivate or bore and deter! This course will generate thinking, offer ideas and ‘ready to go’ approaches which can be personalised to the needs of learners and teachers alike.
Primary science beyond 2014:
A look at the challenges and opportunities presented by the new science curriculum, and provides an approach to planning that keeps the focus on enquiry and skills development as well as knowledge and understanding
Enquiry-led science for KS2 and KS3:
With this course you can look at ways of pro-actively teaching the different approaches to scientific investigation described in the new curriculum.
Learn how to use a range of creative techniques and how to apply them in your classroom.
Want to be able to pull some new ideas out of the bag to invigorate lessons?
We have successfully seen teachers use film to teach history, music to teach writing, animation to teach RE and visual arts to teach maths.
We have expert practitioners who are experienced in sharing their skills with you, to use in an education setting.
Over the last 8 years PiCL has built relationships with some amazing associates from a wide range of creative practice who have considerable experience of working with young people. These include Educational Specialists, Dancers, Photographers, Digital wizards, Film Production Companies, Outdoor Artists, Sculptors, Ceramicists, Fine Artists and many many more. Our project delivery is of the highest quality, with practitioners DBS checked and trained in safeguarding.
Let us help you bring your creative learning idea into being.
Do you want to explore a specific theme or idea through Drama and Philosophy?
We will work with your staff and students to devise and produce their own dramatic enquiry and theatre piece. Through ‘Girl A’ at Thistley Hough High School we explored ethics in science and created a moving and powerful story. “In a future where those carrying ‘defective’ genes are required to be sterilised, what should happen to a girl who has put her own rights above the state? ‘’ Performances of ‘Girl A’ took place in school, at The New Vic Theatre and in national conferences with students exceeding all expectations.
This approach is used regularly in primary schools to teach speaking and listening and other core learning skills.
A yearlong programme of consultant-practitioner support to plan and deliver creative approaches in the classroom that accelerate pupil progress.
Our methodology draws on a range of educational research approaches from the likes of Guy Claxton, Ken Robinson, Paul Ginnis and Creative Partnerships, melded with practice from mantle of the expert, peer assessment, feedback and reflection, forum theatre and more.
In our recent pilot with a year 3 class 71% of pupils made outstanding progress in writing and reading using our methodology. Students requiring additional support closed the gap in terms of attainment, engagement, attitude to learning and well-being.
As part of this programme you will spend 5 days with your consultant practitioner planning your focus and approach. You’ll spend 12 weeks in your classroom where approaches are modelled on a regular basis, with time for reflection and support in planning your own sessions being prioritised. Your practitioner consultant will work alongside you, acting as a mentor, facilitator and support in measuring progress. This programme includes time for sharing practice with the whole school community (parents, governors, school staff and stakeholders) and whole school CPD sessions.
Do you want to support extra curricular learning in the holidays or after school?
We can design, plan and deliver engaging creative holiday activities, for students and their parents with real learning outcomes.
Want to immerse your class in a completely new learning experience or transform your school into a hive of creativity and learning?
We’ve previously taken a whole school deep into the rabbit hole with ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’; a period of activity based on Alice in Wonderland, themed lessons were delivered alongside theatre practitioners, filmmakers and outdoor artists. During that time the quality of written work, learning and behaviour was significantly improved.
We can bring in a range of practitioners to approach a certain theme or specific subject. We’ve used dance to explore how blood moves around the body, circus skills to teach forces and bread making to teach molecular states.
We’ve recently worked with a secondary academy to deliver an RE themed day to two full year groups across two sites. Working with 18 artists we used Graffiti to get pupils looking at identity, values and beliefs, Storytelling to explore the impact of religion on the world and 3D modelling to demonstrate expression through specific religions.
Whatever your subject or idea, PiCL will help you find a creative way of delivering.
Are you aiming for Arts mark or would like to do Arts Award with your pupils?
PiCL can provide a range of support, from one off workshops, after school and lunchtime provision, artists in residence or subject specific workshops.
Want to work with your students to develop an authentic pupil voice?
Increase pupil confidence; develop leadership and communication skills as well as parental involvement.
We can work groups of up to 15 pupils (maybe these could be from your school council or Eco club for a term) on a series of creative activities to build skills and confidence in asking questions, identifying problems, finding imaginative solutions, communicating ideas, taking feedback and working in teams.
This programme would be extremely effective in supporting pupil premium delivery.
We can devise a programme of learning activity for groups of students to help close the attainment gap.
Creative approaches have been proven to increase engagement in learning for all pupils, but especially with pupils who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from learning.
We will work with you to decide on the right activity and approach, plan alongside you, deliver the activity and measure their learning and outcomes.
Do you have a creative idea or approach you want to test?
PiCL can support an action research enquiry, using our proven model of planning, delivery and evaluation.
We will support you to explore new approaches to see if they work. PiCL will be right beside you on the adventure every step of the way.
PiCL offers a wide range of professional development, consultancy and training opportunities. All sessions can be delivered at PiCL, in the workplace, or even as part of a retreat . We also run regular open courses.
We will work with you to ensure you get the training you need and that the course is tailored to meet your requirements.
Would your staff benefit from a deeper understanding of how their service and personal interaction impact on customer decisions and business?
Using methodology from the world of drama, this course will take the participants through a range of customer interactions both over the phone and in person. They will be part of and will practically experience the importance of tone of voice, pace and body language and how that can be applied positively in their role to support your business.
Want your team to work more effectively together?
PiCL can support all manner of creative team building activity, all framed around the needs of you and your team. We will work with you to decide on the most appropriate activity. PiCL’s team days are fun, relevant and allow for time and space to reflect on how team dynamic impacts on the day-to-day performance of your organisation.
Choose from a full or half day or twilights, we can even do weekends. Get your staff doing something creative that benefits them and your business.
Do you have an in-house trainer, or someone who tends to take on that role that could do with some formal accreditation, fresh ideas and support.
This 3 day, accredited course will give them the skills to train effectively, using innovative and engaging learning methods. No longer will the audible groan be heard when a training day is mentioned, but training will become a positive and useful experience, increasing efficiency and productivity.
Could you do with a few more creative ideas in your business?
This open course will take you through a range of creative thinking exercises that will stretch your thinking skills and support you to find solutions and generate ideas that you can take back to your organisation and make you stand out from the crowd.
‘People buy why you do it, not what you do’
Do you know why you do what you do and therefore do your staff and customers? This one day visioning taster will explore with you motivation, purpose and vision, you can do this with your team, board or individually, renewing your passion for work and motivating your staff and customers to keep on coming back for more.
In today’s world communication is a vital part of success in business and personally, but it is ever so easy to get it wrong.
We’ll teach you techniques and tips to ensure your communication is positive and motivational, growing the effectiveness and efficiency of you and your team supporting you to build long lasting relationships with customers, staff and suppliers.
Does public speaking make you nervous, do you speak too fast or too quiet? PiCL’s presentation master class in public speaking will give you the skills to project your voice, tips on how to quell the nerves as well as practical experience of how to utilise timing, pace, energy and intonation.
Does your organisation need to start using technology to support your business? Would using film, photography and digital media be useful for you as a business? Do you need to document work, showcase what you do, use animation or music to enhance your marketing?
If so PiCL can pair you up with a highly professional media practitioner who will help you learn the tricks of the trade and how to make the most out of using them to benefit your business.
Do you have an important meeting that needs facilitating? Our PiCL team of accredited facilitators will work with you to make sure it runs smoothly and to the agenda, everyone is involved and you achieve your objectives.
The PiCL team love nothing more than getting involved in designing and delivering creative projects and we love to support people to deliver their imaginative learning ideas. Using our experience of creative project management we’ll work with you to plan your idea, find the right partners and be involved in as much hands on delivery as you need as well as evaluating and capturing the learning.
Do you have a team training or development session coming up and could do with some fresh and creative ideas on how to approach it? PiCL will sit down with you, look at what you are trying to achieve and work with you to develop innovative ways of delivery, from icebreakers and games to techniques that will make sure the information you are sharing is remembered.
Action Learning is a is a highly structured, facilitated technique that involves working with real challenges and opportunities; using skilled questioning, shared knowledge and expertise, actions are generated, delivering solutions for you and your organisation. Developed in the 1940’s by industry leader and manager Reg Revans , Action learning is described as ‘an opportunity for individuals to engage in learning and identify action which will make a positive difference to the organisations effectiveness.’
By the end of the five sessions, you will have resolved several current issues, improved your communication and problem solving skills and taken positive actions towards improved outcomes.
You will have built a strong collaborative coaching group able to continue to use Action Learning as a tool for professional development that will increase your productivity by up to 30%
PiCL can deliver Action Learning within your organisation; or offer the opportunity to join an open group made up of individuals from a range of backgrounds and knowledge.
Highly successful leaders have an ability to build a vision, inspire and motivate all around them. They are emotionally intelligent, can positively influence and have a clear focus on the means as well as the ends where success is concerned.
Through this course delegates will gain an understanding of a wide range of effective leadership styles, skills and attributes, explore what true distributive leadership looks like and be enabled to take the risks required to build leadership capacity, empower teams and foster collaboration in the workplace. Authentically!
PiCL can provide qualified and experienced coaches and mentors for managers and leaders in order to provide individual support for staff. When undertaking coaching, colleagues are supported by their coach to identify their own solutions with the person being coached gaining ownership of the process from the outset. This highly effective model of development would benefit staff who are looking to move into a leadership role, are taking on new responsibilities or who have a specific development need.