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John Gordon-Reid has delivered over 500 curriculum enrichment workshops to many thousands of school pupils, as well as teacher INSET and PD training, both in the UK and overseas. He has spoken at educational events, presented at literary festivals and
performed at science fairs. John became interested in education over 15 years ago as his own children grew and led to him
establishing a charitable organization to “challenge and stimulate the minds of young people.”

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Christopher Lloyd is a world history expert who has authored over 15 books that have now been translated into 18 languages and sold over 500,000 copies worldwide with one title even being made into a 12 part series on Japanese national TV. He gives around 100 talks per year to groups as diverse as primary school children through to government exam boards. Chris was previously CEO of
Immersive Education and Science Editor of The Sunday Times.

Christopher established What On Earth Publishing Ltd about 8 years ago and for the last 5 years John has worked closely with Chris as a Director of a
company that exists to promote big picture, cross curricular connected learning.

Highly praised and much admired, The What On Earth timelines tell huge stories and have been co-published in partnership with The Natural History
Museum, The Telegraph newspaper, The Science Museum, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, The National Trust and most recently, the American Museum of Natural History

Curiosity Club was born as an idea by John and Christopher based around the simple fact that children, particularly in their early double digit years,
respond better when they are given choice.

Curiosity Learning Ltd was spun off as a new business and for around 18 months it has been molded and shaped so as to become a hugely powerful tool,
focused on the 9 – 14 age group, that can engage and excite students at a time when commonly they dis-engage from the education system.

Having now been extensively trialed and piloted in school both in the UK and the USA, Curiosity Club is ready to be deployed and carries with it a pedigree based upon dozens of years of hands on educational experience and work with some of the most loved of British organisations that demand the highest level of integrity.

The BBC reported in Sep ’16 that “… Adolescence and boredom can turn pupils off learning for three years in early secondary school … [and] investment in the early years of secondary should aim to make pupils independent and resilient learners ¹ …”. Last year, an Ofsted
report into the early years of secondary was entitled “The Wasted Years ²”.

¹ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37375278
² http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-34201975

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