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Collaboration is king.

At Balance, we are proud to be different. We are proud that we chose not to go down the route of over-kill data and statistics, but instead reconnect assessment with good classroom practice. In doing so, we were inspired by, collaborated with and learn’t from some of the worlds best practitioners. That partnership continues today, and is only getting stronger.

 The Learning Powered Approach

Prof. Guy Claxton. Becky Carlzon


The Learning Power Approach (LPA) is an umbrella term for an emerging school of thought about teaching and learning. Deriving from research and development groups working independently in Australia, the UK and the US, the LPA shows teachers how to adjust small aspects of the nitty-gritty of their teaching in order to achieve two aims:

  1. Better results

  2. And the development of confident, independent learners

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 The Literacy Company

The Literacy Company is a team of dedicated consultants who work closely with schools to enhance the curriculum and to improve standards in English. Established in September 2013 by Linda Neill and Catherine Richardson, the company is now a dynamic team with a shared vision for literacy.

Our aim is to share practical, effective and enjoyable strategies to enhance classroom teaching. We are passionate about literacy and aim to share this with teachers and children alike, working alongside head teachers and senior leaders to support whole school improvement of literacy across a range of schools.


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 First 4 Maths


First4Maths are a consultancy team who inspire, challenge and support practitioners through careful consideration and analysis of each individual’s needs. Training and support is meaningful, engaging and can be realistically and effectively implemented within school.

First4Maths are committed to developing a love and understanding of mathematics for children and the adults that work with them. Schools can be confident that they will receive support that is tailored to their needs and will have an impact on the children and families within their community.

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 Mr Andrew’s Online

MAO began as Year 6 teachers, sharing our ideas and approaches to global audiences on our award wining blog ‘Mr Andrews Online‘. The blog influenced classroom practice both here in the UK and around the world and went on to win an award at the UK Blog Awards 2014 for its ‘Impact in Education’. In 2016 we won an award for a module we run in partnership with Hull Children’s University.

Since 2012 we have worked alongside hundreds of schools, teachers and delivered classroom experience days for children (4-11 year olds) up and down the country. We have been lucky enough to be invited to present our work in the US on two occasions. In 2014 we began working alongside the National Association of Headteachers to deliver courses.