About Inventors & Makers

Laura Cross

Founder & Class Leader

I'm Laura and I set up Inventors & Makers in 2019 with a mission to help prepare today's children for tomorrow's world. 

I originally trained as a lawyer and worked in the city for a few years before finding my true calling in education and teaching in some of London's Outstanding primary schools,

However, it was during my time leading curriculum design at a San Francisco education technology company that I started to think about the world of work that lies ahead for our children.  

 

We don't know what the jobs of the future will be, but we do know that our children will need to be adaptable, flexible and creative problem solvers.

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Inventors & Makers classes and workshops focus on developing the 21st century skills of problem solving, creativity and collaboration through STEM and Design subjects. With experience and practice of these skills, we give our children the ultimate transferrable skills: skills that are applicable to everything, and forever,

Susie McAuley

Lead Teacher

Susie joined us in early 2022 as our lead teacher, delivering after-school clubs and workshops to schools in person and contributing to development of virtual clubs, classes and workshops.

Susie has been teaching for more than 20 years. After initially training in Scotland, she went on a big adventure and taught in International schools in Kuwait and Thailand. She then moved back to England in 2010, with her two boys and has taught in schools all over Hampshire and West Sussex ever since.

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In her last role Susie was the computing lead and STEM coordinator over a federation of schools, leading after-school clubs, STEM days, parent and community STEM workshops and teacher training from Early Years to Year 6 and even up to the local grandparents.

She has a passion for technology and STEM and particularly loves hands-on learning, having seen what a difference it makes to children’s engagement and excitement to learn more. She wants to make sure all children know about the options open to them in the future. There’s an engineer in everyone!

Susie is delighted to be joining Inventors & Makers where she feels her vision for STEM is shared and she’s excited to be a part of the company’s journey. 

Caroline Chapman

Curriculum Designer

Caroline joined us in early 2020 as a class leader. As a qualified teacher with 10 years experience at some of London's top schools, she brought with her particular expertise in KS1 and Early Years curriculum as well as being a Level 3 Forest School Leader. 

Many of the skills central to Inventors & Makers are also promoted and developed within the Forest School philosophy. Caroline therefore came to Inventors & Makers already passionate about developing problem solving, creativity and collaboration in children through engaging and practical activities.

We are delighted to have Caroline continue to be part of the Inventors & Makers team bringing her expertise and experience as a curriculum designer.

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About Inventors & Makers Classes

Inventors and Makers workshops and classes focus on developing future-proofing 21st-century skills such as problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. It is these skills, so often missed in the busy school day, that will allow our children to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

 

We give children the support and time to invent, make and collaborate, while being exposed to the tools and resources of the 21st century: for example designing their own app, creating their own short films, building a simple machine, or programming a robot.

 

The topics of the classes are intentionally broad to encourage flexibility and adaptability, whilst also allowing children to experience a range of new and interesting skills, and perhaps discover a new passion.

Inventors & Makers' founder, Laura Cross, speaks about education for the 21st-century with the Startup Van.

The Serious Bit....

The class leader, Laura Cross, is a qualified and experienced teacher.
She has an enhanced DBS (criminal record) check and pediatric first aid training.
All classes are fully insured and a risk assessment is carried out prior to each session.