Our Missions

  1. Make world class live learning available to everyone.

  2. Provoke curiosity and a desire for discovery in as many people as possible.

  3. Empower people to think critically, to act on the basis of evidence, and to be wiser and kinder stewards of our biosphere and communities.

  4. Prepare global citizens for roles that don’t yet exist, and inspire diverse voices to tackle the world’s biggest problems.

  5. Put nature first in all of our thinking.

Our Values

Our school is powered by curiosity. It applauds creativity over conformity and seeks to bring down barriers between areas of study, people and nations. We are building a school where the messages of our greatest role models span borders and cultures, where people learn to be better global citizens, where diverse ideas flourish from all walks of life, and where true equality of opportunity unlocks the full potential of our societies.

Nature First

Our world is in crisis - soaring global temperatures, seas full of plastic, rapidly vanishing wildlife - and we have everything to lose.

Nature is a key stakeholder in all of our school’s decision making and teaching, because nothing is more important.

Curiosity

All of us are born full of questions, yet innate curiosity is often driven out of us by an outdated education system.

Curiosity is the catalyst for discovery, understanding and mastery; it’s where all of our teaching begins.

The more we learn, the more curious we become!

Creativity & Perseverance

No positive change ever happened in the world by doing things the way they’ve always been done.

It takes creativity to invent, courage to stand by what is right, and perseverance to bring about progress. Our school supports the seemingly possible when it needs to be done.

Patience & Kindness

Learning takes time, and all of us learn at different speeds with different needs.

We teach with trees in mind; remembering that no tree is alike, no tree grows in a day and that interconnectivity is vital. This kind of teaching takes patience, compassion and kindness.

Community

In nature, if one creature dominates, all others suffer. Healthy ecosystems are communities built on strong relationships.

We are building a school that rejects zero-sum thinking and promotes international kinship and collaboration.

Humility & Authenticity

The universe is vast and strange, and we don’t know most of what there is to know.

Our school celebrates questions over “correctness”, and our teachers, whilst experts in their fields, are always honest about how much we all still have to learn.

Diversity

Ancient forests are teeming with thousands of species, while monoculture fields support little life, as their soil degrades to dust.

We know that we are strongest when we are diverse and so we work hard to amplify a spectrum of voices.

Positive Impact

If we’re not trying to change the world for the better, we’re living in the wrong time.

We celebrate people and organisations working to safeguard nature and further humankind, and we encourage and empower people to do the same.

Our Team

Matthew Shribman

Head Teacher & Co-Founder

Matthew’s mission is to make science as accessible as oxygen. You can find out more about Matthew on his bio page here.

Henry Waite

Director & Co-Founder

Henry is a Chemistry graduate from the University of Oxford and a governor at a school in Tower Hamlets. Henry has a love of communicating the wonders of nature, particularly pangolins and sharks! With a headteacher for a mum, Henry is highly appreciative of the impact teachers can have on individuals and the world.

Maryann Henderson

Deputy Head

Maryann comes from a family of educators and trained as a Secondary School Teacher in New Zealand. She oversees the day-to-day running of the school, and works across all of strategy, planning, communication, production and locating the best memes.

Steph Lau

Head of Engagement & Development

Steph is passionate about ensuring all children, no matter their background, can access an inspiring education. For the past few years, Steph has supported social enterprises and tech startups with business development, research, and writing.

Felicity Christensen

Head of Communications & Outreach

Felicity is passionate about making a positive difference and has worked in not-for-profit communications for the past five years, with her work taking her as far abroad as India. Inspired by what she saw at AimHi, Felicity came aboard to support with communications and strategy, to spread the word about AimHi's mission and help as many students as possible access inspirational learning wherever they are. In her spare time Felicity enjoys climbing and baking.

Daniel Olabode

Live Producer

Daniel is a creative director, video editor and general techie. Daniel has experience developing and working with education-focused tech start-ups as well as being a filmmaker. Check out his portfolio website or follow him on Instagram.

Abi Thomson

Outreach Officer

Abi studied the not-so-obvious combo of French and Chinese at Edinburgh University, and has spent the last few years between the UK and China, studying, working and dabbling in teaching. Abi joined the team to help with outreach, inspired by AimHi’s mission to connect students worldwide with charismatic educators.

Polly Gregson

Writer

Polly is a writer and researcher specialising in climate change, and is supporting AimHi whilst working at the Eden Project. She lives between Cornwall and Les Landes and likes surfing and earthworms.

James Lemon

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

James is an illustrator who likes to create fun and vibrant imagery. He has worn many hats through his working career but has now settled on a life of illustration. He now reserves the hats, accessories and jewellery for all the characters he creates. James hopes to support AimHi by providing fun engaging illustrations for a cause he believes in.

Fayrouz Dridi

Video Editor

Passionately curious about the tiniest particles in the universe to the largest cosmic structures, Fay's mission is to make AimHi's voice resonate deeply with our students through the artistic development of our lessons recordings.

Writer, Guest Coordinator & Outreach Office

Elizabeth is a writer and educator based in sunny Lisbon, Portugal. With a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s in French, Elizabeth is deeply interested how language connects, directs, and changes us. After hearing about AimHi’s incredible mission to provide accessible, inspiring lessons to students all around the world, Elizabeth joined the team to help with writing, promotion, and guest coordination.

Our Story

Why AimHi?

We began AimHi because, with schools closing around the world, millions are missing out on many months of learning.

We are building AimHi for the future because we believe that the role of teachers is changing...

More information than ever before is available online, and yet with unprecedented challenges unfolding around us, far too many are demotivated, disempowered and disengaged.

Furthermore, with celebrity culture shifting away from scientists, explorers, poets and authors, and an increasingly pervasive social media, our young people desperately need better role models.

At AimHi, we focus on inspiring curiosity, building bridges between disciplines, nurturing critical thinking skills, demystifying complex concepts, and providing strong, positive role models. Through making knowledge more accessible to all, we are furthering the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 4. We also strive to open up the world of work, exposing our students to the many available paths they can take through life.

We don’t think “success” should be defined by short-term information recall or the number of top grades: instead we work to enthuse and empower our students, measuring progress by how much our students want to keep learning, and how much they want to act to improve our world.

How?

We are rapidly assembling exceptional teachers and charismatic role models, with outstanding knowledge, strong characters and an ability to interconnect highly varied ideas, so that we can inspire and captivate our growing community of students around the world.

By teaching via an online platform, we not only overcome challenges of distance and separation, bringing accessible education to almost anyone; we also free teachers from the need to control disruptive students, so we can focus on being charismatic tour guides of educational adventures.

By welcoming and motivating live interaction, we give everyone the opportunity to ask questions, think critically and steer the journey. Thousands of students are able to take part at once, all with a chance to engage and interact with in real-time via live chat, polls, puzzles and more.

Our live lessons are targeted at ages 8 to adult, and centre around big questions like...

  • Are humans really the smartest animals?

  • Should trees be paid more than footballers?

  • Why do we sleep?

  • Do we live in a simulation?

 

Our teaching is linked to key curriculum points, so that it complements and aids progress in the traditional school system, though our priority is always to inspire, enthuse and broaden the minds of our students.

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