Motivator and Youth Empowerer Alan Dean first began his work in education over 20 years ago. Alan's positive impact within the Sevenoaks District was such that you would struggle to find an issue of the local newspaper without a feature on one of his initiatives! After carrying out youth projects with Swanley Town Council, Darenth Valley Rotary Club and The Prince's Trust (UK), it soon became clear that this approach to learning really did—and continues to—have a powerful, lasting influence on the youngsters that he worked with.
Alan's work continued as he brought in professionals in other industries to support his students. Developing links with the World Superbike Series (WSBK) in 2004 rapidly accelerated the company's work when The Junior Media Team (JMT) programme was accredited to travel worldwide with the series all year round. The JMT was a massive hit in the racing paddock and gave students the opportunity to experience the high demands and pressures within a real Press Office—not to mention the chance to interview World Champion Riders Troy Corser, James Toseland, Tommy Hill, Carl Fogarty and many others.
These riders continued to support our programmes and became Burning2Learn ambassadors.
Up until then the message was clear but the company was without a name. Working with WSBK inspired a passion for variety within industry and Alan began to ask his students, ‘How many job roles can you find in the paddock?’ And so came the birth of Burning2Learn.
Burning2Learn is now an education provider for the three key transition phases within education: Primary to Secondary, Key Stage 3 to GCSE and Higher Education to the world of work.
The company strives to motivate tomorrow's adults today and develops career opportunities for young people. Using media as a hidden platform, students are invited to become a journalist, photographer, reporter, presenter — and just about any other job role you can think of — for the day at one of the team's events. The brilliance to this approach to learning is in its simplicity; students are encouraged to take risks and believe in projects of their own making—in the sure knowledge that there is a Burning2Learn shaped safety net nearby to catch them!
A Burning2Learn experience within schools is also something that the team offer at all academic levels. All programmes have been developed to enhance self-worth and confidence in young people and to support the individual. The company slogan rapidly took off when it was endorsed by WSBK Champion James Toseland, who urged the youngsters to 'Chase your dreams, they may come true'.
Burning2Learn programmes over the years
World Superbike Champions with the Burning2Learn Team at a B2L Golf Day