FAQs

We have designed Luminous so it is flexible for teachers and schools to use in a way which best suits their timetables and requirements. We think it fits well into tutor times in secondary schools as a way to engage or refocus a group in an enjoyable and meaningful way. A tutor may decide to use Luminous on a certain day or dip in and out of the different features throughout the week.

Primary schools may wish to use Luminous with KS2 during circle times or as class based assemblies. It could even be used just to regroup a class during a busy day. We also provide guidance for primary school teachers on how they could use Luminous editions to inspire whole school assemblies.

Luminous is designed to be projected onto a screen in a classroom and minimal preparation is required from the teacher. However, we always encourage teachers to look through the editions prior to sharing with their class to get a flavour of the content each week. Although we make every effort to ensure all content is suitable, we encourage teachers to judge and determine whether content is appropriate for their particular students as we appreciate they know them best. In order to help with this we make each edition available to view in advance via the teacher login. We publish new editions every Friday afternoon of term time ready for the following week.

To log in, simply open your internet browser (we recommend Google Chrome) and go to www.teachluminous.com where you will see a log in button. Simply click this and type in your username and password; you will be taken to the current week’s edition of Luminous.

Upon sign up you will get instant free access to Luminous for two weeks. We will then be in touch at the end of your free trial period with your selected payment options should you wish to continue the subscription. There is no obligation to do so.

There is a free demo you can explore as well which doesn’t require any sign up forms.

As part of a section 5 inspection, OFSTED inspectors must consider pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development when forming a judgement of a school. They deem an outstanding school to be one where ‘the school’s thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their physical well-being enables pupils to thrive’.

As a resource, we provide the opportunity for thoughtful and meaningful reflection on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural themes within the safe space of a familiar classroom setting which can be used as evidence for OFSTED.

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their students develop in SMSC. As a resource, we provide the opportunity for thoughtful and meaningful reflection on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural themes within the safe space of a familiar classroom setting. For example, a recent edition of Luminous featured: an idea about using drones to deliver blood to remote clinics in Rwanda, the story of a 103-year-old woman who is still a dancer and a photographic time-lapse showing how snowflakes are formed!

Although we do not provide specific resources for the PSHE requirements, often the content will mirror and support conversations on topics and issues raised in PSHE lessons. For example, we may share a video about eating healthily or about charities working with the homeless. For more information see our ‘What is SMSC’ page.

We think Luminous fits perfectly into tutor times in secondary schools and circle times in primaries but have designed Luminous to be as flexible as possible. The ‘pick up and play’ nature of this digital resource allows teachers to either dig deep or dip into any section at their convenience throughout the week. Luminous is therefore a resource that can be used according to the needs of individual teachers and schools’ needs, policies and timetables.

With Primary schools in mind, we believe Luminous works well in the context of class-based assemblies but have also added a feature called Assemble. This is content which aims to inspire and support staff in the planning and delivery of wider school assemblies based on themes raised in our weekly editions.

If you have a school subscription you can add an unlimited amount of staff users to use in your school at any time. If you have an individual teacher subscription you have a single user access to Luminous.

Luminous is a digital internet based resource and so all teachers and schools will be able to view and project the website from their computers. We recommend using Google Chrome browser.

We encourage schools to skip through any pop up ads that appear on a video stream and to treat these pages as they would any other YouTube resource.

We aim to be a creative and positive filter for young people in this information saturated digital world. The videos are curated under the themes of Ideas, People and Wonder and we make every effort to select videos that have interesting, useful and inspiring content for young people.

The videos we select and share are freely available to view anywhere on the Internet via YouTube and Vimeo. We do not claim ownership or sell access to these videos, we only sell access to the teacher resource content to which schools subscribe. We do not necessarily endorse any of the views or content from any of the individuals/organisations who create the video content we share. Furthermore we do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products or other materials that may be connected to the videos, including YouTube ads.

Luminous is concerned about the safety and privacy of all its users, particularly children and we make every effort to ensure all content is pre-screened and suitable before being posted to these pages of the digital magazine. We do however encourage schools/teachers to judge and determine whether the content is appropriate for their particular students – as we appreciate they know them best. In order to help with this, we make each edition available to view in advance via the teacher login.

Yes, in your user login area there is a search feature within the library page. You can type in keywords to search through your back catalogue of editions. Please be aware that your back catalogue will start from when you subscribe. Editions are published weekly during term time.

Luminous functions very much like a magazine and is published weekly during term time. We publish on Friday afternoons ahead of the following week to allow users to access the resource over the weekend and prepare accordingly. Users can also see editions retrospectively, back to their initial subscription date via the library page

Simply go to our sign up page and register your details and subscription choice. Upon sign up you will get instant free access to Luminous for two weeks. We will then be in touch at the end of your free trial period with your selected payment options in the hope that you wish to continue the subscription.

Simply go to our contact us page to send us a message and we will aim to get back to you within 2 business days.

Important Information

The videos we select and share are freely available to view anywhere on the Internet via YouTube and Vimeo. We do not claim ownership or sell access to these videos, we only sell access to the teacher resource content to which schools subscribe.

We aim to be a creative and positive filter for young people in this information saturated digital world. The videos are curated under the themes of Ideas, People and Wonder and we make every effort to select videos that have interesting, useful and inspiring content for young people. It is our aim to help young people engage safely and healthily with the internet and to elevate the important skills of discussion, listening and storytelling both in and out of school.

We do not necessarily endorse any of the views or content from any of the individuals/organisations who create the video content we share. Nor do we endorse or accept responsibility or liability for any content, advertising, products, or other materials that may be connected to the videos including YouTube ads.

We encourage schools to skip through any pop up ads that appear on a video stream and to treat these pages as they would any other YouTube resources. Luminous is concerned about the safety and privacy of all its users, particularly children and we make every effort to ensure all content is pre-screened and suitable before being posted to these pages of the digital magazine. We do however encourage schools/tutors to judge and determine whether the content is appropriate for their particular students – as we appreciate they know them best. In order to help with this we make each edition available to view in advance via the teacher login.

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