Teacher Info

Here's a short orientation to get you situated.

How Trade School works

Trade School is a non-traditional learning space where students barter with teachers.

After you submit your class idea, when you'd like to teach, and what you want in exchange for teaching, Trade School organizers will review your submission. If your submission is approved, it will be posted on the website for students to sign up. On the day of class, you will meet your students at Trade School, receive your barter items, and enjoy the class.

Your class

Your class can be about anything and can be structured in any way you like. Just be sure that you feel comfortable setting the tone and sharing information. You are in charge during your class! Past topics and approaches to teaching have ranged from butter-making workshops to foraging walking tours; from business lectures to group discussions. We find that students want to get to know each other, so classes work best with break-out groups, work in pairs, and lots of student participation.

Your barter items

Here are some tips and guidelines when you think about the barter items that you request for your class.

Think of the barter items you ask for as a giant wish list. Make it as long and as creative as you can.

Try to find some barter items that require skills, time or non-monetary things such as giving advise on creating a personal blog, helping to assemble furniture, sharing a favourite recipe etc.

Asking for help for a charity, local community project or social enterprise as a barter item is acceptable but we cannot accept help for businesses as a barter item.

When it comes to barter items that have a monetary value then we would encourage you to ask for items that are either home-made, locally-produced, can be commonly found in a person’s home or can easily be found in a charity shop.

If you are asking for a specific barter item (such as a packet of tea) that does have to be bought new then, where possible, please specify items from local and independent retail outlets. There are lots of independently–run shops on the Norwich Lanes as well on Norwich Market. 

Trade School Norwich has teamed up with NorLETS. This is Norwich's local LETS scheme where people can barter goods and services with each other. We have agreed that teachers can ask for 10 NorLETS credits as a barter item for their class. These credits are then added to your NorLETS account which you can then use to 'buy' things from other NorLETS members. We would like to encourage our teachers to open a NorLETS account so that you can take advantage of this new partnership. You can find details at the NorLETS website.