About Us

The Progressive Education website was created in 2020 by Jo Symes, a mum from the UK, following the success of the Progressive Education Group on Facebook.

Jo set up the Facebook Group as a result of a disappointing start to her sons’ schooling, which set her on a path exploring alternative approaches to conventional methods in education. The group grew rapidly and is now an international community of almost 4,000 members, including parents, teachers, academics, education innovators, psychologists and researchers.

So many inspirational resources are shared – from TED talks, academic papers, books, articles to campaigns and innovative education projects – that Jo felt it was important to set up this Progressive Education info hub so that others can benefit.

This website explores why we need progressive alternatives to conventional methods in education, provides information on what the alternative approaches are, and shares the changes that people want to see within state education.

Our directory of education providers lists progressive schools and learning communities in the UK aimed at school-aged children and young people (4-18 years). We have included providers which aim to put the child at the centre of their approach: Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Democratic/Self-Directed Education, Forest School, Small Schools and Waldorf Steiner. We also have a list of online schools.

If you are seeking employment within the progressive education sector, our jobs directory lists posts for facilitators/teachers, support staff and campaign/policy work.

If you work in a school or you have a primary or secondary aged child, you can visit our School Support page for ideas to enhance the student experience.

We have also shared some campaigns which work to bring about positive changes within the state education system, list events about progressive education, and we are building a library of articles and research

Have a look through our Voices from the Sector pages to hear why progressive education is so important for the 21st century. You can hear perspectives from parents, teachers, progressive educators, young people, state school innovators, psychologists and researchers.

We hope you will find these resources useful.