Progressive Approaches to Education

If you are looking for a progressive alternative to traditional education, you will find a list of approaches below, which clicks through to some further information.

For the purposes of this website we are referring to all of them as “progressive”. We define progressive approaches to education as those which are forward-thinking, put students’ needs at the core and aim to equip children and young people with appropriate skills for the 21st century.

Why Do We Need Progressive Alternatives to Traditional Education?

There are many reasons why progressive approaches are becoming more popular. Our website presents the concerns that people have with our state education system and fifteen changes that many are calling for.

Home Education


Montessori Schools

Democratic and Self-Directed Education

Reggio Emilia Schools

Forest Schools

Waldorf Steiner Schools

Online Schools

Directory of Education Providers

Search our directory for progressive schools and learning communities near you.

In order to search, in some browsers you will need to click on “Filters”. From there you can search by keyword (e.g. location, school name), and you can filter by educational approach. In other browsers you will see these three icons at the bottom of the page:

You can click on the magnifying glass icon to get to the Filters option as per above. You can use the other icons to view education providers in a list (list icon) or on a map (flag icon). We aim to make the search functionality more sophisticated over time.

If you would like to add an education provider to our directory, please get in touch.

Further Reading

Alternative Approaches to Education: A Guide for Teachers and Parents, book by Fiona Carnie

Other Education, the Journal of Educational Alternatives – This publication focuses on the theory, philosophy and practice of educational alternatives, such as home education, de-schooling, democratic schooling, Sudbury, Montessori, Steiner and alternative approaches within mainstream. – Max Hope works as an independent scholar, facilitator, educator, researcher, activist and writer. Her website brings together alternative education, freedom, social justice and the wild world. – The website of self-directed/democratic East Kent Sudbury School has an interesting blog and a podcast which discusses SDE/democratic education, home education and various alternative approaches.

Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School? the case for helping them leave, chart their own paths, and prepare for adulthood at their own pace, by Blake Boles