Approaches

Progressive Approaches to Education

If you are looking for a progressive alternative to traditional education, you will find a list below, which clicks through to some information about the options available to you.

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 and aim to equip children and young people with appropriate skills for the 21st century.


Why Do We Need Progressive Alternatives to Mainstream 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

Flexi-Schooling

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, by Fiona Carnie

www.eastkentsudburyschool.org.uk – The website for 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.