Progressive Approaches to Education

If you are looking for a child-centred approach to 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 have the best interests of the child at heart.

Why Do We Need Progressive Alternatives to Mainstream Education?

There are many reasons why progressive approaches are becoming more popular, and you can read about these reasons here.

Home Education


Montessori Schools

Democratic and Self-Directed Education

Reggio Emilia Schools

Forest Schools

Waldorf Steiner Schools

Directory of Education Providers

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

Use the magnifying glass icon at the bottom left of the page to filter by educational approach. Education providers are presented as a list but if you click on the flag icon (bottom right) you can view them on a map.

Add an education provider to our directory. 

Further Reading

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