Articles

Punishment, by Sean Bellamy

May 1, 2022

”When people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” Albert Einstein There was a […]

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The Side Effects of School: A Crisis in Mental Health Can’t Be Solved Through Therapy, by Dr Naomi Fisher

April 9, 2022

We’re facing a crisis in young people’s mental health.  Every day I get emails from several parents, asking if I can help their children.  They […]

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Rebooting Public Education, by Richard Fransham

March 9, 2022

Introduction This essay is for people who steadfastly believe that healthy democracies are dependent upon public education being everybody’s first choice. It is written for […]

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A New Educational Paradigm for the 21st century, by Dr Ian Cunningham

February 17, 2022

Just a week before writing this piece, the CEO of a major company and I were discussing what the educational world needs to provide for […]

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Rewilding and Deschooling: a dialogue between Max Hope and Sophie Christophy

January 22, 2022

Authors: Max Hope & Sophie Christophy Max Hope, Director of Rewilding Education and advocate of freedom is passionate about rewilding and is excited about how concepts of […]

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Play, by Sean Bellamy

January 1, 2022

The desire to play is fundamental to the human condition and is impossible to suppress.  Even in the most challenging situations, it will find a way […]

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Educational Rights (for Dummies!), by Katy Zago

December 8, 2021

How can we recover respect for human rights in education? There’s a reason for the ambiguity of my title. Too many people seem to ignore, […]

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Let’s Journey the Wilderness Together, by Dr Jo Sweetland

November 26, 2021

Watching our oldest child’s interest in learning slowly disappear and their curiosity and creativity dwindle became the motivator to us choosing to take all three […]

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Response to UNESCO’s ‘Education in a Post-Covid World’ Report

November 6, 2021

In UNESCO’s Progress Update on the Futures of Education, published in March 2021, UNESCO denied the value of Self-Directed Education and autonomous learning, despite much significant scientific evidence […]

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Why I Started a Small School, by Rosalyn Spencer

November 2, 2021

Dan’s personality had begun to change after he’d started school. He had often been tired and down-hearted when I’d collected him. I had to take […]

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Research

Real World Learning: School 21 and XP

May 3, 2022

Here is a report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), commissioned by the Edge Foundation (published June 2019), which presents the findings of […]

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Journal of Pedagogy: Home-Based Education

October 26, 2021

Volume 12 (2021): Issue 1 (June 2021), Special Issue: Home-Based Education Volume 12 of the Journal of Pedagogy ran a special on home education. It […]

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Evidence Base for Self-Directed Education

October 24, 2021

By Rose Arnold, Suitable-Education.uk, first published October 2021 “Self-directed education is a pedagogy grounded in biology, anthropology, cognitive science, psychology and child development. It is not claimed […]

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The Student Experience of Self Managed Learning (SML): Evidence From Research

January 13, 2021

By Nicola Sankey, March 2008 (with Introduction by Dr. Graham Dawes) [At the time what is now Self Managed Learning College was Called ‘South Downs […]

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Home Education Trends, Preliminary Report

January 8, 2021

By Wendy Charles-Warner, EducationOtherwise.org December 2020 This report examines trends in numbers of home educating families in England. The data was obtained by sending freedom […]

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Home-Education: Aims, Practices and Outcomes

January 7, 2021

By Paula Rothermel, University of Durham, 2002 Abstract This research explores the aims and practices of home-educating families from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. The methodology involves […]

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Preventing school exclusion: a case study of a primary aged autistic child with ADHD and a PDA profile

January 6, 2021

By Catrina Lyle and Heather Leatherland Catrina Lyle is an advisory teacher within the Communication and Interaction team and Heather Leatherland is a mainstream primary […]

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A Summary of Research on Self Managed Learning

January 6, 2021

The material in this document is just a small snapshot of the extensive evaluations carried out on Self Managed Learning with young people. It includes […]

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Learning from the COVID-19 home-schooling experience: Listening to pupils, parents/carers and teachers

October 21, 2020

A report by Mari-Ana Jones (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Sara Bubb (University College London Institute of Education): “In Spring 2020, schools in […]

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Staff of 2030: Future-Ready Teaching

August 19, 2020

In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Staff of 2030: Future-Ready Teaching report Esther Wojcicki advocates “20% time” to introduce self-directed learning into the schedule: “This should […]

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News

Announcing a series of 5 FREE events by Progressive Education and Omnis Education

March 9, 2022

We are delighted to be collaborating with Omnis Education to bring you a series of five live webinars in our Progressive Education Group on Facebook. […]

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Live Events in the Progressive Education Group

January 9, 2022

We are excited to announce the launch of Progressive Education Facebook Lives which will be taking place in our Progressive Education Group on Facebook. These […]

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Response to UNESCO’s ‘Education in a Post-Covid World’ Report

November 6, 2021

In UNESCO’s Progress Update on the Futures of Education, published in March 2021, UNESCO denied the value of Self-Directed Education and autonomous learning, despite much significant scientific evidence […]

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Right to Education and the French Authoritarian Context

January 28, 2021

Three European organisations advocating human rights and freedom in education – ALLI asbl (Luxemboug), Les Enfants d’Abord (France), and Full Human Rights-Experience Education – as […]

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What Are Your Training Needs?

October 24, 2020

Courses/workshops on progressive education coming soon: Please feed back as to what content and format you require. Progressive Education is collaborating with Holistic Learning and […]

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Do Students Need to “Catch Up?”

September 6, 2020

There is much talk in the news at the moment about students needing to “catch up” post Covid-19, but is this extra pressure on parents, […]

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‘Drill and kill’ for England’s state schools while private sector goes progressive

August 19, 2020

“As ministers persist with traditional teaching, including children sitting in rows, independent schools have switched to team and project-based learning. There’s been a huge change […]

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The Long, Insidious Shadows of Colonialism

June 15, 2020

“There’s a virus going around. You may have heard of it. It’s highly infectious and can infect whole swathes of the population at any given […]

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The Black British History You May Not Know About

June 15, 2020

This article points out that the transatlantic slave trade and the US civil rights movement are largely the only black history taught in UK schools, […]

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Coronavirus shows us it’s time to rethink everything. Let’s start with education.

May 12, 2020

Guardian columnist, George Monbiot says that now is the time for a Great Reset. “I believe that education should work outwards from our principal challenges […]

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