Articles

Going, going, gone. What the sudden rise in home education does (and doesn’t) tell us about the school system, by Anna Dusseau

November 25, 2020

Recruitment, retention, results. This was what I gathered from my first meeting on the Sixth Form Management Team (SMT), back in the early teens of […]

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The impact of school on young people’s mental health: a UCL doctoral student shares his findings, by States of Mind

November 25, 2020

With our youth-led research project, Breaking The Silence, we’re exploring the impact of the UK’s educational system on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Today […]

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Schools are prioritising academic achievement over wellbeing and growth, by States of Mind

November 19, 2020

With our youth-led research project, Breaking The Silence, we’re exploring the impact of the UK’s educational system on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Today […]

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The Case for Un-Learning, by Ross Mountney

November 17, 2020

You maybe don’t realise but in order to home educate successfully parents have some serious un-learning to do! Un-learning? That’s a bit contrary for an […]

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Let Us Unleash All Potential, by Katy Zago

November 14, 2020

Diversity? Financial sustainability? Creativity? Let us unleash all potential! As an active member of the Luxembourg Treasury Association (ATEL) for about 20 years, I had the […]

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Creating a Democratic Class and Curriculum, by Derry Hannam

October 28, 2020

Rather than impose my own idea of the kind of structures that the class democracy should have I decided that we would make it up […]

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Our School Systems Are Not Working – Some Proposals For Change

October 21, 2020

This is a transcript of a speech given by Derry Hannam at the Holistic School, Taiwan on 18th October 2020: I am very pleased to […]

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Are Parents Teachers? By Kimberley Cooper

October 21, 2020

Working during the pandemic as a full-time primary class teacher and being a parent with two young children, I have come to reassess these important […]

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Is Progressive Education Really… Progressive? By Max Hope

October 10, 2020

I like words. I think about words. I dream about words. I sometimes wake up with words, sentences and paragraphs in my head. Words explain […]

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OK – You’re Certified, by Derry Hannam

September 30, 2020

“OK You’re certified,” said the friendly twelve-year-old boy. Throughout 25 years of advocating the democratisation of schools I have often feared these words yet when […]

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Research

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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I was a Teenage Governor

August 19, 2020

These papers are the reports of the first and second stages in the ‘I was a teenage governor’ project, organised by the Institute for Public […]

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“The Hannam Report” – Investigating the Impact of Student Participation on Education

March 21, 2020

This study from 2001, by Derry Hannam (a now retired state secondary school teacher, deputy/acting headteacher and Ofsted inspector) evaluates the impact of the student […]

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Home Schooled Children’s Social Skills

March 12, 2020

“Research affirms that although homeschooling parents are not worried about their children’s social development, they do care about it. In fact, they are strongly committed […]

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Summer Born Report

March 11, 2020

The Campaign for Flexible School Admissions for Summer Born Children, or “Summer Born Campaign” was launched by parents, carers and professionals who believe that a summer […]

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A Healthy Foundation for the Future

March 11, 2020

A report by The Health Foundation (2019) found that 80% of teachers feel that the focus on exams has become disproportionate to the focus on […]

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The Hole in the Wall Project and the Power of Self-Organized Learning

March 11, 2020

“…we did extensive research in self-directed learning, in many places and through many cultures. Each time, the children were able to develop deep learning by […]

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Home School Vs State School

March 10, 2020

Specific Differences in the Educational Outcomes of Those Students who are Home Schooled Vs. Students in a Traditional School Setting This report (by Kathi Moreau, […]

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Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream

March 10, 2020

A study by Patrick Basham, John Merrifield, and Claudia R. Hepburn This is the 2nd edition of a study published by The Fraser Institute (2007). […]

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News

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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Headteachers Call for a Kinder School System

May 8, 2020

Ten years since Michael Gove’s reforms began, coronavirus shows up their failings, says the Headteachers’ Roundtable – and offers a chance for change. Ros McMullen, […]

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School’s Really Out…

April 7, 2020

Clinical psychologist, Dr Naomi Fisher with an update to her recent article, as children learn at home during the coronavirus pandemic. “On a global scale, […]

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School Refusal: Crime, Mental Disorder, or Human Right?

March 11, 2020

“Views on school refusal depend on beliefs about children and human rights.” Read the full article here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/freedom-learn/202002/school-refusal-crime-mental-disorder-or-human-right Published by: Psychology Today Date: February 2020 […]

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School’s Out… Arguments for Self-Directed Education

March 11, 2020

“I set out to find out more about education where children are active agents. Perhaps the most radical type of all is self-directed education, where […]

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