Articles

The Wrong Environment for a Child, by Jodie Smitten Bsc Psy. PgC Autism. MBPSs.

July 26, 2020

Hold on to your seats…. This may get a bit ranty! I absolutely love my job, the autistic children I get the privilege to meet […]

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The 20% Project for Schools – A Modest Proposal, by Derry Hannam

June 19, 2020

What young people need It seems to me that the crucial commodity that young people need in order to find and deepen their interests and identity, […]

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Education: Time For a Change? By Zoë Neill Readhead

June 11, 2020

I would rather Summerhill produced a happy street sweeper than a neurotic Prime Minister” A S Neill, pioneering funder of Summerhill School A lot of […]

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Free to Learn? By Dr Pam Jarvis

June 6, 2020

What is ‘freedom to learn’? Arguments on this point stretch back into history. For example, Alfred the Great of England (849–899) expressed a wish for […]

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Learn for Tomorrow. Now.

May 22, 2020

Parents and the State have an obligation to provide education for all children. To this end, compulsory education has been institutionalised and, depending on the […]

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Online Resources for Learning at Home During the Coronavirus Lockdown

May 1, 2020

Six weeks into lockdown, you might be looking for new inspiration for home-based activities for children and young people. We’ve pulled together 10 blogs and […]

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Unschooling Reading and Maths: Challenging our Fears, by Heidi Steel

April 26, 2020

Unschooling, in its most basic form, is living a life without school. It challenges us, as adults, to consider what learning looks like without school […]

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The New World of Home Learning, by Ian Cunningham

April 7, 2020

It is 2 April 2020 and we were in the early stages in England of the coronavirus or Covid-19 crisis. Schools have been closed and […]

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Why Schooling is a Major Contributor to the [Socio-Economic-Ecological] Crisis – and What Can be Done About it. By Ian Cunningham

March 11, 2020

Introduction In this essay I will use as my starting point the ‘Manifesto for Change’ elaborated by Robinson et al, 2009. Each of the nine […]

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What is a 21st Century Education? By Ian Cunningham

March 11, 2020

Some people have suggested that the only change from Victorian schools to those of today is from black to white – blackboards have changed to […]

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Research

“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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Research into Children’s Rights Education

March 10, 2020

A Review of Recent Research into Children’s Rights Based Education in State Schools in Hampshire, England by Derry Hannam for the Spring 2011 edition of […]

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Soft Skills Training in Schools Improves Health and Behaviour

March 6, 2020

A trial of a new curriculum to improve soft skills in secondary school children has shown that it can boost their physical health and behaviour, […]

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News

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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Coronavirus Reminds Us What Education Without Schooling Can Look Like

March 11, 2020

“The coronavirus outbreak might help some parents discover better alternatives outside of traditional schooling.” Read the full article here: https://fee.org/articles/coronavirus-reminds-us-what-education-without-schooling-can-look-like/ Published by: Foundation for Economic […]

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