Articles

Learning: Lost and Found, by Patrick Farenga

October 13, 2021

Learning that’s lost in school can be found in many ways, if it needs to be found at all. As a homeschooler and author, I […]

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Becoming a Learner, by Sean Bellamy

October 2, 2021

When I first went up to Cambridge University, I didn’t find Europe’s largest library for over six weeks. I never went to a single History […]

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Rethinking Education: Launch of Podcast Season 2, by James Mannion

September 24, 2021

[A link to the audio version of this article is found at the end.] If you follow the mainstream education debate as avidly as I […]

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Learning Through the Lens of Nature and Natural History is Child’s Play, by Lisa Carne

September 18, 2021

Lisa Carne shares with us a flavour of her book, Natural Curiosity, which is a warm and contemplative insight into her family’s experience of moving […]

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Diverse Educators Call to Action

July 3, 2021

Context: Since July 2020, Diverse Educators have held a quarterly Diversity Roundtable with national stakeholders invested in, and committed to, a system-wide strategy for collaborating […]

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Books about Self-Directed Learning and Democratic Education are like London Buses, by Derry Hannam

June 21, 2021

…None appear for ages, then they all come at once! Does this mean that we are looking at a Post-Pandemic Overton Window for our ideas? […]

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Collaborative Decision-Making: the beating heart of classroom learning, by Dr Geraldine Rowe

June 10, 2021

This article describes my doctoral research into shared decision-making in the classroom and offers hope and encouragement to teachers and school leaders who seek greater […]

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A Call For Youth Liberation, by Alexander Khost

May 20, 2021

“Why are those teachers screaming at those kids?” my son James asked me, with a look of true shock and concern on his face. He […]

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Portsmouth Home Educators’ Legal Action is Important for All Families, by Randall Hardy

April 28, 2021

Following the establishment of a state-controlled education system in England and Wales through the Education Act 1902, most people in Britain have become used to […]

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Not A Chance: How Self-Directed Children Find New Things to Learn, by Dr Naomi Fisher

April 12, 2021

When I start talking about self-directed education, one of the first questions which comes up is, but what about exposure? Surely children don’t know all […]

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Research

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

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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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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