Category: Articles

Sep 24
Rethinking Education: Launch of Podcast Season 2, by James Mannion

[A link to the audio version of this article is found at the end.] If you follow the…

Sep 18
Learning Through the Lens of Nature and Natural History is Child’s Play, by Lisa Carne

Lisa Carne shares with us a flavour of her book, Natural Curiosity, which is a warm…

Jul 03
Diverse Educators Call to Action

Context: Since July 2020, Diverse Educators have held a quarterly Diversity Roundtable…

Jun 21
Books about Self-Directed Learning and Democratic Education are like London Buses, by Derry Hannam

…None appear for ages, then they all come at once! Does this mean that we are…

Jun 10
Collaborative Decision-Making: the beating heart of classroom learning, by Dr Geraldine Rowe

This article describes my doctoral research into shared decision-making in the…

May 20
A Call For Youth Liberation, by Alexander Khost

“Why are those teachers screaming at those kids?” my son James asked me, with a look…

Apr 28
Portsmouth Home Educators’ Legal Action is Important for All Families, by Randall Hardy

Following the establishment of a state-controlled education system in England and…

Apr 12
Not A Chance: How Self-Directed Children Find New Things to Learn, by Dr Naomi Fisher

When I start talking about self-directed education, one of the first questions which…

Apr 01
Response from Summerhill on National School Abuse Scandal

A Statement from Zoë Readhead-Neill, Principal at Summerhill School: Today the UK…

Feb 20
Catching up from COVID, by Dr Naomi Fisher

Children’s long term well-being depends on being given the time to make sense of their…

Feb 20
#ImLearning: Celebrating children’s learning during Covid, by Dr Caroline Palmer and Kathryn Pratt

[This article was originally published on Age of Awareness which is Medium’s largest…

Feb 09
Unschooling School: supporting the Innate Philosophy of learning within our current schools, by Heather MacTaggart

Our world needs creative problem solvers. People who know how they learn, how to…

Feb 09
Let’s change our minds about lockdown learning, and give kids a break, by Naomi Fisher

Naomi Fisher is a clinical psychologist and author.  Her book ‘Changing Our Minds; How…

Jan 21
Whatever Happened to Alternative Education? By Freya Aquarone

[This article was originally published by Radix whose vision is a sustainable society…

Jan 13
‘This is the Best Thing in School’: Self Managed Learning at Uckfield Community Technology College

By Andrea Hazeldin, Deputy Principal and Head of College, Uckfield Community…

Dec 16
If it works don’t fix it. Leave Home Education alone as it works. Sort out the problems in schools, by Ian Cunningham

There is no need for a change in current arrangements for home education. The law on…

Dec 06
Another Way is Possible: Becoming a Democratic Teacher in a State School, by Derry Hannam

Transcript from Derry Hannam’s talk at the International Democratic Education…

Dec 06
The gifts that home-schooling parents give their children, by Joe Atkinson

I’ve worked with families that home-school for a variety of reasons.  Some enforced…

Dec 01
Don’t Go Back, Recreate the School, by Helena Singer

After six months of school buildings being closed, debates, balance sheets, proposals,…

Nov 30
Reaching out: when learning doesn’t look like school, by Rachel Evans

Recently there have been renewed concerns from the media and policy makers about home…