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A description of the new European Democratic Education Community.

Zsa-Zsa Shea

Siegfried Bernfeld
A response to the extract from Siegfried Bernfeld’s article on the Baumgarten Children’s Home, posted on this site in September 2008.

Robert Hamm

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Extracts from a book by David Mearns and Brian Thorne on Carl Rogers' approach to counselling, rewritten to illustrate an approach to education.

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Edge Learner Forums aim to promote vocational qualifications and bring them up to an equal status with academic learning. In fact they do much more.

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An account of a visit to Butterflies, the organisation for street and working children in New Delhi.

Jerry Mintz

Amukta Mahapatra describes Neel Bagh, founded by David Horsburgh in 1972, the inspiration for many prominent Indian educators.

Amukta Mahapatra

Alan was one of the victims of the raising of the school-leaving age in 1972. His experience has contemporary relevance.

Alan Nettleton

An account of what must be the most widespread liberalisation of education anywhere in the world.

Amukta Mahapatra

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A new student teacher's unexpected response to the demand for an essay.

Lucy Golston

Positive and negative reactions to the new English Education and Skills Bill

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Inspiring extracts from the leaflets published by William Booth Nursery and Infant School in Nottingham

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An anonymous poem from the 1990s

Nigel Wright responds to Jenny Auster's article published on this site in May last year, and Jenny Auster replies.

bernfeld-smallThe Kinderheim Baumgarten was an innovative Jewish children's home set up in Vienna after the first world war.

Siegfried Bernfeld.


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Leonard Turton

An address to The first EUDEC (European Democratic Education Conference) which was held at the University of Leipzig in 2008. 

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The Indian organisation, Shikshantar, runs a campaign against academic qualifications. They have published many relevant stories. 

Mie Shure

Akira Potter has been a pupil at two free schools in Japan, and at Summerhill. He describes his experiences.

Akira Potter

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A response to Peter Higginson's article

James Bar Bowen

Young girl

An extract from the NGO alternative report on the UK implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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The speech delivered by Danielle Souness, of Room 13, at the Artworks Conference in the Tate Modern, when she was twelve years old.

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The December Newsletter from Hope Flowers School, in Bethlehem.

An ex-pupil tells of her own experiences at the school and describes the effect it had on her life.

Jenny Auster

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Coole Schule, the Austrian association of school students, gives up on politics.

Luke Flegg

An email correspondence between Luke Flegg, an ex-pupil of Sands School, and Moe Zimmerberg, staff member at the Tutorial School, New Mexico.


Extracts from Tolstoy's writing about his school at Yasnaya Polyana

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CWC's report of the first public children's meetings in Karnataka

Research into School Councils

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Two views of the London Secondary Schools Action Research Project on school councils. 

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 An extract from the prospectus of the proposed Netzwerkschule in Berlln

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Comments on the NASUWT's position statement in which they justify their anxiety about current development of student voice in British Schools.

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This obituary for the great Russian teacher is translated from his school's website.

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A new book is planned by ex-students of Michael Duane's celebrated school.

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Booroobin, as small Sudbury school in Australia, joins the list of free schools threatened by government action.

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A Free School Meets the Exam System

Kapriole, a free school in Bad Würtemberg, takes its first exams.

A teacher at Bishop's Park College, in Clacton, writes about the inspiration he found there.

Mark Curtis

Young girl

A new experience for someone used to introducing democratic meetings to older groups

Jerry Mintz

The Houses of Parliament

An examination of leadership, personalisation and high performance schooling

Michael Fielding

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A year-eight pupil at George Mitchell School in Leyton describes some of the innovations there.

Sylvia Lim

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The University of the Third Age, established to offer further education to the over forty-fives is healthily anti-authoritarian.

Martyn Everett

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A model of an educational philosophy adapted, with permission, from a diagram by Lynne Smith.

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In Falko Peschel's classes, children really want to learn.

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Why, when bilingualism is so highly valued, are immigrant languages ignored?

Christine Hélot

An account of a school in Alsace where languages are taught in a different way

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Igor Mitschka, aged 14, of Austria's Cool School Association, has organised two children's conferences, open to every school student in the country.

Circus skills

Circus Kaos is not a typical circus – it doesn't have any animals and its artists come under the Youth Protection Act.

Ruth Schleicher

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An open letter from the Executive Director of the Indian organisation, the Concerned for Working Children (CWC)

Damodar Acharya

Edited extracts from the report by P. J. Lolichen of the CWC (The Concerned for Working Children) on their 2005 research into access and mobility.

Adapted from reflections in the report by P. J. Lolichen