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Alternative Educational Futures Conference in June – sign up now


The Centre for Personalised Education presents a day conference in memory of two radical educators Prof Roland Meighan (1937-2014) and Phillip Toogood (1935-2013)

Friday 17 June 2016 – 0900 to 1700

Birmingham City University, Baker Building, City North Campus, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2SU

The conference seeks to provide delegates with some inspirational appetisers into the world alternative education, alternative thinking and educational futures. Positive, celebratory, drawing on the past and the current, but futures-orientated. An opportunity to suspend current narrow thinking and get a real educational ‘detox’. The conference will be fast moving – a speed dating with alternative thinking leaving participants asking questions and wanting more!

Sally Alexander – The Kimichi School vision. Dr Leslie Barson – Forget learning and education, let’s dance! Dr Hilary Cremin – Reclaiming peace education for the twenty-first century; towards global perspectives grounded in trans-nationality. Dr Ian Cunningham – Self-managed learning made difficult. Fred Garnett WikiQuals; Self-accredited learning and personalised learning environments. Catherine Gathercole – Sharing learning from ‘Young people on the global stage; their education and their influence’. David Gribble – The importance of accepting variety. Professor Clive Harber – Can authoritarian and violent schools educate for peace and democracy? Derry Hannam – The growing network of Sudbury Model schools in Europe and their non-existence in England. Dr Richard House and Josie Alwyn – Steiner education. Peter Humphreys – Professor Roland Meighan and Philip Toogood. Clare Lawrence – Flexischooling and the child with autism; why might it work? Janette Mountford-Lees and Lynda O’Sullivan – Flexischooling at Hollinsclough Primary Academy and Q&A Panel. Dr Harriet Pattison – Home-based education and learning to read (title tbc). Anna Rogozinska – Community education, Caldmore Community Garden. Dr Tim Rudd – Negotiating neo-Liberalism; towards a concept of ‘Refraction’. Alison Sauer – Home-based education and Q&A Panel. Dr Rob Smith – Re-imagining ‘quality’ from a teacher’s perspective in Further Education. StateofEducation – Reflections on experience of critical pedagogy in the classroom. Mark Webster – Finding Voices Making Choices; art and creativity as a means to promote positive social change. Mike Wood – Home Education; the importance of published research to those on the ground (title tbc)

100, Inclusive of academics, teachers, other educators, students, parents and learners from the mainstream and alternatives.

Birmingham City University staff / student allocation – free (first come, first served) thereafter £30
Centre for Personalised Education paid up members free (if interested ask for details when requesting booking information – £25 per year/£12 unwaged)
All other interested participants £30

We anticipate this will be a popular event so please book your place early. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

More Details:
Booking / Conference Information – Please contact Peter Humphreys at

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or telephone: 01922 624097

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