Schools of Interest

Sands School

The democratically run secondary school in Ashburton, Devon

Sudbury Valley School

The much imitated free school in Massachusetts


The progressive, co-educational, residential school, Summerhill, set up by A. S. Neill in 1921

For a list of other schools of interest, go to


Anarchist organisations


A multi-lingual news service by, for, and about anarchists

The Anarchist Bookfair

This bookfair, attended by thousands, is held in London every October.

Education Workers Network (SolFed)Workers Network (SolFed)

Anarcho-syndicalist education workers.

Freedom Press

Freedom Press (which includes Freedom Newspaper, Freedom Bookshop and Freedom Publishing) is a longstanding anarchist publisher based in Whitechapel, East London.

Peace News

Peace News, the international, antimilitarist magazine, is written and produced by and for activists, campaigners and radical academics from all over the world.


Education Organisations

Alternative Education Resource Organization

AERO is considered by many to be the primary hub of communications for educational alternatives around the world

Australasian Association for Progressive and Alternative Education


Education Otherwise

Education Otherwise is a UK-based membership organisation which provides support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school, and for those who wish to uphold the freedom of families to take proper responsibility for the education of their children

ESSA see Student Voice
European Democratic Education Community (EUDEC) A pan-European organisation that aims to take a pro-active in the development of democratic education throughout the continent

Human Scale Education

Human Scale Education is an education reform movement committed to small scale learning communities based on the values of democracy, fairness and respect. HSE works directly with schools and parents to promote human scale learning environments where children and young people are known and valued as individuals.


An account of the International Democratic Education Network, including a list of democratic schools around the world.

IWW Education Workers


National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools

A US non-profit coalition of schools, groups, and individuals committed to participant control of education

Phoenix Education This website is designed to give you further information about democratic education – what it is, why it’s beneficial, how it works in practice, where it’s happening in the UK and abroad, and where you can find help and support.
Radical Education Forum The Radical Education Forum is a group of people working in a wide range of educational settings who meet monthly in London to discuss radical pedagogical theories and techniques, and contemporary issues of interest to those involved in education. We are interested in how these theories and questions can inform our practice.
Student Voice This is the website for ESSA,the English Secondary Students’ Association.It is run by students, for students aged 11 to 19 years old, and supports young people's voice on issues which affect their lives at school or college. It provides support, training and advice to help students to get involved in decision making. It also works closely with students in other European countries through a student-led organisation called OBESSU (Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions).
The Woodcraft Folk The Woodcraft Folk is an educational movement for children and young people, which aims to develop self confidence and activity in society, with the aim of building a world based on equality, friendship, peace and co-operation



Other Websites

AK Distribution


AK Press and Distribution


David Gribble David Gribble taught at Dartington Hall School for almost thirty years, and was then one of the joint founders of Sands School. Since retiring he has visited democratic schools all round the world and written books about them. This site includes articles he has written, talks he has given and much other information.

Freedom Press

Freedom Press (which includes Freedom Newspaper, Freedom Bookshop and Freedom Publishing) is a longstanding anarchist publisher based in Whitechapel, East London.

Jenny Collins

Jenny Collins has been teaching in primary schools since 2001. Her Disgruntled Teacher blog, a revealing look at the topsy-turvy world of education in England, has been online since October 2012. It's a series of bulletins from inside the machine.

The Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive

An archive, research library and study centre with a specialist interest in progressive/alternative/democratic education. Lib Ed's archives are held here

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