Flexible Futures – Progressive Education

Its full steam ahead for the next phase of bringing flexischooling to the wider educational and public audience. Our own Flexischooling Learning Exchange proved to be a very well attended and terrific event

Alison Sauer (Sauer Consultancy) has been so energetic over the last year in all areas of support, advocacy and promotion for flexischooling. The culmination is an important national Flexischooling Conference developed byAlison. At CPE-PEN we wholeheartedly endorse Alison’s work and this conference. We hope as many of you as possible will attend this major national event.

A National Flexischooling Conference:

 Flexible Futures – Progressive Education’.

 2nd November 2012, Britannia Hotel, Coventry.

 Optional overnight package will include evening meal, accommodation and entertainment for the evening of 1st November.

 Details and booking forms http://www.sc-education.co.uk/flexischooling-conference/

Registration: http://www.sc-education.co.uk/conference-registration/

What is flexischooling?

Flexischooling is an arrangement between the parent/s and the school, whereby the child attends school part-time and is otherwise home educated. Flexischooling is a legal option providing it is agreed by the headteacher. It does ot affect attendance figures as absences are essentially authorised and can be registered as ‘educated offsite.’

Who benefits?

Flexischooling allows children the ‘best of both worlds’ – the freedom to explore and learn outside the confines of a rigid timetable while enjoying the facilities and social benefits of attending a school. A number of schools have been able to serve their community more successfully by offering fl exischooling. Importantly for headteachers, schools can claim full funding for students who are fl exischooled.

What are the challenges?

Accommodating flexischooled children into a full-time curriculum can present some logistical challenges. However, there are numerous success stories of schools that have developed a workable programme. Delegates will learn much more about the solutions available and leave with the tools to develop their own.

Delegates will also get the chance to listen to and debate with people who have direct experience of flexischooling. These include some of the key policy makers who are helping to drive flexischooling forward. Negotiations are ongoing with the government to formally recognise flexischooling as a viable alternative to traditional learning. Delegates will, therefore, be at the forefront of this very exciting development in progressive education.

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