Learning Exchange (LEX) – Alternative Educational Futures Saturday 25th March 2017

  Centre for Personalised Education

        Learning Exchange (LEX) – Alternative Educational Futures

           Saturday 25th March 1030-1630

           Twitter: #AlternativeEducationalFutures

Venue : Walsall College Hub

After our enormously successful Centre for Personalised Education Alternative Educational Futures Conference last June at Birmingham City University join us for our latest Learning Exchange (LEX) event. We have a diverse line up and interesting themes running throughout the day. Come along and listen, question, contribute, talk, network and enjoy!

Dr Rachel Sara LewisRadicalisation in Education. Peter Humphreys – Centre for Personalised Education. Emma DykeFlexischooling update. Dr Harriet Pattison – Some Reflections on Fundamental British Values and the Alternative. Nikki O’Rourke‘Curious Minds’ Pop-up Learning Space / Re-imagining School / Self-directed Education.  Dr Tim Rudd – Negotiating Neoliberalism. Developing Alternative Educational Visions. Fiona Beavan – PhD research: Transition at 5 years to Full-time School. Alison Sauer – Home Education – the Spectrum. Mike Wood Educational Heretics Press (tbc)



Fiona Beavan

Fiona is a lecturer in Further Education, home educator and trustee/director of the Centre for Personalised Education. Fiona is embarking on her PhD into Transition at 5 years to Full-time School. Mum to eleven lovely children. Fiona has an MA in a Early Childhood and is director/ founder of charity Joshua’s Boxes. Facebook Groups – Centre for Personalised Education

Emma Dyke

Emma is a home educator and trustee/director of the Centre for Personalised Education. Emma leads and co-ordinates the Flexischooling Strategy Group and moderates and supports the Flexischooling Facebook forums. She is currently working with Peter Humphreys and Alison Sauer on a Flexischooling Handbook for parents, learners and schools. Facebook Groups – Flexischooling Families UK, Flexischooling Practitioners, Flexischooling.

Peter Humphreys

Peter is Chair, trustee and a director of the Centre for Personalised Education – Personalised Education Now (CPE-PEN). Peter spent 25 years as a primary teacher, 10 years as Headteacher going on to work as an educational consultant covering roles in local authority advisory service, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) and Futurelab. He is a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University in teacher education. Peter co-authored the 2005 Futurelab Report: Personalisation and Digital Technologies and the Learner’s Charter for a Personalised Learning Environment following in 2006 with his own article Towards a Personalised Educational Landscape. Other writing includes: Personalised Education: A Framework for Evaluation and Educational Reconstruction, in Taking Choice Seriously, Webster, M (2008); a Futurelab report:  Fountaineers: Exploring the impact of a whole-school co-design project Emerging issues and implications for pedagogy, curriculum and learning space design (2009).  He was editor of the CPE-PEN Journal 2004-2016 writing regularly… Personalised Education, (2004); Landscapes, Travellers and Technology, (2005); Recycling Schools, Special Journal (2007); Evolutionary Development …letting it grow, (2009); BBC’s ‘The Classroom Experiment – obscuring the real issues (2011);  Flexischoolng,  Special Journal (2012); Flexischooling Guidance, Special Journal (2012); Christopher Shute, Special Journal (2013); Philip Toogood, Special Journal (2013); Roland Meighan, Special Journal (2014); Personalised Education and Co-operation. Connections, Journal of Co-operative Studies. Special Ed. Co-operative Learning in Education. Vol 44. No.3 (2011). Peter’s most recent work includes Rethinking Learning and Lives 2040: Educational Technologies and Personalised Learning Landscapes (2014) and Neoliberal Schooling, Dehumanisation and an Education (2017) in Rudd, T. & Goodson, I. F. [Eds.] (2017). Negotiating Neoliberalism: Developing Alternative Educational Visions. Sense Publishers. Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei.

Centre for Personalised Education – Personalised Education Now.

Facebook Groups – Centre for Personalised Education, Flexischooling Families UK, Flexischooling Practitioners, Flexischooling. Twitter: Centre for Person Ed @cpe_pen

Dr Rachel Sara Lewis

Forever practicing to be perfect Muslim, qualified secondary school religious studies teacher, with a PhD in theology. Education activist, home educating mother of four, an avid traveller living and working in Leeds. As a home educating parent I look at education from the perspective that it is my right and my choice to educate my children within the ‘village’ of my choice, but I respect the choice of others to send their children to school and reserve the right to do so myself within stringent perimeters. Education is a passion of mine and I enjoy it so much, that I open my home up to paying customers while tutoring those in my community who cannot afford to pay.

Nikki O’Rourke

Nikki’s Twitter feed states she is an education geek and slightly neurotic mum to two lovely/lively little boys. She is also a qualified primary, early years’ teacher. She has had varied experience in state education from nurturing to less so. Nikki stopped teaching 7 years ago, when she became a mother. She later tried to set up a free school.. Nikki is currently a home educator and working looking to set up the ‘Curious Minds’ Pop-up Learning Space / Re-imagining School / Self-directed Education. Nikki is a trustee / director of the Centre for Personalised Education. Facebook Groups – Centre for Personalised Education.

Dr Harriet Pattison

I am now an erstwhile home educator lecturing in the Early Childhood Department at Liverpool Hope University and flying the flag of the alternative to a surprisingly receptive audience.  I completed my doctoral thesis on home educated children learning to read and am very pleased to be finally able to return this work to the home educating community who made it possible.  It has been a work of endless fascination to me and I shall be continuing to write and think about reading and the wider implications of the research in the time ahead.  I have also become equally fascinated by the philosophy of the alternative and am developing work in this area too.  My writing includes: Pattison, H (2016) Education and the Time of our Lives in Other Education Special Issue ed N. Peim. (forthcoming) ; Pattison, H and Thomas A (2016) Great Expectations:  Agenda and Authority in Technological, Hidden and Cultural  Curriculums in eds  Noddings, N and Lees, H in Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan; Pattison, H (2015) How to Desire Differently: Home Education as a Heterotopia in The Journal of Philosophy of Education,  (49)  4; Thomas, A and Pattison, H (2015) The Informal Acquisition and Development of Literacy in: P. Rothermel (Ed.) International Perspectives on Home Education, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan; Thomas, A. & Pattison, H. (2013) Informal home education: philosophical aspirations put into practice. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 32, 141-154

http://www.othereducation.org/index.php/OE Harriet’s latest title is Pattison, H (2016) Rethinking Learning to Read: The Challenge from Children Educated at Home. Educational Heretics Press.

Dr Tim Rudd

Tim was Head of Evidence and Research at the British Educational and Communications Technology Agency (Becta) and then appointed Senior Researcher at Futurelab, a world leading research and development charity focussing on innovation and educational transformation utilising new technologies. Currently, Tim is Principal Lecturer at the Education Research Centre at the University of Brighton. His research interests include: the sociology of education; educational technology; the politics and ideology of educational technology; learner voice and empowerment; alternative educational discourse and practice; and equity and social justice in education.

Tim is currently working on research activities relating to: ‘critical perspectives on educational technology’, and ‘resisting neo liberal education and alternative educational discourse, systems and practice’.

Rudd, T. & Goodson, I. F. [Eds.] (2017). Negotiating Neoliberalism: Developing Alternative Educational Visions. Sense Publishers. Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei.



Alison Sauer (F. Inst. Pa.)

Alison Sauer has been practising in the area of home education for approximately 17 years. She has provided training to local authorities on the law and practice of home education and their duties in that regard, for much of the past 12 years. She provides an advisory service along with Wendy Charles Warner for home educating parents involving, amongst other aspects, independent, third party assessment of educational provision and writing expert reports in respect of the standard of that provision, to local authorities and the courts. The advice also extends to supporting home educating families in their dealings with social services and other agencies. She is a trustee for ‘The Centre for Personalised Education’. On several occasions over last 5 years she has given witness evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee on the subject of home education. She has also acted as an advisor on home education law and practice to NGOs in the UK and abroad.  Alison additionally campaigns for and supports families and schools in developing flexischooling. Alison is currently working with Peter Humphreys and Emma Dyke on a Flexischooling Handbook for parents, learners and schools. 

Facebook Groups: Home Education and your Local Authority: Help with dealing with officialdom, https://www.facebook.com/groups/239232119524989/  Flexischooling Families UK, Flexischooling Practitioners, Flexischooling, Centre for Personalised Education.

Mike Wood

Mike is an experienced home educator, author, researcher, speaker and publisher. Mike runs Home Education UK, the largest home education support site in the country. Mike runs Educational Heretics Press and is developing a broader web presence and is moving into eBooks alongside hard copy contents. Mike’s own books include his research on home-based education: The Face of Home-based Education 1, 2005; The Face of Home-based Education 2, 2006; Can’t Go Won’t Go, 2007. His latest work  – all published with Educational Heretics Press.

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  • 60… Inclusive of academics, teachers, other educators, students, parents and learners from the mainstream and alternatives and interested citizens. Rather than talking within bubbles and silos we seek to network these constituencies.  Learning with and from each other creating a shared dialogue, mutual respect and understanding whilst generating visions of a future personalised, educational landscape. Listen, question, contribute, talk, network, enjoy!



  • The venue is disability accessible with gentle ramps from the outside. The event room is first floor but disability accessible with lifts.
  • There are disabled toilet facilities

Car Parking

  • There is secure on campus car parking at the rear of the College Hub. Press the intercom at barrier and explain you are attending the event you will then have access.


  • We do not have a dedicated crèche and if attending, young children will be the responsibility of parents. There are a number of common areas that children / parents / guardians could use. Walsall town centre with every shop imaginable is just 5 mins away.
  • Cultural attractions close by…. The world famous Walsall New Art Gallery (5 mins walk) ; the  Walsall Leather Museum (2 mins walk) Light Cinema (5 mins)  Walsall Library (inc Children’s library) (5 mins walk), Walsall Arboretum (amazing park, café etc) (5 mins walk)

Refreshments and Food

  • We try to keep costs to a minimum. Participants can choose to purchase their own lunchtime refreshments and food from a ground floor food outlet, alternatively, attendees can bring their own sandwiches and eat in the event rooms / other Hub areas.
  • CPE will provide drinks (tea/coffee/water/ juice etc.) throughout the event and on arrival, lunchtime and at the end of the programme.


  • All participants will need a learning badge (collect on arrival) to move in / out and around the building. Please return these at the end of the day.


  • – Current Centre for Personalised Education paid up members: FREE
  • – Non CPE Members. We have a sliding scale. A minimum of £6 per adult but we would welcome £11 / £16 according to your ability to pay. (Children and young people free).


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