Resource Centre

In order to better understand our philosophies we have put together this resource library for you to explore and enjoy!


Check out Charlotte’s Forest School in the UK.

Interview with Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle, Last Child in the Woods, The Web of Life, and other books.

This is a great animation giving an overview of how a democratic school runs, including some history of the model.


Check out the students at Fairhaven Maryland, USA

…and checkout students at the famous Sudbury Valley School, Massachusetts USA

The Alliance for Self-Directed Education (ASDE) is dedicated to informing people about the benefits of, and methods for, allowing children and adolescents to direct their own education.

German teacher (come parent) – Christoph Schuhmann undertakes a journey to understand what ‘Democratic Schools’ actually are, and what it is like being a student at such a school. (A three part documentary)


Education Cities’ foremost mission is to develop the art of collaboration – in the classroom, in schools, in the city, in the state, and in the world.

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Radio NZ’s interview with Sir Ken Robinson about creativity and innovation, and why school’s need to nurture kids innate talents.

Radio NZ’s interview with New Zealand’s own Neuro-Science educator Nathan Wallis about child brain development.

Radio NZ’s interview with Zoe Readhead, daughter of A.S. Neill and headmaster of the famous democratic school Summerhill.

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Also available as an E-book

Workbook also available in book or E-book format.

Articles & Websites

Research in support of investing in conservation education for a sustainable and prosperous future – NZ Department of Conservation

“Getting children outside, immersed in nature, and moving in the outdoors is so therapeutic.A lack of unrestricted outdoor play has contributed to many more children needing occupational therapy services for sensory processing disorders, anxiety, attention deficit disorder and cognitive disabilities…”

“More parents realize that just learning academics is not enough, and they see young people in their communities suffering from a lack of needed learning, and society suffering as well…”

“Kid’s don’t acquire knowledge, they create it.. They build from the inside out their understanding of the world…”

“Long ago, educators came to understand that punishment severely reduces intrinsic motivation, and therefore holds no promise for enhancement of learning. This finding holds true for punishments of all kinds, and also for threats of punishment…”

“By supporting the individual development of each young person within a caring community, democratic education helps young people learn about themselves, engage with the world around them, and become positive and contributing members of society…”

“Exploring student-centred approaches to curriculum implementation”…

“Play is one of the most compelling ways that human  beings learn. Most of us given the freedom to do whatever we want with our time, would choose to play. We would choose the kind of play that sustains, engages and stretches us…”

“I woke up in the morning and said, ‘I’m going to school, and I’m living life. This is my life, and I’m in it.’ All my learning came about without really having it set up. It sort of unfolded…”

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