Schola Liberum is an entirely fresh approach to learning for all children

It is neither traditional home education , not is it conventional school. It lies between and beyond both those approaches.
Schola Liberum does not imply a criticism of either of those approaches; it exists for families and learners for whom those and other traditional solutions are not working. We have currently submitted a bid to be funded as a UK Free School. although Schola Liberum will in time have a global reach.

overview diagram:

scholaLib diagram

Summary document is here: "SCHOLA LIBERUM a free school for the third millennium"


introducing the vocabulary:

A CLUSTER is around 6 children. They would normally be mixed age and mixed-gender.

The children are overseen (but not taught) by a LEAD RESPONSIBLE ADULT (LRA) these would normally be parents on a rota so that they might continue to still work for the rest of the week - with slightly flexible employment, their employed work beyond their LRA role could be full time.

Each LRA would also have an ADULT ASSISTANT - we think these may often be grandparents, but others too.

Each child has a DEDICATED ON-LINE TUTOR responsible for the oversight of their learning. These tutors support a maximum of 6 children who may often be in different clusters

During a typical week, the clusters would also visit BASE CAMPS - regular places for learning away from the homes: libraries, outdoor spaces, field centres, museums, botanical gardens, workplaces (where appropriate) and much more.

Everyone is Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked - ie police cleared for work with children.

PROJECT BASED LEARNING (PBL) characterises much of the children's activity in these base camps. We expect them to evidence their learning and progress through normal parameters.

Schola Liberum's LIBRARIAN / CURATOR manages the huge range of on-line resources that are available and age appropriate

Children's progress will normally be by STAGE NOT AGE

Curriculum will follow the INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE ® (IB)




this page created June 24, 2016 by Prof Stephen Heppell, and last updated on Monday, July 9, 2018 11:08