If we want a democratic society, we need democratic education.

The world is a fascinating place and children are curious, with an intrinsic capacity to learn and interest in the world around them.

If we work together, we can find more ways to support children to grow up in co-created spaces where they self-direct their learning and take part in decisions that affect their lives.


We’re initiating this review because we believe that our collective efforts can bring about a real shift. We’re on a quest to get to know the other pioneers in this field, to understand how they are working to democratise our systems, and to figure out how we can work together to overcome the obstacles.


There are several ways you can contribute to this conversation:

  • If you have a few minutes to spare, please respond to our Survey here.
  • Consider attending one of our events, in which we will co-create themed discussions.
  • We invite you to browse the pages on your left to take a closer look at what’s happening at the Phoenix Education Trust and the scope of this review.


For anything else, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


By the end of July, we will publish preliminary findings from the Survey. Then, informed by what people have told us, we will create a Plan for Phoenix, outlining how we think our activities can best support the shift we have collectively agreed we want to see. By the end of January 2018, we hope to have secured the funding for an initial year of activity to test out the approaches that have been identified by our Visioning Circle.


Meanwhile, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing: providing training to support students and teachers to collaboratively identify and implement changes in their school communities. And, supporting anyone who contacts us for support, to explore the ‘lovely problems’ of democratic education.