IDEN stands for International Democratic Education Network. The site offers lists of democratic schools, educational organisations and interested individuals around the world, with links to any relevant web sites, and up to date information about the IDECs (International Democratic Education Conferences) that take place in a different continent each year.


Phoenix Education Trust

The Phoenix Education Trust was set up to spread the ideas of democratic education in the UK. Its most high-profile achievement up to now has been ESSA, the English Secondary Students Association, (now known as Student Voice) but it is also the parent body to EUDEN, the European Democratic Education Network.


Libertarian Education

For over thirty-five years Lib Ed has been actively promoting freedom in education by publishing books, pamphlets and magazines and organising meetings, conferences and other events. For the last five years this web site has taken the place of the magazine.


Sands School

Sands is the school I helped to found in 1987.
This site shows what a remarkable school it has grown into. I would be surprised if anyone of secondary-school age could visit it without longing to go there.



This is the site for AERO, the Alternative Education Resource Organization,
which is based in the USA. It contains information about alternative
education of all kinds, including democratic schools.


Summerhill School

The oldest and most famous democratic school in the world



The Australasian Association for Progressive and Alternative Education



The site for ESSA, the English Secondary Students Association (now known as Student Voice)


Institute for Democratic Education

The Institute for Democratic Education, in Israel


The Online Directory of Democratic Education

This is an American website with close links to AERO. It lists relevant schools and other organisations all over the world, and provides a reading list.


Personalised Education Now

Personalised Education Now issues a quarterly newsletter, runs small conferences and publishes books. Home education is their main emphasis


Room 13

Room 13 Scotland is a student run art studio based in Fort William, Scotland and the hub of a worldwide network of artists, educators, thinkers and others professionals who share their work and their thinking.


Centre for Self-Managed Learning

The Centre for Sef-Managed Learning in Brighton is not a school, but gives young people the opportunity to study what interests them, rather than what is prescribed by the government.