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Explore the possibilities of informal education, social pedagogy and lifelong learning for schools


The impact of austerity on schools and children’s education and well-being. Cutbacks in government-sponsored services, growing inequality and falling real wages, and changes in housing and income support are impacting upon the lives of children and creating major challenges for schools and colleges in the UK. Mark K Smith explores some key areas of concern and growing worries about the effects of direct cuts to school budgets.


Henry A. Giroux.  Doug Nichols reflects on his explorations of critical pedagogy, neo-liberalism and the condition of young people.

The Hadow reports. Derek Gillard explores the six Hadow reports, and assesses the way their recommendations informed the development of education in England.

Viewing Impington. The development of community schooling in Britain and Ireland owes much to the vision of one man – Henry Morris. We explore his ideas through the design of Impington Village College.

Schools and informal education

Full-service schooling. the development of an idea. Joy Dryfoos and USA experience.

Extended schooling. According to the DfES (2002), an extended school ‘is one that provides a range of services and activities often beyond the school day to help meet the needs of its pupils, their families and the wider community’ We explore the reality – and issues around extended schooling.

Creating partnerships in education. In this piece Thoby Miller evaluates the educational needs of young people; examines the professional insularities which exist between teachers and youth workers and consider how their respective inputs into the lives of young people might be developed into a partnership; and discusses the human tendency to identify by difference.

Introducing informal education. What is it, how does it work out in practice?

Lifelong learning. a guide to the term and an introductory reading list

Learning mentors. In England the experiment with learning mentors in schools is to be extend and linked to the development of personal advisors. Find out more about this role and initiative.

New community schools. Details of the Scottish initiative that looked to informal and formal education – and the idea of full-service schooling.

The Plowden report. Derek Gillard describes the context and content of the 1967 Plowden Report ‘Children and their Primary Schools’ and assesses the criticisms that have been made of it in the years since it was published. He argues that it is still an important document which should be read widely today.

Youth work in schools. A review of the development of youth work in schools. Plus an annotated bibliography. See, also, the discussion of issues facing informal educators in schools.

Schools and lifelong learning

What is a community school? An outline of the development and nature of community schooling plus an annotated booklist.

Folk high schools A brief history and review with annotated booklist.

Village colleges. Their nature explored through the design and history of Impington Village College

Community education

Community education

Community education in Scotland

Community education, colonialism and development


N. F. S. Grundtvig
a bried biography and review of the founder of the folk high schools.

Henry Morris
the vision of the village college.

Robert Owen
an early example of community schooling.

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