Our Vision

Slow Education is an evidence-based initiative to make time in the classroom for creative teaching and learning.  Like the Slow Food movement, Slow Education is about process: we believe how children learn is as important as targets and tests.  By providing a range of rich and creative experiences, we can provide a healthier educational diet, where learning is deep and purposeful.


We believe the desire to deliver results has superseded the broader, more humanist traditions of education. We accept the need for exams and qualifications, but it’s a question of degree. British children are now among the most heavily tested in the world:  yet the results are unreliable, it distorts teaching, and undermines the capacity of students to think independently and deal with the challenges of life today.

8 comments for “Our Vision

  1. Mark Dent
    October 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Fantastic – please keep pushing this!


  2. November 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Terrific to see this initiative coming into reality in a number of schools. It also seems to fit wonderfully well with our “Learning in Depth” program, which has similar aims. Power to you!

  3. December 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Excellent – we have needed this for a long time. Do keep it up! Can I also refer you to a wiki I set up some time ago which shares many of your ideas? See http://teachingpeople.pbworks.com

  4. Mark P. Bocker
    December 26, 2012 at 11:32 am

    So, so refreshing to read about passionate approaches to truly deep learning without any reference to attainment targets! Our kids are responding and making vastly improved progress both in Nurture Groups and KS4 vulnerable setting.

    This really does need a major research paper to maintain the momentum.

    All the best in 2013!!

  5. May 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Hi there,
    I think this is fab….as you can see from my websites I’ve just left education in one form to try and explore it in some others for our children…FLOW is something I’m really interested in-giving children TIME to become ‘ in the moment’ NOT because they’re about to do a test but because of the joy of creating, learning and so on.

  6. March 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Gosh, this is something a lot of people have been wanting – I so wish the movement every success. I am a Forest School Leader and Forest School Trainer and many of my Level 3 Forest School Leaders struggle to get their head teachers to support them allowing time for children and young people to attend Forest School programmes which will involve a regular commitment of time throughout the year. The ethos is child led learning, managed risk taking, deep level learning opportunities, all in long term programmes in the natural environment with trees which are run by qualified Forest School Leaders. Those who do, witness a profound positive effect on all learners who participate. To know more about Forest School – please see the Forest School Association website http://www.forestschoolassociation.org. I will follow and share knowledge of the slow education movement as far and wide as I can. Thank you deeply.

  7. March 25, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    One of the principles of home education is that the child takes control of his/her own learning. If the idea of slow learning could be diffused throughout the school system it would be so beneficial to children. On our Education Otherwise helpline we hear so many sad stories of children who have been made terribly unhappy, even traumatised or suicidal, by the present school system. Home education is a safety net for these children but many of their parents would much prefer their children to be happy in school.

  8. Sarah Mcalpine
    April 8, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I am writing my dissertation on child centred learning, and one of the themes is.. learners need’s v’s targets and inspections. I have found your stance on this topic refreshing.

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