demoedupeoplecAfter a period of internal reflection and research, The Phoenix Education Trust Board of Trustees and staff members undertook a public engagement process to better understand the needs that existwithin and beyond ournetwork of friends, supporters and potential partners. This was simultaneously a social, engagement activity, to re-connect with our closer network as well as a research activity to invite participants to help us “solve the lovely problems of democratic education”. This report outlines the needs that were expressed by participants in the review, and which will inform the Strategic Plan that Phoenix creates to respond to these needs.


From April –July 2017, we reached out to existing and new networks through our website and social media, emails, newsletters and events. We invited people to participate in our review through surveys, interviews and focus-group discussions. Our small, part-time team travelled down to Devon, up to Yorkshire, hosted events and arranged calls with diverse individuals and organisations, facilitating the direct engagement of 137 individuals who gave their time and wisdom to this process.

We are very grateful to everyone who has participated so far and hope to continue to bring many of you along on the journey with us. Over the next two months, we will create a strategic plan based on the findings of this public review, and in the autumn, we will present this to our networks, inviting feedbackand further reflection through focus groups with individuals and groups that we intend to continue working with as part of our mission to promote and support the development of education in which children and young people are trusted, supported and respected.





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