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The UK's first National Democracy Week kicks off this week (2nd-8th July) on the 90th anniversary of the 1928 Equal Franchise Act which gave women the same voting rights as men. The initiative aims to 'celebrate progress and champion future democratic participation' because 'regardless of who we are or where we are from, we must work together to ensure that every member of society has an equal chance to participate in our democracy and to have their say.' Check out the government website for more details.


The Phoenix Education Trust has teamed up with our friends down at VocalEyes and East Kent Sudbury School to deliver a week-long series of articles and videos celebrating Democratic Education. Why? Because we believe that this is the best way to encourage the next generations to become active participants in our democracy! 


We will be posting new articles on this page throughout the week, so do keep checking back. We hope you enjoy!


Monday 2nd July

What is Democratic Education? 

"It opened up a whole new way of seeing the world and interacting with the children that I work with"

by Sally Hall, The Phoenix Education Trust


They Wanted a Swimming Pool

Naomi takes a look at children’s rights in the context of a history of gradually extending democratic rights to ever greater portions of our society.

by Naomi Fisher, East Kent Sudbury School


School Students Need Time to Think

A modest proposal to allow young people a say in their education

by Derry Hannam, European Democratic Education Community (EUDEC)


Tuesday 3rd July

Filling the Democratic Deficit and Moving Towards Mass Participation

How to encourage participatory democracy and meaningful dialogue with children and young people in schools. Click here to view the full blog post.

by Peter Anderson and Sue Lyle, VocalEyes


Wednesday 4th July

Structures for Autonomy

The experience of the Self Managed Learning College in Brighton

by Ian Cunningham


Thursday 5th July

Summerhill School Meetings

Zoe Readhead, Principal of Summerhill School describes why she tries never to miss a school meeting!


Rule of the Mob

Marc Denervaux looks at the complex moral issues of democracy and rights.

East Kent Sudbury School


Friday 6th July

Why Aren't We More Appreciated? 

by David Gribble, co-founder of Sands School, Devon


"Begin to sing once more" 

Why it is time to use the centenary of women’s votes to transform our schools into communities fit for a democratic society based on equality?

by Michael Newman


Saturday 7th July

'Sitting Down' v 'Upside Down Jungle'

An example of how decisions can be made collaboratively in a self-directed, democratic community for children in South London.

Free We Grow


Children Are People

A Summerhill student's view on children's rights in schools

by Amira Matilda




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