University hosts Holistic Education Conference
Organised by Franziska Florack and Natalie Rawson, founders and trustees of the Holistic Education Organisation (HEO) UK and part-time lecturers in the School of Education & Childhood at our University, the HEO’s annual conference is this year taking place at Headingley Campus and is open to all interested in the topic, including parents and children.
Franziska explained: “As the first of its kind, the conference will bring together parents, educators and academics from across the alternative academic spectrum and will feature workshops, discussion groups and panels. It is modelled on the friendly and open example of the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) which takes place in the USA annually and encourages educators to think beyond the differences of the alternative strands of the education system.
“Inspired by the spirit of the holistic education community itself, the conference will not only provide an inclusive and friendly space in which to exchange ideas and learn from each other, but it will also offer family-friendly social activities and to allow as many people as possible to take advantage of this unique opportunity. ''
Fifteen speakers from all over the UK are expected to talk at the conference, including Franziska and Natalie as well as their colleague from the School of Education & Childhood, Dr Alweena Awan. The keynote speaker will be Professor Philip Woods, author of the book ‘Alternative education for the 21st Century: philosophies, approaches, visions’. He is set to speak about holistic education and democratic values.
The day will be followed by a group dinner held at the Beechtree Steiner Kindergarten, with a menu provided by local food initiative, Grub and Grog.
For more information and to book on the event, please go to http://bit.ly/HEOConference.
The Holistic Education Organisation (HEO) UK promotes all kinds of alternative education provision and advocates holistic learning and teaching in the state system and outside of it. Their belief is that the well-being and development of children should be at the heart of every educational provision.
As well as running the annual conference, The HEO provides information and advice to parents and educators who wish to learn more about child-centred education and the provision near them. For more information, please go to http://www.holisticeducationuk.org/.