No Master High or Low

By John Shotton

Brief accounts of forty-eight variously libertarian schools are divided into five groups - schools and Sunday Schools 1890-1930, private schools, schools for the unschoolable, libertarian schools inside the state system, and the Free School Movement 1960-1990. Introductions and conclusions to each section link the whole into a coherent, stimulating history.

Out of print

 

Real EducationBy David Gribble

Book of the week in the Times Educational Supplement

‘The book is readable and inspiring . . . In England, America, Japan, India, Germany and Ecuador Gribble finds the same essential recognition that no one can do children’s growing up for them.’

Chris Shute, Education Now, Autumn 1998.

 Out of print

The Dredd PhenomenonBy John Newsinger

Are comics just kids’ stuff, or are they a window onto our troubled times? In this book, John Newsinger examines 2000 AD and the Judge Dredd strip and asks why it is that the most popular comic strip character in Britain is an authoritarian neo-fascist. He goes on to look at the writers 2000 AD has nurtured: Alan Moore, Peter Milligan, Gran Morrision, Garth Ennis and others, and at their impact in America. Comics like Hellblazer, The Preacher from Hell and The Invisibles are at the cutting edge, he argues. They shine light in dark places.

 

Worlds Apart by David GribbleBy David Gribble

Book of the week in the Times Educational Supplement

Summerhill and Sands School are contrasted with traditional schools in corresponding extracts from their prospectuses and the words of their pupils and in a number of photographs.

 

Book - Dartington in ConisbroughBy Pat Kitto

A staff member’s account of a progressive experiment in a mining town when the school leaving age was raised in 1972, with an afterword by Michael Duane.

'Pat Kitto's book should be compulsory reading for Michael Gove's new radicals. . . . In this wonderful, relevant book the voice of the young person is strong and clear.'

Stephen Jones
Former head of Totnes King Edward VII Community College

 

Leave Me AloneBy Joanna Gore

 Joanna Gore spent three months in a school experiencing what the children experience on a day-to-day level – such things as endless lining up, eating dinner, sitting with 'back straight, hands on head, bottoms on the floor', playing in the sand, having her hair pulled and sneaking sherbet in assembly. She shows how children find ingenious, playful, creative and effective ways to resist and so get to play a part in social change.

 

Lifelines by David GribbleBy David Gribble

Book of the week in the Times Educational Supplement

‘Books such as this test fundamental beliefs. Do we belong to the libertarian idealistic left ... or the Gradgrind disciplinarian right? ... Gribble has spent the past 10 years or so seeking out examples worldwide to prove that the Summerhill approach would work for disadvantaged youngsters.’

Tim Brighouse

 

 

Fiction

Inspecting the IslandBy Hylda Sims

'This is a powerful narrative of self-discovery, love and drama as well as an exploration of the lives of free children based on the author's experience as a pupil of A S Neill's Summerhill School.'

Ben Ball

 

 

A Really Good SchoolBy David Gribble

‘This highly original satire of controlled, frequently Swiftian savagery, is a completely gripping and logically impeccable story of mass murder which is often, you’ll be surprised to discover, very funny.’

Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy