A Sensory Experience
Independent School Parent|Summer 2017

Children learn best when given the freedom to experience, do and make things for themselves, says Jo Webbern.

Jo Webbern

In 1893, a visionary man named John Haden Badley recognised that the authoritarian regimes of Victorian public schools were not giving children the best start to life, and so he founded Bedales as a humane alternative. The school has since grown from strength-to-strength, and remains a beacon for innovative education.

Badley believed that children should be encouraged to be curious and spontaneous through concrete learning. As pupils grow and progress through their schooling, he proposed they should be allowed to flourish independently and guided by expert practitioners, through constructive intervention where learning can develop.

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