Bio – Rachel Roberts

Rachel has a long history with democratic education from being a student at Sands school to teaching at the Freie Schule Leipzig and supporting and promoting democratic education in the UK through the work of the Phoenix Education Trust, writing for the Guardian and speaking on BBC Radio. In her studies at university she focussed on how democratic education prepares student for the future. And now she works at a university as a careers consultant supporting students to make their own decisions about their futures. She is struck every day by the glaring impact of lack of democratic education.


Talk Description –  The (impossible?) art of being human and not influencing others

Is believing that a person is their own expert and that they have all the answers within them enough? And can you do it if it is?
This participatory session will encourage you to reflect on your interactions with other people when they are making decisions.
It will introduce some guidance models and theories and incite you to consider whether there could be added value in staff members in democratic schools being explicitly trained and supported in using open and objective guidance techniques to help students lead their own education.