31 Harrington Road, Brighton,
Brighton, England BN1 6RF


For all parents and friends of teenagers 11-15 years, and young people themselves.

If you have a feeling education could look a lot brighter and more positive, while still being affordable, please read on. It's NOT too late to seize the day for the school year ahead.

[[.....Please can everyone spread the word about this and forward the information to anyone you know with kids around this age. Most people are not yet aware that they do have a choice about where and how their children will be educated....]]



From September 2007, a group of 11-15 year-olds from Sussex will embark on an exciting educational journey at the South Downs Learning Centre. Information sessions running soon will allow teenagers and their families to find out more.

For many years now, local parents and teenagers have been asking for smaller, more humane alternatives to support the learning of young people. The South Downs Learning Centre has been established in co-operation with families and leading educational experts as a direct response to this.

There are still some places available.

The Centre is offering two Information Sessions on Saturday July 7 and Saturday July 28 at 2.30pm for interested parents. Bring yourself and an open mind. Be prepared to hope for more.

“The Learning Centre provides a superior approach to institutional schooling, as students get the chance to create their own learning programmes that respond to their own needs,” said founder Professor Ian Cunningham. “The approach is called Self Managed Learning and it has been successfully developed nationally over a number of years,” said Ian.

Local parent Jane Gutteridge has chosen the Centre with her son Ciaran. “We wanted Ciaran to be in a safe environment where he is treated as an individual who is able to learn autonomously”.

Past parent Alison McDonagh said “All my three children used the Learning Centre. They really thrived in a place where they could plan their own learning and realise their potential. My eldest son was supported at the Centre for over two years and then successfully went on to further education – and is now going to university."

The Centre uses well-developed structures to support students. These have been tried and tested and fully researched. As well as students being able to learn traditional subjects, if they want (and do GCSEs), research carried out by the University of Brighton shows that students become more self confident, happier and better equipped to go on to further and higher education.

“Employers of all kinds say that they need young people who are more self disciplined, able to work in teams and communicate well. Our approach meets those requirements,” said Ian.

The Centre offers a high quality education for much less than you might think. Even if you are not sure what this is all about, but want to be better informed...

- Come and find out about your legal rights in regards to education

- Consider a very valuable alternative.

Please phone or email to confirm attendance at either of these events - or for more information from Ian Cunningham - on 01273 703691 or 270995 or at [email protected].


Official Website: http://www.selfmanagedlearning.org

Added by LibertyD on June 4, 2007