Coming Summer 2017

Consent Based Education: A Course for Parents 

As parenting evolves beyond the traditional authoritarian model, and more and more families choose to live together in more respectful, socially just ways that acknowledge the personhood and agency of children, essential questions arise as to what that means in regards to our relationship with ourselves and others, our outlook and interaction with the world around us.

Consent Based Education is a response to this quandary. What happens when authoritarianism, the basis of all our existing systems, is stripped away, when we become more individually empowered in our own lives, and seek to support our children in this too? What happens when we embrace our own autonomy and capabilities, when we question the education and social inheritance we’ve received up until now?

What happens when our consent and voice really does matter – when we come closer and closer to our authentic selves?

This course is designed for parents who want to explore and go deeper into their understanding and experience of Consent Based Education, for their own personal development and to support their family’s life long learning in a consent based way.

The course themes include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • What is Consent Based Education?
  • What is learning? Play and flow, structured and unstructured.
  • Authenticity, individuality and radical honesty.
  • Exploring the potential of our own consent based education.
  • The historical and social construct of childhood – our chance to break the cycle of oppression.
  • What’s love got to do with it? Personal boundaries and concepts of freedom.

The course will involve thought provoking material, critical thinking, discussion and reflection, and will be led by self-directed scholar, justice in childhood campaigner and ed-activist, Sophie Christophy.


There will be six two-hour sessions running fortnightly over 12 weeks, from 7.30-9.30pm.

Dates for the course are:

17th April
1st May (Bank Holiday)
15th May
29th May
12th June
26th June

The course will take place at a venue on the outskirts of Stansted Mountfitchet, easily accessible to Bishop’s Stortford, Saffron Walden and the surrounding areas.

Spaces are limited.

Price: £15 per person per session, £90 total for the course (total course cost to be paid on booking).

For more information and bookings, please email: