The Montessori educational philosophy is well established at primary level as a child development focussed philosophy of letting children discover their own interests and develop at a pace appropriate to the individual.
In many ways it encapsulates key elements of a vibrant 21st century learning philosophy as it stands diametrically opposite to the industrial production modem of most state systems in which learners are herded into year cohorts and divided into classes on their presumed ability. It also places the teacher in a different mode as guide or enabler of individual learning, rather than as the font of knowledge.
There are no year groups, no assessments, and students work in partnership with mentors to decide what to study, and has now been applied to secondary schooling.
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