Finding yourself suddenly without the structure of school you are used to can be liberating for some and scary for others.  We all remember the moment we realised we were leaving formal education behind and wondered “what now?”

Learning to learn without school is a journey and children will all react to the experience differently, so will their parents.  This week we talked to Je’anna Clements founder and staff member of a self-directed school in South Africa and asked her about this process of letting go and relearning often referred to as deschooling.  What can we expect as parents and what can we do afterwards as we emerge from lockdown?  Can this experience lead us towards a new way of being and learning?

Guest: Je’anna Clements, founder of Riverstone Village a self-directed learning community in South Africa and children’s rights campaigner.


You can still catch the episode From Teacher to Home Educator where we spoke to two teachers who chose to leave their profession and help children learn at home instead. Our next episode Moving Forwards not Backwards where we look at the options available to parents as we start to imagine life after lockdown, is also now available.

You can find out more about the Lockdown Learning Podcast series and hear all the episodes here.