Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Summerhill from all of us in ADEC.

Summerhill’s 100th and Festival Taster

Date: 30/01/2021

Time: 13:00-14:00 BST London time


Dear Friends,

This year Summerhill School is celebrating its centenary. For 100 years Summerhill has offered a vision of education and childhood that has inspired educators and parents around the world. 

To begin this year-long celebration we are holding an event where you can find out about the history of Summerhill, listen to some educational experts discuss the BIG questions facing education today and learn about the Summerhill Festival of Childhood. 

Those who attend the whole event on Zoom will have the chance of winning a FREE ticket to the Summerhill Festival of Childhood 2021!

Format of the Taster Event:

Our 1-hour online taster event will include:

– A talk about the Summerhill School Centenary by Zoe Readhead, Henry Readhead and guests.

– A Panel of four world renowned education experts (see panelists below).

– A presentation introducing the Summerhill Festival of Childhood.

– Lottery for a free festival ticket.

Where and when?

The event we’ll be held online via Zoom on Saturday 30th January at 1-2pm (UTC). Please use this link to join us:

Taster Event Panelists:

Peter Gray

Psychologist, researcher, professor of psychology. Author of “Free to Learn” which explains how releasing the instinct to play makes our children happier, more confident and better students for life. Professor Peter Gray also writes a popular blog for Psychology Today called “Freedom to Learn” which explores the roles of play and curiosity as foundations for learning. He is a well-known critic of conventional educational systems and a founder and current board president of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education. He is also a founder and board member of Let Grow.

Ian Cunningham

Founder and Chair of Governors of Self Managed Learning College in Brighton, England. SML College is a unique organisation that supports young people (aged 9-16) in managing their own learning.

He is the author of 7 books and over 100 published articles and papers. His latest book, Self Managed Learning and the New Educational Paradigm was published in 2020. He was an organisation development consultant for 40 years and is also a skilled welder and metal sculptor.

Kate Robinson

Founder-Director of Nevergrey. Kate Robinson is an international consultant in creativity and innovation in education. Kate’s expertise lies in raising the profile of inspiring initiatives, with a particular focus on startups and building strong partnerships with a social purpose.

Her passion lies in engaging youth voice, and through this work has been awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Education Empowerment.

Zoe Readhead

Principal of Summerhill School in Suffolk, England.

Zoe is the daughter of Alexander Sutherland Neill who was the founder of Summerhill School, where she grew up. She was born at Summerhill and has remained passionate about the school throughout her life. She has been the principal of Summerhill School for 35 years and she lives and breathes Neill’s philosophy of child-rearing, having seen it work its magic on children time and time again.

Also, please, send us your questions about Summerhill and education in general. Our panelists will answer them! 

Join our free online Taster Event! We hope to see you there!