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Sudbury schools worldwide
An inspiration in times of change.   

Die Impulse von Education in Transition kommen u.a. aus dem Leben und der Praxis von weltweiten freien-demokratischen Bildungsorten. Die Grundhaltung von demokratischer Bildung kann nicht nur helfen, Bildung neu zu denken, sondern bietet wertvolle Impulse in Zeiten des Wandels. Die Erfahrungsschätze von weltweiten freie - demokratischen Bildungsorten, wie z.B. den Sudbury Schulen stärken das Vertrauen, jungen Menschen Selbst- und Mitbestimmungsrechte zuzugestehen, fokussieren menschliche Werte, unterstützen Demokratisierungsprozesse und sind ein Beispiel für gelebte Demokratie. ​


Sudbury schools are free democratic schools that operate on the Sudbury model. They are based on the concept of the Sudbury Valley School, which was founded in 1968 in Framingham (Massachusetts).

There are now around 70 schools worldwide that are based on the school model, including schools in the USA, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Japan, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Poland and Denmark.

Sudbury schools believe that children and young people learn most effectively when they have full control over their learning. Children are naturally curious. They want to learn and understand and find their way around the world in which they live. Joyful learning requires an environment in which people can follow their own interests, free from fear and pressure, go their own way, gain experience, be allowed to make mistakes and learn from them.

In a mixed-age environment (~5-19 years), students at a Sudbury school learn most of their time spontaneously by playing, talking, or watching others. They acquire knowledge by reading, researching and experimenting. They form working groups, organize projects and are artistically active in a variety of ways. They initiate teaching courses that are led either by employees, honorary staff or by competent classmates.

A Sudbury school is not a school without rules. The freedom of the individual ends where the freedom of one's neighbor or the community is restricted. Boundaries that affect the school community are set by mutually decided rules.

In addition to free self-development, students are granted co-determination rights. Sudbury schools hold school assemblies in which all members of the community have equal voting rights, regardless of age or position. Staff and students decide together on all school-related matters, e.g. school rules, projects, personnel and budget issues.

Sudbury schools enable students to freely develop their personality, talents and abilities and to take responsibility for their own actions. Equal coexistence promotes tolerance and open-mindedness and encourages young people to actively participate in democratic processes. Democracy is not a subject, but a daily practice.

More information about the school concept:


Information about the first Sudbury School Bavaria:

Article: My way

Lecture Peter Gray P.h.D.  (developmental psychologist)

Sudbury Valley school (Subtitle German)

Students Interviews worldwide     
Insights Arts and Ideas Sudbury School

Short and sweet: What actually is a Sudbury school  Link 

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