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Patrons

Satish Kumar

Founder and Patron
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Satish Kumar is the Founder of Schumacher College in the United Kingdom. He was Editor of Resurgence magazine for 40 years. This magazine was described by the Guardian newspaper as “the artistic and spiritual flagship of the Green Movement”.
A former Jain monk, Satish Kumar went on an international pilgrimage for peace. He, with a friend, walked 8000 miles from New Delhi to Moscow, Paris, London and Washington. Along the way he met Bertrand Russell and Martin Luther King. Satish is the author of ten books including his autobiography, No Destination. Other books include Elegant Simplicity, Soil, Soul, Society and Radical Love. Satish is a lifelong activist in the cause of environmental sustainability, social justice and world peace. He is the recipient of Goi Peace Prize 2022.

Mike Davies

Founder and Patron
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Mike Davies is a founder of both Human Scale Education and the British Curriculum Foundation which he chaired for fifteen years. He has also been a Trustee of the National Association for the Teaching of Drama (NATD) and served on the boards of two MATs.  Mike has also been a consultant working in England, Denmark, USA and Kenya on re-culturing and school transformation. This commitment, linked with the reorganisation of schools on human scale lines, grew from his experience as a Headteacher in England and Scotland. These schools were mainly in challenging communities, each radical with an emphasis on supporting human scale practices in curriculum development, engaging pedagogy, the use of time and space, staff and student voice and relationships.

Trustees

Dr Robin Precey

Chairman
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Dr Robin Precey has been involved with HSE since 1992. He is a University lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and consultant for EthicalEd with a particular interest in developing future leaders. He has written extensively and teaches up to, and including, Doctor level.

Rosalyn Spencer 

Trustee
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Rosalyn has been involved with HSE for many years, initially seeking their help when setting up a small school in 1993, and more recently as a trustee. She has a background in teaching and now works as an Education Advisor in Lincolnshire. Over the years Rosalyn has written several education articles for magazines, and has written a book about her experience of setting up a human scale small school.

Louisa Koschyk

Trustee and Co-Coordinator
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Louisa started her professional career in primary teaching. Throughout her work and academic study the formation of identities has always been prominent - especially marginalised identities within society. She now works for a LGBTQ+ charity in London, advising the Higher Education sector on their practices and policies to ensure inclusivity of all. HSE share common goals with Louisa, primarily making the world a better place for future generations. 

Alison Sauer

Trustee
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Alison has been involved in home education and the politics of alternative education since meeting John Taylor Gatto and Roland Meighan at a conference in1999. Passionate about getting the best education for all children no matter their circumstances, she works in academic and political circles to protect the truth about the advantages of a personalised education and fight the rhetoric, rumour and fake news in media and governments both here and abroad. A Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals, Alison is also an enthusiastic Girlguide Leader and Chair of The Centre for Personalised Education.

Avril Newman

Trustee
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Avril Newman is the headteacher of a highly diverse inner London primary school. She is a passionate believer in the primacy of relationships, which is the prime driver of HSE.

Jen Nuin Smith

Trustee and Co-Coordinator
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Jenny is Founder, Educator and Consultant at Little Forest, a democratic learning community centred on learning for the well-being of all nature's children. Through her consultancy, Jenny works with partners on the re-purposing of the education system towards well-being for all. Jenny is a qualified Teacher, holds a Master's in Transformational Leadership and has held senior leadership positions in school, local authority and youth service settings. 

Sophie Grubb

Trustee
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After studying BA Education and completing a master’s degree in education policy, Sophie is currently working in the Widening Participation sector of education. With a focus on emotional development and mental wellbeing during her research studies, Sophie’s academic and professional experiences have led her to Human Scale Education to develop her own interests and work with the charity to promote the humanistic approach in education today. Sophie has also worked in multiple schools from early years to higher secondary and has always enjoyed working with young people.

Lauren McCormack

Trustee
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Lauren's career started facilitating workshops developing environmental awareness and social-emotional skills in the UK and Colombia. After recently completing her undergraduate in Education Studies as a mature student, she is now training to be a Spanish teacher. Lauren's passion for transformative education has led to her supporting HSE as a trustee. 

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