We have compiled a list of resources that we found helpful. Enjoy!


Disobedient Teaching: Surviving and creating change in education - Welby Ings

The Sacred Urge to Play - Pennie Brownlee

A Free Range Childhood: Self-Regulation at Summerhill School- Matthew Appleton

Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life- Peter Gray

The Lives of Children- George Dennison

Deschooling Our Lives-Matt Hern

Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood- A.S. Neill

Freedom To Learn- Carl Rogers

Dumbing Us Down- John Taylor Gatto

Teacher- Sylvia Ashton-Warner

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion- Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Let the Children Play: How More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive- Pasi Sahlberg


How to escape education’s death valley- Ken Robinson

Bring on the learning revolution- Ken Robinson

Do schools kill creativity- Ken Robinson

Prof Welby Ings talks in this TV interview about how our schools are too focused with assessments and structure and how that stifles innovation and creativity



Radio interviews:

What 3-7y olds should learn- Nathan Mikaere-Wallis (NZ Brain develop researcher and educator)

How to make your kids smart, play with them!-  Nathan Mikaere Wallis

Does NZ education policy align with recognised research? -  Nathan Mikaere Wallis



Report on the State of Play in NZ- Scott Duncan, Auckland University of Technology

Real Play Families: A New Zealand case study- Scott Duncan et al, Auckland University of Technology

To really learn, our children need the power of play- Pasi Sahlberg, The Wallstreet Journal

Student outcomes and natural schooling- pathways from evidence to impact report - Plymouth University, UK (A lack of outdoor learning is creating an urgent social problem in children, affecting their empathy, creativity, and innovation.)

A nice summary of what we mean by emergent curriculum - Child & Nature Alliance of Canada

A danish study reveals best age to start school- National Bureau of Economic Studies, Denmark (here is a summary)

This article talks about how unrestricted outdoor play heals children.

Parents, it’s time to get out of the way and just let your kids play- Washington Post

In an age of robots, schools are teaching our children to be redundant - The Guardian

Child’s play is good for all of us- NY Times

Kids should play outside 3h per day- Huffington Post

Ten obvious truths we shouldn't be ignoring- Alfie Kohn

Children educate themselves- Peter Gray in Psychology Today


Learning spaces/schools, we have been inspired by: