My name is Heidi Steel and I live with my husband and four children in South East England. I am an ex-teacher turned unschooler who moved beyond the traditional paradigms of the classroom when I became disillusioned with the education system. I have been unschooling for ten years and currently have four children who have never been to school and are happy living and learning as they go.

I have witnessed the effects of the education system on more than 1000 children. I have a working knowledge of how school impacts lives, and the effects and challenges it poses for children and their families. I personally struggled with the dichotomy between my training in childhood development, cognitive development, neuro science and educational research, and the confines and requirements of the educational system. My background, predominantly working in early years, only served to compound the problems that I faced as children proved that learning via play was valid but structure and formal learning loomed unnecessarily in the years ahead.

As it came closer to the moment when I would need to register my own child/ren in school I took the decision to home educate and to offer our children the opportunity to learn via their innate inclination to play. I already had the mind set and knowledge to be confident in our decision and shortly after this we discovered unschooling. It was a natural fit for us as a family and we began our journey to life learning.

I love the lifestyle that our family has and am confident in its educational benefits. The world needs to know that there are alternatives to school. Too many children and families feel trapped by their schooling but enter home educating replicating school at home and repeating the same traumatic experiences within their family walls. It is heart breaking. There is a way for families to thrive without school, without school like learning. It is possible to grow strong healthy relationships and for our children to develop and learn without the pressure of curriculum and schedules and tests.

It can be difficult to unlearn all the things that school and society tells us is necessary. It can be daunting let go of traditional rhetoric and set out on a new path. The transition from formal education can be unnerving and we can frequently find ourselves uncertain or stuck in a rut.

Liveplaylearn sets out to encourage those who are unschooling, no matter where you are on your journey. It seeks to provide information and support to help families live a life without school. To be confident in your choices, so that you are able to focus more on your fabulous life and less on the fears and worries of walking an alternative path.

Understanding Unschooling, is a six week coaching course designed to give you the knowledge and tools you need to boldly embark on your unschooling life. It offers you the opportunity to discover the benefits of life learning for yourself and provide you with tips and tricks to implement into your daily life so that you can move towards unschooling with determination and confidence.

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