A look at the Montessori method of teaching and attitudes towards it. Is it an outdated system or a successful approach to child development and learning?
In the UK, the Montessori philosophy was traditionally associated with the private sector, but is now extending its reach to the state sector, with four state primaries now adopting Montessori at foundation stage.
Maria Montessori came up with the approach to teaching while working in the slums of Rome. The Montessori concept is that a child learns most when it is active, and a physical approach works best to encourage self-motivation.
At Gorton Mount Primary in Manchester, headteacher Carol Powell has gained funding to train her staff for early years and KS1 in the Montessori method of teaching, demonstrating how the approach works when combined with standard teaching practices.
Detailed audio files translating speeches and writings by Maria Montessori
Organisation set up by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1929 to ensure that her work would be faithfully reproduced. Here is information on training and worldwide Montessori projects
Find out more about this approach to education. Look for jobs and get information on Montessori teacher training at Montessori Centre International