Forum for Life-Based Learning

A warm welcome to our website.

We promote a life-based approach to better prepare children as adults to manage the life-threatening challenges facing individuals, societies and environments across the planet. It is vitally important to do so as soon as possible. Time is not on our side.

The aim of the forum is to promote life-based learning for children in their learning years prior to their take up of the traditional focus on subject learning in their teens.

Whilst our specific experience and focus is on Primary Education in England for 5- to 11- year olds, we believe it is vitally important for all countries to adopt the life-based approach in children’s foundation years of learning and welcome feedback on what is happening in your country.

The Forum promotes a curriculum focus on nine life themes that meet the urgent challenges of modern living for individuals, for societies and for the environment.

We wish to reassure you. The subjects that traditionally make up the curriculum are taught through the nine themes.

Human life on planet Earth is in a perilous state

Given the problems the world faces, it is absolutely imperative — regardless of the country in which we live, the prevailing political system, the condition of civil society — that we better prepare future generations so that they know more about how to look after their health and wellbeing, how to interact positively with others, and how to live sustainable lives. This can only be achieved by providing learning which focuses on the urgent challenges facing individuals, society and the environment.

The Forum has its origins in the UK, but this is most definitely not just a UK initiative. Wherever in the world you live — and regardless of whether or not your background is in education — we invite you to join us.

The words ‘life-based learning’ may in themselves have been enough to convince you. In which case, click here to add your name to the growing list of forum members and we will keep you in touch with news and views and the progress of life-based learning.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Explore section of the website to find out more about life-based learning. You are especially recommended to read our Challenges page which describes the many reasons why children need to start their learning journey in acquiring the knowledge and skills whilst they are at their learning best to meet the many serious life challenges as adults.

From your reading, the one request we make is that you subscribe to the Forum as the surest way of showing your support.

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