News & Events: Blog


Blog: Don’t Throw the Phonics Baby Out With The Bathwater

Louise Livingston, our Director of Training, reflects on new research on the teaching of reading. New UCL Institute of Education research on the role of phonics in the teaching of reading has generated many excited headlines saying the narrow focus on phonics in UK schools is “failing children”. But we would caution that phonics has […]

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Montessori-educated Children are Happier Adults

Louise Livingston, our Director of Training, welcomes long-awaited academic research which shows a clear link between the Montessori educational approach and greater long-term well-being. The new study has found that children who attend Montessori schools often have greater well-being and happiness in adulthood. The findings, published in academic journal Frontiers in Psychology, suggest a Montessori education […]

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Blog: The Prepared Parent

Emma Wong Singh, our Montessori in the Home trainer, explains why the attitude you bring and how you conduct yourself is at the heart of a Montessori approach to parenting. From knowing when to step back to encourage independence, to being a role model for the behaviour you’d like to see, as Montessori said the first […]

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Blog: Making Mistakes in Montessori

We learn far more from the mistakes we make than from the things that go well, says our School’s Children’s House Coordinator, Karen Gelson. This is particularly true for children who are in the process of gaining control over themselves, either physically, emotionally, or intellectually. Mistakes are a natural and integral part of the learning process: just as […]

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Blog: Why is there increasing interest in Montessori?

Our Head of Training, Louise Livingston, explains why Montessori is experiencing something of a “moment”. Interest in Montessori is especially vibrant right now. In the rapidly evolving, digital, post-Covid era people are realising that there are alternatives to the “teach and test” approach that characterises mainstream education and are looking for something different. We are seeing […]

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Blog: Giving Back Dignity and Independence in Old Age

“We could transform the quality of life of those living with dementia with an approach that helps individuals to be as independent as possible”, says aged care Montessorian and ageing expert Anne Kelly who leads our Montessori for Dementia and Ageing course. “It doesn’t matter how old we are, whether we’re 4, 40 or 104 […]

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Freedom and Joy at our School this Term

As all our children returned to school this month, the children once again had the opportunity to work and grow within their full communities and this was a cause for celebration. The Montessori environment is uniquely special, the freedom granted to the children to explore, to assess the needs of their community and act, to make mistakes […]

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Blog: Should we really be telling our children they need to catch up?

Our Director of Training, Louise Livingston, considers the concept of “falling behind”. As we look to support children impacted by lockdowns and school closures, we must consider how we can best nurture children emotionally, socially and academically. Politicians are talking of children “falling behind” or not reaching “school readiness” and suggesting a more is more approach with […]

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Strong, vibrant, joyful – our school in January 2021

Michel Capobianco has just joined us as the new Head of the Maria Montessori School, relocating from California with her family. After many months of delay due to the pandemic, my family and I were delighted to finally start settling into our new home in London. The welcome I have received at the school has been truly […]

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Blog: Festivities and Peace

Over the last few weeks, I was privileged to work on several of our London school sites and to see first-hand the incremental progress of each child, as well as the dedication of our teaching teams in supporting every child to reach their individual goals whether they are 2½ or 12 years old. It was […]

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