Our vision for education focuses on the well-being of students as whole human beings. Human-Centred Education builds a bridge between the ever-changing principles and policies of state education and the myriad forms of alternative education. National education policy tends to ignore deeper educational processes, such as the cultivation of qualities that are central to living meaningfully and well, because they focus on high-stakes testing of academic performance.
HCE provides an effective antidote to an obsession with testing; it offers a holistic and well-being-oriented approach, without sacrificing educational standards or schools’ interests in academic excellence.
Human-Centred Education radically rethinks the aims of education, the nature and processes of learning, and the relationships in school communities.
The vision of Human-Centred Education (HCE) arose from three decades of work at the GHFP. In answering questions such as “What are the aims of education?”, “How should we understand learning?”, “What constitutes well-being?” and “What counts as a good learning community?”, we arrived at the concept of human-centred education. In investigating existing teaching and learning practices and students’ experiences, we put forward a set of proposals for HCE practices to be implemented in schools. Now, we are piloting key aspects of HCE to understand how HCE can help transform educational institutions.
By supporting educational projects and schools worldwide, organising international conferences and symposiums, and conducting empirical research into teaching and learning practices, the GHFP has continued to consolidate and articulate the ideas underlying HCE.
As our recent pilot case study suggests, when a school commits to a human-centred approach to teaching and learning, students are empowered to unfold their holistic potential, flourishing both academically and in their wider lives.