In assisting students with their learning with no classrooms, no imposed curriculum, no imposed lessons, no imposed teaching. Students are able to learn in ways which suit them and which fit with the kind of direction they want to take in their lives.Learn More
Helping people from age 7 to 70 and beyond, take responsibility for defining and achieving their learning goals. With the support of peers and advisers, they decide how, what and when they want to learn and most fundamentally why the learning is important to themLearn More
Self Managed Learning has been applied within organisations at all levels since the early 1980’s. It has been tested and evaluated in the private, public and voluntary sectors and used at all levels from apprentices through to CEO’s.Learn More
SML has been rigorously tested for over 40 years within organisations and education
Everyone is different and how people learn and what they need to learn is different
There are at least 89 different ways people learn – find out what works for you
A structured approach to help adults and young people tailor their learning towards achieving their goals
The Centre for Self Managed Learning (CSML) is a UK registered charity. The Centre was established as a non-profit organisation in 1993 and was granted charitable status in 2005
Self Managed Learning (SML) is a unique, research-based and practically proven approach to learning that delivers significant benefits over conventional methods.
Our aim is to develop and promote the wider use of Self Managed Learning for people of all ages, in all sectors of society. We are dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of learning in society by continuing the development of the methods and application of SML
The charity is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of people who have a deep commitment to SML, most of whom have personally experienced the approach. They meet at least 3 times a year to plan and review strategy and financial governance. CSML publishes annual financial reports which are lodged with both Companies House and the Charities Commission.
Programmes have been provided in a wide variety of contexts, including
For young people outside mainstream schooling through the Self Managed Learning College. The College is the Centre’s main project, led by its Chair of Governors, Ian Cunningham, providing SML to students aged 8 – 16 in Brighton since 2002.
In schools and other educational settings around the world including Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
For students who wish to study the approach via placements in the Self Managed Learning College.
For organisations via our association with Strategic Developments (International) Limited (SDI), a social enterprise consultancy that provides donations directly to the charity. Working with organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors, SDI provides SML programmes for people at all levels from CEO’s to apprentices. You can take a look at four case study examples in specific organisations. Each one outlines the programme’s context, aims, development/roll-out, evaluation and achievements.
Via higher level educational qualification programmes from HND through to MSc level.
In other contexts for adults such as parent groups, sports coaches and people nearing retirement.
Designed to facilitate a major shift in the way the function worked, the process was ultimately rolled out to 180 managers initially and 520 HR professionals over the following 2 years.
St Lukes decided to pilot the process for a mixed gender group of six year 10 students. The potential participants chosen were seen as students who could achieve more and perceived as perhaps lacking in confidence.
The SML approach was chosen to facilitate a change of culture to lifelong learning inline with the organisation’s strategic direction and local strategy and became an integral part of the graduate scheme.