"Everybody needs to be a bit braver - about standing up to inspectorates. They are they are to serve our children; as we are there to serve children and families. When our instincts and the data show that in many cases the education system is doing more harm than good, we have to braver. We have to say no - we’re doing it a different way, and you need to adapt with us." In this episode of the podcast, we focus on education, and homeschooling in particular. Our very special guest is musician, actress, activist, mum and educator - Charlotte Church. Charlotte has been in the media spotlight since she was 11, rapidly becoming one of the most famous classical musicians in the world with a series of multi-million selling albums, world tours and performances for queens, Popes and presidents. Following a second-wave career more in pop-music, acting and TV presenting, Charlotte has more recently turned her attention to social justice and political activism. Still only in her early 30s, Charlotte is an influential voice on vital issues such as gender disparity in the music industry, press intrusion and media regulation, austerity, and fossil fuel drilling in the arctic. It is about education that Richard and Charlotte focussed the chat, drawing on Charlotte’s own unconventional childhood, her experience as a mum and home educator and the school she established at her home in Wales in 2019. Known as The Awen Project, Charlotte’s school draws together different models of self-managed learning, democratic schooling and discovery-led education. Dismissal and challenge by the education establishment has not deterred her so far, but does a project like this have more resonance with parents who have been forced to homeschool during the Covid-19 lockdown - and what is her vision is for the future of education? --- Useful links: https://www.theawenproject.com/ http://democraticeducation.org/ https://alternativestoschool.com/ https://www.wired.com/insights/2013/12/rethinking-education-self-directed-learning-fits-the-digital-age/ --- We’ll be debating the issues raised at www.thepossibilityclub.org, a free network of professionals with something to say and ideas to test - and we really want to know what you think. Don’t forget to join right now, for free. The Possibility Club is an always possible podcast, produced by Chris Thorpe Tracey for Lo Fi Arts.