My name's Sue Cowley and I'm a parent, author and teacher trainer. My new book Road School tells the story of what happened when my partner and I took our children out of school and went travelling with them, to learn on the road (and to avoid Year 6 SATs). Follow our adventures in the book, as we journey around Europe and across China. Visit the country pages of this website to find out more about where we went, and to see what we learned from visiting these places. Road School will be published by Crownhouse in November 2016.
"Frustrated by a regime of statutory testing, and keen for a mid-life adventure, Sue Cowley and her partner took their children out of school to educate them on the road. 'Road School' is the story of their family's adventures around Europe and across China. On their journey they experienced awesome historical sites, diverse cuisines and fantastic geographical phenomena. They also experienced whining kids, satnav disasters, and dodgy accommodation. Part comedy travelogue, part parenting guide, part educational philosophy, Road School asks you to consider what an education really means. In a world where schooling is increasingly being standardised, and where government testing puts ever more pressure on our youngest learners, Road School is the story of how one family stepped out of the system, and set off on the educational adventure of a lifetime."