About Road School: 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.
About the Author: Sue Cowley is a writer, presenter, teacher trainer and parent. She is the author of over 25 books on education, including How to Survive your First Year in Teaching. Her international best seller, Getting the Buggers to Behave is a fixture on university book lists, and has been translated into ten different languages. After training as an early years teacher, Sue taught English and Drama in secondary schools in the UK and overseas, and she also worked as a supply teacher. She now spends her time writing educational books and articles, and she is a columnist for Teach Nursery, Teach Primary and Nursery World magazines. Sue works internationally as a teacher trainer, as well as volunteering in primary classrooms, and helping to run her local preschool.
Reviews: “This book is a rip-roaring romp through Europe and China. It is not only the story of a family, that kept me chuckling out loud, but also a reflection on both parenting, education and politics today.Anyone who teaches, and anyone who has a family of their own, will enjoy this book - not just for the entertainment value, but also for Sue's insights into what is really important when you work - and live - with children. This book is an inspiration. I might not be off for six months, but I am certainly eyeing my suitcases with a glint in my eye and a bit more bravery.” Nancy Gedge, Consultant Teacher and Author of Inclusion for Primary School Teachers