Our 2024 Course Overview

This online *CPD/CLPL course aims at helping practitioners working with children explore some of the core values and concepts that have been at the heart of A.S.Neill’s philosophy and Summerhill School’s practice for a hundred years.

**Continuous Professional Development/ Continuous Lifelong Professional Learning

Course Aim

It will engage participants in a reflective and impactful observation of their practice, focusing on healthy relationships, social-emotional well-being and a happy, fulfilled childhood.

It will stimulate adults’ resourcefulness and capacity to free children’s emotions and break down barriers restricting their development

Course Content

The course offers 50+ hours of certified training. Out of these, 30 hours will be of live interactions and 20+ hours of independent learning.

Presentations, group activities, discussions and workshops as well as books, articles, academic papers, films, interviews and stimulating exercises will offer participants a broad understanding of the topics addressed; all these through our interactive virtual workplace!

Who Is This Course For?

This course is tailored specifically for the following professionals:

– Educators in both traditional and alternative educational environments

– Early years practitioners

– Playworkers

– Caregivers

– Psychologists

– Therapists

– Social workers

– Homeschooling facilitators

– Unschooling and self-directed learning facilitators

– Recreational activity leaders

– Higher education students

– Any professionals interested in enhancing children’s mental well-being through Neill’s philosophy

Course Delivery

Interactive Sessions

This interactive course is conducted entirely in English and is designed to delve into A.S. Neill’s philosophy, focusing on enhancing children’s mental health and social-emotional well-being.

It is ideal for practitioners across various educational and therapeutic fields who are interested in applying these principles in professional settings.

This course is not centered on parenting strategies, although certain elements may be beneficial to parents engaged in homeschooling or unschooling.

Participants are not required to have advanced English proficiency, but should be comfortable expressing themselves in both spoken and written English.

The format of the course is highly interactive, designed to engage participants in active discussions and practical exercises applicable to their professional roles.

Parents involved in homeschooling or who are generally interested in A.S. Neill’s educational philosophies will also find this course applicable to their practices, despite its primary focus on professional development.


The fee for this course is £475. 

Paying in instalments is available. For more details please refer to the payment options below.

Concessionary rates are available upon application. If you would like to apply please click here.

Payment Options:

We offer the following 3 payment options for this course:

  • One-off Payment: You can pay the course fees in one go. You will be able to select this plan up until the [TBA] 2024.
  • 3-Instalments Plan: You can pay the course fees in 3 instalments as follows: 1st instalment by [TBA]; the 2nd instalment by the [TBA]; and the 3rd instalment by the [TBA].
  • 2-Instalments Plan: You can pay the course fees in 2 instalments as follows: 1st instalment by the [TBA]; and the 2nd instalment by the [TBA].

At checkout you will be able to choose to pay in either of the following ways:

  1. bank transfer to our Wise bank account. You will be able to do this through your mobile banking, online banking or branch banking;
  2. debit or credit card online payments enabled by PayPal;


3.directly through a PayPal account.


To register your interest or to enquire about any special arrangements you may like to discuss

Feel free to Request further information  please get in touch.

Course Schedule

The course will be spread over 10 weekends and 9 weeks. It will start on [TBA] 2024 and end on [TBA]. Click below to download the detailed course timetable:

RoA-2024-winter-Online Course Timetable

If you are unable to join our Role of the Adult Online CPD Course this time around due to a busy schedule or unsuitable timezone then please let us know of your preferred time frames by filling in the form below. We will notify you when a course that meets your preferences becomes available.

Register your interest for future dates.Enquire about booking this course for a private group, incorporating translation options or making any other special arrangements, please get in touch.

To successfully participate in and complete this online course, please ensure you meet the following criteria:

1. Technology Requirements:

– Access to a computer with a stable internet connection (Avoid using tablets or mobile phones for live sessions).

– Functional camera and microphone connected to your computer.

2. Attendance Commitment:

– Attend all 12 live sessions to be eligible for a certificate of attendance.

– If you miss up to 4 live sessions due to important reasons:

– Watch the session recordings.

– Complete relevant exercises (normally optional) to maintain eligibility for a certificate.

3. Basic Skills with Miro:

– Familiarize yourself with Miro, our main workspace, through provided tutorials and activities.

– Basic Miro skills will enhance your course experience.

4. Browser Compatibility:

– Update your browser to the latest version.

– Minimum browser versions:

– Chrome 70 or higher

– Firefox 70 or higher

– Edge 44 or higher (preferably 79 or higher)

– Safari 12 or higher

– Opera 70 or higher

– Yandex Browser 19.10 or higher

– Internet Explorer not supported.

5. Quiet Environment:

– Ensure access to a quiet place during live sessions.

6. Independent Learning Engagement:

– Engage in independent learning activities for a minimum of 4 hours per week.

7. Internet Etiquette and Equipment:

– Adhere to internet etiquette.

– Use headphones whenever possible.

8. Personal Details Form:

– Complete and submit the Personal Details Form upon payment, providing basic information about your professional background.

9. Terms and Conditions Agreement:

– Agree to and comply with the Online CPD Course Terms and Conditions during the checkout process. Ensure you understand and accept them before proceeding with your purchase.