I spent a bit of time looking at levels of student debt recently. It stands at a grand total of £35bn with an average of around £30k per student and the highest single debt at around £66k!
Learning, it would seem is an expensive business.
It got me thinking about how we might design ‘An Education We Can Afford’ and that pretty much describes Progress School.
Affording the Time
Progress School requires you to find a couple of hours every month or so to touch base with a supportive peer group, usually over a 6 month period (although some have been attending Progress School on a pretty regular basis for well over a year). The point is that you control your commitment to, and investment in, the process. When you attend you will learn some simple but very powerful models that you can use to reflect on your everyday experiences and use it to plan opportunities to learn and change. You will also have the chance to reflect and to talk things through with people who are ‘talking your language’. The way that you learn, what you choose to learn and how you learn it is up to you. But this is very much about learning from lived experience, and actively seeking out the experiences that are most likely to teach you what you need to learn.
Affording the Money
It is an important principle of Progress School that no-one is denied access because of their inability to pay. This means that Progress School is provided on a ‘Pay what You Can – But Free is Fine’ basis. This ensures that Progress School has a very diverse and broad membership, spanning entrepreneurship, social enterprise, community and voluntary people, artists, actors, scientists, public servants and people who are looking for work, or just a better life. Anyone looking to make progress is welcome! It is particularly good for people who are looking to broaden their networks and develop their ability to lead change, either personally or professionally.
So, if you are looking for ‘an education that you can afford’ or to keep professional and personal development moving when training budgets are being hit hard, or just fancy connecting with a bunch of people who are all figuring out how they can make progress then please join us at Leeds or Bradford