A husband and wife teaching duo have launched a new education centre in West Suffolk which aims to give children ownership of their learning through an emphasis on choice and creativity.
Eddie and Wendy Hepper are running the Creative Education Centre Suffolk, primarily from their base in Fornham All Saints, with an association of qualified tutors to cater for seven to 11-year-olds.
Providing full and part time education, Mr Hepper said the centre gave children choice over their learning with guidance from their tutors, who focus on the traditional academic core subjects as well as art, drama, music, languages and cooking.
Mr Hepper said: “We’re teaching them how to learn rather than specifically what to learn all the time. They have the understanding of how to regulate themselves, how to motivate themselves and what they’re good at and perhaps not so good at.”
He has taught in primary education for 23 years including eight years as deputy head at Abbots Hall Primary, in Stowmarket, before retraining in the Montessori teaching practice at Cherry Trees Prep, in Risby. His wife, Wendy, is also trained in Montessori, which is a child-centred approach to learning.
Their main base is at Fornham Chapel, which they have redecorated through their own investment, and they also use other facilities in the area. From next September they aim to take on pupils from the age of four and gain official school status from the Department for Education. Email firstname.lastname@example.org