Auseras - Challenging Thinking
“Imagine a school with no subjects, no curriculum and no exams. It doesn’t sound much like a school, does it? That’s because it isn’t.
Auseras, is a Lancaster-based organisation, described as ‘an educational learning community that functions as a modern alternative to traditional secondary school. Their mission is ‘to help people grow so that they can achieve happiness, find their purpose, and have a positive impact in the world.’
Founder, Tim Milner, an experienced teacher of 18 years, points out that Auseras is not a school; “We‘re challenging conventional thinking about what education should look like. When developing Auseras we made a very deliberate decision to only include elements that would directly benefit our students.” To that end, Auseras has no plans to offer GCSEs or A levels as part of their programme.
“Our students learn through multi-subject, inter-disciplinary projects. which allow them to develop online, evidence-based compendiums of what they have studied. Students can show their understanding in relevant and meaningful ways, so advancing ones creativity plays a huge role in being an Auseras student.”
So far, we’ve been learning about the human and environmental impact that the fast fashion industry has on our world, bushcraft skills, the history of the abandoned observatory in Williamson Park, and created giant mathematical patterns in the sand in Morecambe bay. Coming next year, we’ll be investigating the history and journey of coffee, beach ecology, and also the physics behind rockets and parachutes.
When asked about university and work, Tim responds, “Employers and universities that we have spoken to about Auseras have been universally positive about what we are doing.” says Tim. “Their needs align with what we are doing; we teach our students HOW to think, not WHAT to think.”
Currently, Auseras is funded by kind donations from parents and local supporters. They’ve recently set up a Just Giving page to help fund the next academic year.
“We’ve been humbled by the interest and generosity of the Lancaster and Morecambe community.” says Tim. “People are really seeing the importance and potential of what Auseras is doing. Individuals, organisations and businesses have been offering their time and expertise to help us with our mission. We’re always open to offers of support.”
To find out more about Auseras and the work they are doing, visit their website at www.Auseras.com or follow them on Twitter @auseras and Facebook.
Auseras JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/auseras1?utm_term=qDzADrgjd “