Sophie Christophy is a culture transformer, feminist, unschooling parent and activist. She works on deconstructing patriarchy, from childhood socialisation in education and family culture, and in organisational culture, by creating a shift to principles of consent and self-direction. As a conduit for the emergence of a consent-based social and environmental paradigm, she works with individuals and organisations on deschooling, integrating consent and self-direction based principles into practice, and on enhancing authenticity, integrity and transparency by aligning beliefs with behaviour. She also works these principles in her own life. Sophie believes that consent-based self-direction is the key and pathway to self-actualisation and transcendence – something that all humans have the potential to experience in their life time – and, to being in right relationship with nature and planet of which we are part. 

Since 2017 she has been running the Consent-Based Education course, working with people from all around the world on their transition from the dominant culture to this new emerging paradigm. In addition to this, she runs bespoke trainings and workshops, and is an inspiring guest speaker on themes including consent-based education and skillset, children’s rights, ethical change-making and paradigm shifting, and guidance for start-up founders of consent-based, self-directed settings. 

In January 2018, she co-founded a consent-based, self-directed education setting called the Cabin, for home educated young people aged 5-11. To our knowledge, the Cabin is the first education setting for children in the UK to be explicitly designed through a lens of consent, self-direction and children’s rights. It is also the first to identify itself as Education Positive – a transdisciplinary education philosophy that breaks down traditional subject silos, hierarchy and gatekeeping, and instead is curiosity driven, problem-solving oriented, rooted in critical thinking, and an open access approach to learning based on  children’s rights. In 2021 she co-founded the Lodge, a follow on setting from the Cabin, that will hold community for young people up to the age of 16. You can read the Guiding Principles of the Cabin and the Lodge here

From 2018-2021 she was a Trustee and then CEO of Phoenix Education, a charity working to embed collaborative and rights-based culture in the education system in the UK. As Trustee, she held strategy and planning processes for the charity. As CEO, she led with success during the Covid crisis, creating new partnerships and collaborations with state, third, and private sector innovators as well as grassroots activists, re-orienting and developing with the team the culture, projects, activities, and strategic direction of the charity.

To work with Sophie, check this out for 1:1s and consultancy, and this for upcoming group-based work and events. For speaking/events/collaborations, email: hello@sophiechristophy.com

To listen to her speaking, you can find videos and podcasts here. For writing, check this blog, Write On Changemakers, on the Huffington Post and Attachment Parenting UK. You can find documentation of her ongoing self-directed academic work – an Unschooled Master of Arts in Children’s Rights, Parenthood and Education – here.

For social media: Twitter Facebook Instagram

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  1. Hi Sophie
    I’ve worked in re-engagement at the edges of further education for the last 8 years and recently left my job running a campus of a small college to start a research, consultation and programme design/delivery education company called YouVersity.
    I’ve also just started a Doctor of Education research programme at the University of Brighton. My research is in the area of what learning possibilities exist outside of the conventional routes and how do we begin to better map and navigate them. I’m currently linking with a range of home-ed, unschooling networks and would very much like to find time to talk.
    Looking forward to connecting

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  3. Hi Sophie. : )

    Just listened to your interview on Pam Laricchia’s podcast and will be following your UMA with great interest. I’m a mum of 2 unschooled boys and am new to the UK. We used to live in NZ and ran in the same circles as Lucy AtikenRead. It’s a small world. : )

    Thanks for all you do,

    • Hi Danielle – great to hear from you! Where abouts in the UK are you based now? It is a small world indeed, I am always so pleased to connect with other parents/families on this journey.

  4. Sophie, this is so spot on. It mirrors a set of thought processes I run through literally every day in order to get on with raising my pile of small kids with a modicum of dignity and resolve. Thanks so much for speaking this truth.

  5. Hello,
    I find your work so inspirational, and would love to attend your course. I live quite far from you, and am wondering whether you are planning on making it available online in some way. I am very thankful to have access to your writings. I wish you a beautiful day.

    • Hi Laure, I am running the course again in September, but in person. I am working on a way to deliver online, if I figure that out it will happen some time next year. Thanks so much for your comments and interest.

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