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The course aims to support schools in the implementation of school circles based on the practice of sociocracy.

The course is tailored to the school’s needs and aims. It includes time for the school to create its own circle structure and decide on real matters that affect the community. The course is founded on learning through direct experience and has a practical focus.

The intention is the empowerment of the school community through the development of essential facilitation skills, so the school can manage itself with autonomy after the course. It offers practical tools for collective decision-making and conflict mediation, which can be applied in any meeting with students, staff and parents.


Sociocracy is a method of governance based on dialogue and inclusion of all people in the decision-making process, in a way that all voices are heard and integrated.

This model is an alternative to majority rule decision-making, which frequently generates exclusion of minorities, segregation and resistance to change.

The principles of sociocracy that will be developed in the course are:

1. Consent – no objection to the proposal
2. Circle – circles using rounds to hear all the voices
3. Sociocratic Selection – open selection of roles
4. Double Links – feedback and communication between circles


Who is the course for?
The course is directed especially to educators, coordinators and principals of primary and secondary education. We aim to support the staff to become experienced facilitators, so they can pass on these skills to the students themselves. Alternatively, we can include sessions with the students in the training.

Format of training: Online (via Zoom)

Duration of training: 8 hours – 4 sessions (2 hours)

Max number of participants: 40

Consulting sessions
After the initial 8 hour training, we offer consultation sessions to mentor the school as it implements sociocracy. Each session has 1 hour and aims to support the school in the continuity of the methodology. The frequency of these sessions can vary according to the school’s needs.


  • 4 Principles of Sociocracy

  • Consent

  • Circles

  • Sociocratic Selection

  • Double-link

  • School Circle Structure

  • Decision-making process

  • Picture Forming

  • Proposal Shaping

  • Vision, Mission and Aims

  • Integrating objections

  • Facilitation practice

  • Roles in a circle

  • Role feedback

  • Creating proposals

  • Creating meeting agendas

  • Recording minutes

  • Decision-making process

  • Conflict Mediation

  • Board / Mission circle


The course counts with the exhibition of parts of the School Circles documentary, which was produced by the facilitators. The film serves as support for learning and dialogue around the practice of sociocracy in schools.

School Circles is an independent documentary that explores the practice of six democratic schools in the Netherlands. The film shows students, teachers and staff members coming together to dialogue, discuss proposals, mediate conflicts and make decisions about their school life.

These schools not only challenge the mainstream education, but also democracy as we know it. They put into practice sociocracy, a method for collective organisation based on a systems perspective, in which the decisions are made by integrating all the voices through consent.

School Circles connects the theory of sociocracy to its practice within schools, taking us to new possibilities of organising ourselves and our communities.


Materials Included:

  • School Circles full length version (1h 27min)

  • School Circles Training version (46 min)

  • Extended interview with Gerard Endenburg and Annewiek Reijmer (The Sociocracy Group)

  • Sociocracy for Schools Handbook

  • Google folder with sociocracy materials


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Marianne Osório is an educator, researcher and facilitator of democratic practices in learning communities. Former science teacher in a state school in Brazil and Master of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment from the University College of London (UCL), her focus of research has been the praxis of a liberating education, according to Paulo Freire’s ideas.

Charlie Shread is an independent filmmaker from the UK with experience facilitating group workshops and leading activities with children and adults. His work has focused on democratic education as well as craftspeople and small organisations dedicated to positive social and ecological impact.

Together we created Wondering School, an independent research project that investigates practices of a humanizing education. We have visited more than 40 schools and education projects around the world and have faciliated activities and workshops along the way. We have participated in many Q&As with universities and schools about the School Circles film and have facilitated Sociocracy workshops in India, Austria, Germany and Portugal. We offer support and training to schools wishing to implement sociocracy.


Marianne Osório and Charlie Shread


Telephone: +351 920194027

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