The International Montessori Institute (IMI), in partnership with Leeds Beckett University’s Carnegie School of Education, offers the UK’s first dedicated undergraduate, masters and PhD courses in Montessori education, the world’s first Professor of Montessori, and centre for quality research into Early Years and the Montessori approach in the UK. With a focus on research and embedding Montessori methods into mainstream education, the Institute puts the UK and Europe on a par with the USA, where the majority of Montessori research currently originates from.
In addition to the Higher Education courses, the Institute publishes regular research, journals, and textbooks that support, guide, and inform the education sector, further solidifying the role of the Montessori approach in the UK. In providing a pipeline of esteemed staff and alumni, the Institute promises to spread the values of Montessori: a lifelong love of learning, respect for self, others, and our world to generations to come, and reach areas where a quality Montessori education is currently unavailable.
The launch of the Institute is a milestone in Montessori history; one that makes sense in the current climate with the national drive to ‘build back better’.