Thursday, 24 May 2012


Where conductors worked

Just over ten years ago Baljeet Jhheent and I conducted a survey of services where conductors were then reported to be working around the world.

Note the careful wording: the criterion 'where conductors work' does not necessarily equate with what many regard as amounting to Conductive Education (or conductive upbringing, or even necessarily conductive pedagogy).

In all, 212 institutions were identified from our own data, some large, many small, some public, many outside the public sector, spread across sixteen countries. These were all sent a brief questionnaire asking for corroboration of details and other information.

The interim results were introduced here:

This report was amended and reissued three months later:

Results and reflections

Further links take you to the actual details of services operating ten years ago.
Preliminary listing
Revised listing
Hardly surprising was the very poor return on the questionnaires (centres returning completed questionnaires are indicated in these lists in bold). But more time and further pestering do bear a little fruit.

Ten years later it is interesting to see who and what survive out of those named individuals and institutions around the world, and who and what have gone.

Ten years on there are many places listed here still in operation. Together these must have clocked up a very considerable experience of so many aspects of providing conductive services in a very wide range of situations. It is pity that little of this has been a collective effort, and most of that experience has remained locked in the individuals and the institutions involved.

One begins to wonder about 'succession planning' and what this represents.

And now...

Data collection continued (with little active participation from many centres), with the results published on line. It was hoped that a comprehensive published list of places where conductors are employed will prove a benefit to people seeking conductive services, to conductors and future conductors, and to those advocating the development of CE.

This listing has been subsequently maintained and developed by Gill Maguire, initially at the National Library of Conductive Education, and now on behalf of Conduction:

There seem to have been no parallel international surveys or listings (or if there are they have not been published). Gill's lists have been drawn upon  by a variety of websites  usually unacknowledged.


Jhheent, B. (2002) Preliminary listing of CE worldwide, Conductive Chronicle, 11 January

Jhheent, B. (2002) CE World Survey Report, Conductive Chronicle, I May

Sutton, A. (2002) CE World Survey: Preliminary Report, Conductive Chronicle, 11 January

Sutton, A. (2002) CE World Survey update, Conductive Chronicle, 1 May

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