Hungary to Birmingham (1986 – 1995)

In 1986 Dr Andrew Sutton a psychologist from the University of Birmingham was instrumental in establishing a charity to bring Conductive Education, from Hungary to the UK. This charity was called The Foundation for Conductive Education (no: 295873).

In 1987 an agreement was signed between the Foundation for Conductive Education and the Peto Institute in Hungary which provided a formal channel for CE to be established in the UK.

In September 1987 The Birmingham Institute of Conductive Education was established with the first 10 children. In January 1988 these children went to Hungary for six months, with their parents, to start the process of learning through Conductive Education.

As a part of the Hungarian agreement 10 British trained teachers also went to Budapest in November 1987 to embark on a four year training course to become qualified conductors.

In 1990 Bob Hoskins presented a video called “A Gift from Hungary” outlining the work of Conductive Education at the Birmingham Institute.



On the 4th December 1990 Diana, Princess of Wales became the Royal Patron for the charity and subsequently visited on 22 October 1991 to launch an appeal to build a new institute.

This appeal was successful and in October 1995 HRH Princess Diana opened the new ‘National Institute of Conductive Education’ at its current home in Moseley, Birmingham. Princess Diana remained a patron of the charity until a few years before her death. Click here to view images and supporting article.

The National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE) was by this time offering services across the whole lifespan including cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke and acquired head injury.


Milestones – 1997 onwards



The first BA Hons Conductive Education course was established in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton.



Start of OCN course for teaching assistants.



A Big Lottery award for £344,077 to refurbish Cannon Hill House, a grade II listed building, which housed adult services from 2001.



The first edition of Recent Advances in Conductive Education was published. This was the first journal on CE to be published within the UK. It continued until 2009 and each edition was submitted to The British Library.



Andrew Sutton retires as CEO of NICE and David Wood is appointed.



The National Library of Conductive Education moves into a new building in Cannon Hill House. To date this still remains the largest library resource for Conductive Education in the UK.



Formal recognition as a centre with The Open College Network West Midlands. Enabling us to design and deliver vocational based courses in the field of Conductive Education.


2009 – 2012

Research study funded by Birmingham City Council to investigate the benefits of CE for stroke survivors. (link to Stroke research paper). This study was the largest of its kind and demonstrated statistically significant gains through CE.



‘The Conductive College’ was formed in recognition of the breadth of training activities undertaken.
Start of OCN Level 3 course for ‘conductor assistants’. This course gained national recognition.



BA Hons Conductive Education transfers to Birmingham City University



David Wood retires as CEO and Melanie Brown is appointed.
Validation of post-graduate modules for conductors and existing professionals through Birmingham City University. Delivery of the first modules for conductors in the UK.