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What is Steiner education?

“Being personally acquainted with a number of Waldorf students, I can say that they come closer to realizing their own potentials than practically anyone I know.”

Professor Joseph Weizenbaum, MIT, author of  “Computer Power and Human Reason”

Ethos and approach

Steiner Waldorf education (also known as Rudolf Steiner or simply Steiner education) is one of the fastest growing educational movements in the world.

With a deep understanding of child development, a broad curriculum and creative methodology, Steiner Waldorf schools place the changing needs of the child at the centre of their work, demonstrating that this unique, holistic approach is adaptable to diverse social, cultural, geographic and economic contexts.

In the United Kingdom, there are now more than 30 Steiner Waldorf Schools.

“Waldorf education places the development of the individual child in the focal point, convinced that the healthy individual is a prerequisite for a healthy society.”

The International Conference on Education of the United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural Organisation.

The focus of Steiner Waldorf education is to educate the whole child, based on the insights into child development by the Austrian scientist and philosopher, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). The emphasis is not only on the intellectual development of the child, but focuses equally on developing the child’s feeling life (artistic and emotional) and also its life of will (the ability to carry through ideas into a finished piece of work, incorporating all the steps in between). In this way we try to allow the child’s potential to unfold, allowing them to grow into a self-motivated, content adult.

“The importance of storytelling, of the natural rhythms of daily life, of the evolutionary changes in the child, of art as the necessary underpinning of learning, and of the aesthetic environment as a whole…”

Paul Bayers, Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.