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Steiner Philosophy

Across the world Steiner Waldorf schools share a distinctive curriculum and teaching method. Their establishment and growth began when Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher and scientist, outlined an approach to the education of children and young people and advised on the formation of the first Steiner School in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919.

Purple ForestThe indications he gave to the teachers for syllabus and pedagogy spring from an essentially holistic understanding of the nature and development of the human being. Over 80 years this approach to the education of the child has proved itself to be fresh, positive and progressive, making valuable contributions in the field of educational research.

Some of the key characteristics of Steiner Education:

•an approach that honours, protects and nurtures the essential nature of childhood, providing education in accord with the developmental needs of the children (formal education begins age 6 in line with mainstream practice in many European countries);

•emphasis is placed on educating and nourishing the whole development of every child - intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual - by engaging their heads, hearts and hands;

•delivers a broad based curriculum in which subjects are linked together and taught in the wider context through creative methods of teaching addressing many different aspects of intelligence and a child’s ability to learn;

•fosters co-operation and non-competitive learning by measuring each child against their own potential and not against one another;

•strives to imbue pupils with social awareness and responsibility to respect the unique value of every individual and their environment as well as developing confidence in themselves and their abilities;

•schools are learning communities of parents and teachers working co-operatively in support of children’s education;

•in academic exams, higher education and employment opportunities, Steiner students compare favourably with their contemporaries in other schools;

•Steiner graduates are appreciated for their independent minds, flexible thinking, creativity and resourcefulness, and noted for their contributions to society and culture.