SWSF

Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship is an association of independent schools, early years settings and a state funded academy across the UK and Ireland offering Steiner Waldorf education.

Our schools and early years settings form part of an international movement that draws its inspiration from the educational ideas of Rudolf Steiner. Begun in one school in Germany in 1919 there are now over 1000 schools and early years settings worldwide in 90+ countries including China, USA, India, the Middle East and most European countries.

A creative from of education, it interweaves artistic and physical activity with academic learning. Its aim is to engage children in the way they naturally learn at each stage of their development. In this way knowledge and skills are gained with enthusiasm and joy to create a love of learning that lasts a life-time. Formal learning starts at age six in line with most countries around the world, allowing time for the younger child to develop through play, imitation and self-exploration and as a foundation for wellbeing.

Latest News

It’s time for the Steiner Waldorf Winter Fair.

At this time of year many Steiner Waldorf schools hold their annual Advent or Winter Fairs. A much loved community event put together by parents, teachers and children - family, friends and members of the public are warmly welcomed. Beautiful gifts can be bought, often made by our talented parents and children themselves. There is delicious food and drink, live music, grottos to visit and games … [Read More...] about It’s time for the Steiner Waldorf Winter Fair.

Lancaster Steiner School “happy and nurturing” say Ofsted.

In a recent Ofsted inspection of Lancaster Steiner School inspectors said "Pupils enjoy attending this happy and nurturing school. They describe learning as fun. Pupils appreciate the many opportunities they have to learn outdoors. Those pupils new to the school make friends very quickly. They are warmly welcomed and soon feel part of the school family". The report went on to say "Leaders are … [Read More...] about Lancaster Steiner School “happy and nurturing” say Ofsted.

BERA Manifesto for education for environmental sustainability, the Steiner Waldorf curriculum and COP26

SWSF welcomes the BERA manifesto for education for environmental sustainability. https://www.bera.ac.uk/news/manifesto-for-education-for-environmental-sustainability-efes-published-by-bera-research-commission. It reminds us of how ground break-ing is the Steiner Waldorf curriculum. From early years it embeds understanding, respect and care for the environment in a plethora of ways. Gardening … [Read More...] about BERA Manifesto for education for environmental sustainability, the Steiner Waldorf curriculum and COP26

Waldorf 100

In 2019 we celebrated a hundred years of Steiner Waldorf education.
It is now the fastest growing education movement in the world.

Watch our film here.

Watch the Waldorf 100 Video on YouTube