Both the Daily Telegraph and the The Daily Mail reported this week on the plight of children and childhood in the UK as the Save Childhood Movement was launched. The movement’s development director, Wendy Ellyatt, who is also an author and consultant in early education, said the launch reflected growing concerns over the […]
The Steiner Academy Hereford: `One of the best schools in the country`. The Steiner Academy Hereford (SAH) has received national recognition for the proportion of top grades achieved by its pupils in the 2011 GCSE examinations. SAH qualified as one of the top 10% of non-selective schools in England where at least […]
Congratulations to Charlie Mole, former pupil of Elmfield Steiner School in Stourbridge. Charlie’s work for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism on the production of `Deaths in Custody: a Case to Answer` won the Amnesty International Digital Media Award: http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/bureau-of-investigative-journalism-wins-amnesty-digital-media-award/s2/a549440/
The SWSF supports the call from Dr Richard House, education campaigner and child psychologist, for a new approach to early childhood education in the light of current research. Dr. House, in a speech to the Westminster Education Forum, claims that there is now sufficient evidence that an early school starting age is bad […]
The SWSF response to the letter in the Observer, Sunday May 13th, re. `pseudoscience`.Sirs, The letter invoking fear of `pseudoscience` in proposed Free Schools (Observer Sunday 13 May) suggests that Steiner education poses a `grave threat to science education`, whilst offering no evidence to support the statement. Is an evidence-based approach not central to […]
A new baby is due to be born this autumn! It is the North of England Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies programme (NESWEC) which will provide an initial early childhood training course based in the York Steiner School. The validation will be identical with the London Waldorf Early Childhood course, with Edexcel through […]
Screen-Free Week: One Steiner School Confronts the Issue Head On. `Dear students, to remain in this school you will have to commit to zero use of all screen technologies: no more TV, no more DVD’s or cinema, no more social net-working. Collect your contract from my desk and return it, signed, to the office […]
Celebrate Screen-Free Week: April 30-May 6The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship is proud to officially endorse Screen-Free Week (April 30-May 6), the annual celebration where children, families, schools, and communities `turn off screens and turn on life.` Please visit www.screenfree.orgto join the fun and to download your free Screen-Free Week Organizer’s Kit. […]
The SWSF shares many of the concerns highlighted in Stephen Moss’s research commissioned by the National Trust. An active engagement with the natural world is an important aspect of Steiner Waldorf education. In Steiner early years settings the young child is given every opportunity to play outside, […]
Congratulations are in order for Ruth Sherlock, a graduate of the Hereford Waldorf School, (now the Steiner Academy Hereford). Ruth has won the Young Journalist of the Year Award for 2012. The Daily Telegraph describes how Ruth ` beat off stiff competition to win young journalist of the year for her reporting from Egypt […]
Interest in school videos from around the globe confirms growing trend.
The excellent Waldorf Today web site and news service has made available six short videos from six different Steiner schools, four in the USA, and one each in Germany, Australia and Canada.
This comes at a time when media experts and `trend analysts` are […]
New Documentary: “The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner”
A new documentary about Rudolf Steiner by the award-winning documentary film-maker Jonathan Stedall will have its première at Rudolf Steiner House in London at the end of February.
The documentary, “The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner”, involved filming in five countries and three continents. The two-part documentary (each part […]
Over 130 guests attended a recent reception at the Steiner Academy in Much Dewchurch, including Madame Mayor of Hereford Julie Woodward, Jesse Norman MP and Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley.Other guests included representatives from the local community, the Training and Development Agency (TDA), the Department for Education, Canterbury Christ Church University and assorted educators, […]
The recent news from Australia gave a heartening example of how diversity can be recognised even within a centrally managed regulatory or `mainstream` framework.The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible in its own country for everything included in its title. Similar functions in the UK are shared by the Department for […]
The government has announced that the Frome Steiner Academy’s bid for Free School status has been successful. The proposal is for a new school to open in September 2012, starting with 26 places but eventually offering double stream entry through to 16 (i.e.: 644 places). It is one of 55 new, state-funded Free Schools […]
For over ten years the Pennine town of Hebden Bridge in the Calder Valley has been home to a Steiner Waldorf kindergarten. Two-and-a-half years ago the move to a beautiful old Sunday School in the picturesque village of Cragg Vale brought the dream of growing into a school much closer. This September the […]
STEINER PUPILS SMASH EXAMINATION PASS RATE Pupils at the Edinburgh Steiner School are celebrating one of the best Higher examination pass rates in Edinburgh. The school, which does not select on the basis of academic ability like other independent schools in Edinburgh, achieved a 96% A-C pass rate which is 21% […]
Canterbury Christ Church University and SWSF collaboration: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a new Masters Programme. SWSF has been working closely with Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) on two exciting new projects: the development of a route by which experienced Steiner Waldorf teachers can gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and […]
1st April 2011.The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship would like to thank Dame Claire Tickell, her team and her advisors for taking account of the issues brought by the SWSF in her considered review of the EYFS. We look forward to the Government’s positive response to this review.We welcome her recommendations for a slimmed down […]
“Phoebe Doyle takes an historical, philosophical and practical look at Steiner education, an approach that, almost 100 years since the first school opened, still sparks inspiration, debate and controversy.”Eye Magazine December 2010View the full article “Approaching Steiner” – download the pdf here. (Approaching-Steiner-20101122.pdf 1861kb).