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The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship welcomes the review of the Early Years Foundation Stage

The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship welcomes the review of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)Following the announcement on Tuesday 6th July that there will be a review of the Early Years’ Foundation Stage, the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship is looking forward to contributing to it. As a reply to the governments intended focus on […]

By |July 8th, 2010|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Young musician hopes to bring aid to Africa

Silas Beardslee had graduated from High Mowing School and was ready to enroll as a theater major at The University of New Hampshire four years ago. Instead, he took a detour and went to the college of life — in Zimbabwe.by By NICOLE S. COLSON, Sentinel Staff, Thursday June 03 2010 […]

By |June 7th, 2010|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Why British children are pushed too hard

British children are pushed too hard, too early at school. One writer explains how daughters read less but learnt a lot more in Africa.From The Times, January 5, 2010 by Penny MarshallWhen we took Jessie, our four-year-old daughter, away from her reception class at a London primary school and plonked her in a school […]

By |January 5th, 2010|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

No Easy Answers in 21st Century Learning

From ‘Children & Young People Now’, 10 December 2009 by Howard WilliamsonUK Youth hosted a conference at Windsor Castle at the end of November on the future of learning. Chaired by yours truly, it sought to examine and debate what kinds of learning young people need for the 21st century, including “non-formal” learning.Keynote […]

By |December 29th, 2009|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Steiner ‘cult’ is an ethos that fosters humanity

Published in The TES on 11 December, 2009 | By: Catherine PaverLast week the very first state-funded Steiner school in England appeared in the national league table for 11-year-olds’ test results – at the very bottom.But the school is not ashamed, nor should it be. The parents of pupils at the Hereford Steiner Academy […]

By |December 11th, 2009|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Steiner schools – has their time come?

Steiner schools are hoping the time could soon come for them to be given state funding. Are they right?From The Guardian, Tuesday 1 December 2009, by Adharanand Finn”Children should start school at six”, screamed the national newspapers a few weeks ago on the day the biggest review into primary education in 40 years, the […]

By |December 2nd, 2009|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School pupil success

Edinburgh pupil ranked joint highest in Higher physics exam

Published Date: 24 October 2009
Edinburgh school pupil Tommy Shinton has been ranked joint highest in Scotland for the mark he achieved in his Higher physics exam.
Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School pupil, Tommy Shinton, has subsequently been invited by the Institute of Physics in Scotland to attend this […]

By |October 26th, 2009|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

press release Cambridge Primary Review

16th October, 2009Cambridge Primary Review – response from the Steiner Waldorf Schools FellowshipThe Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, the association for Steiner education in the UK & Ireland, welcomes the findings of Robin Alexanders Cambridge Primary Review. In our view, Professor Alexander has examined the evidence rigorously. His conclusions will not be a surprise to […]

By |October 16th, 2009|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Children Start School Too Young

From The Times October 16 2009 Children start school too young — wait till they are 6, experts sayJohn OLeary Formal schooling should be delayed until children reach 6, according to the biggest review of primary education for more than 40 years. The Cambridge Primary Review, published today, says that five-year-olds should continue with […]

By |October 16th, 2009|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Two schools win right to ditch early years curriculum

from Times Online Friday October 2nd 2009(Richard Pohle)Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs CorrespondentChildren at Steiner schools do not use electronic technology until they are sevenTwo schools have won the right to opt out of the controversial early years “nappy” curriculum after ministers dropped a commitment that no pre-school child would be exempt.After their successful appeals, […]

By |October 2nd, 2009|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Edinburgh Pupils Excellent Chemistry result

AN EDINBURGH school pupil is celebrating after achieving the highest possible mark in her GCSE chemistry exam. Olga Alapiki, 17, from Merchiston, who is a pupil at the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School, scored 400 out of a possible 400, gaining an A* grade, in the examination she sat in June. The AQA examination board […]

By |September 15th, 2009|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

‘Nappy curriculum’ suffers setback as two schools allowed to opt out

The “nappy curriculum” of strict learning targets for under-fives risks being undermined after some schools were allowed to opt out of it.By Martin Beckford, Social Affairs Correspondent, The TelegraphPublished: 6:00PM BST 13 Sep 2009The kindergartens, which follow a philosophy of not beginning many elements of formal education until children reach seven, will no longer […]

By |September 13th, 2009|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Tories to fund Montessori and Steiner schools?

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23716828-details/Tories+to+offer+alternative+state+education+at+Montessori+schools/article.doInteresting article by Tim Ross on the London Evening Standard Website.

By |July 9th, 2009|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Hunting for a Pre School

http://www.globalmama.com/2009/03/19/hunting-for-a-preschool-part-2-waldorf/Hunting for a pre-school, Steiner Waldorf.Interesting and informative American blog article that looks at Steiner Waldorf kindergarten practice.Global Mama weblog, published March 2009

By |March 24th, 2009|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Response from the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship to the Cambridge Primary Review Special Report on the Primary Curriculum

The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship would not normally comment on Professor Robin Alexander’s Cambridge Primary Review, as our schools teach the international Waldorf curriculum and are therefore not affected by changes to the National Curriculum. However, we are very interested in anything that affects the quality of childhood and we are also, since the […]

By |March 11th, 2009|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

What do Ed Balls and Sir Jim Rose know about early childhood that most European education experts don’t?

Christopher Clouder, on behalf of the Executive of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, has issued the following statement in response to the interim report of Sir Jim Rose’s Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum:”The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship would not normally comment on Sir Jim Rose’s interim review of the primary curriculum, as most […]

By |December 10th, 2008|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Hereford Steiner Academy receives European Funding

It was announced today that Hereford Steiner Academy has been successful in a bid for EU funding. The funding will allow the school to take part in a two-year project to explore the design of new qualifications pathways. The project could lead to opportunities for students in further learning and employment, as well as […]

By |September 8th, 2008|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Hereford Steiner Academy gets go-ahead

Schools Minister, Andrew Adonis, has given the go ahead for the Hereford Steiner Academy to open in September 2008.The Academy is sponsored by the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship and will be the first school in the UK to offer free Steiner education. The Hereford Steiner Academy will replace the Hereford Waldorf School and will […]

By |July 30th, 2008|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

News from Ireland

To all Friends of Raheen Wood & Mol an Oige Steiner Schools, CountyClare, IrelandDear All,We have now received letters from the Irish Department of Education and Science informing us that Minister Mary Hanafin has decided to grant provisional recognition to the proposed Raheen Wood and Mol an Oige Steiner National Schools with effect from […]

By |February 14th, 2008|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments

Press Release 8th February 2008

Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship: Statement in Response to Reports from the Cambridge Review and the National Foundation for Educational Research (08-02-2008)The Steiner Waldorf Schools Movement (UK) welcomes the reports that have been published by the Cambridge Primary Review and the NFER concerning the issues of school-starting age, pupil testing and school league tables.Along with […]

By |February 11th, 2008|Categories: SWSF News||0 Comments