It has been disturbing to read the testimonies on the Everyone’s Invited website www.everyonesinvited.uk and in the recent Ofsted report about peer on peer abuse in and around schools throughout the UK. Steiner Waldorf Schools have not so far been included in the list of schools published by Everyone’s Invited but we do not assume that the children in our schools have been exempt from such experiences. It is something that touches the whole of society. We are discussing with our colleagues in schools what steps can be taken to create an open dialogue about issues around sexual harassment, rape culture and bullying and to create better awareness and safe spaces for children to report issues of abuse in their lives and to be believed. Developing the ability to treat others with respect and empathy is a central aim of Waldorf Education and is something we strive for in our school communities. The testimonies found in Everyone’s Invited have held up a mirror to society to which we all have a responsibility to respond and work together to find solutions to end these experiences for all
The WESTT teacher training course is holding an introductory webinar on Tuesday 8 June at 7.30pm – 8.30pm.
Based now at Ringwood Waldorf School you can register for the webinar on their website.
The webinar will be hosted by Alan Swindell and Sven Saar two of the course leaders, and will include an introduction to Steiner-Waldorf Education, an overview of the WESTT course and the opportunity to ask questions.
Register on the website.
This new film explores the issues and dilemmas around children’s use of technology. How do we teach our children to use technology in a way that serves but does not dominate their lives? Will access to an early childhood free from technology become a privilege available only to the few? And whose responsibility is it to find the right path?
A film from the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in the heart of Silicon Valley USA. Entrepreneurs, Stanford researchers, investment bankers, and parents who run some of the largest hi-tech companies in the world, talk about what children need to navigate the challenges of the 21st Century in order to find success, purpose, and joy in their lives.
Unfortunately the Board of Trustees at Wynstones in Gloucestershire have had to postpone initial plans to re-open the school this September because the pupil numbers needed have not been secured. The school has nonetheless retained its registration with the Department for Education and the Board is conducting a review. Alternative plans are expected to be announced in the next few weeks. SWSF have been supporting Wynstones on a number of levels and will continue to do so as the Principal and Board navigate their way around what we hope, will be only a pause in the re-opening of a school on the site.
Two Waldorf schools in the West Bank are doing important work educating Jewish, Muslim and Christian children together. The work of Ein Bustan, (teaching Jewish and Muslim children) and Tamrat El Zeitoum, (teaching Muslim and Christian children together) seeks to foster in the children resilience, acceptance and understanding of each other at an early age. Children who have grown together are more likely to work towards peaceful solutions when adults. Trauma informed, the education also helps the children cope with the stress of living in a world surrounded by conflict. There are other Waldorf schools in Israel and the West Bank doing similar work but take a look here at these two inspiring schools https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzDlFUqtJEo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY4DdW3-bkk
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Steiner Waldorf schools, where play is seen as central to learning and wellbeing have seen interest in their schools rise through the pandemic.
We are pleased to announce that Wynstones Waldorf School in Gloucestershire will be welcoming children again this September. With new Principal Paul Hougham and a new Board the school has undergone a number of changes. They will be providing a re-imagined and re-invigorated approach to Waldorf education. Take a look.
As schools re-open across England, it is a joy for teachers to welcome their children back into the classrooms.
This event is free to attend, but pre-registration is essential.
Date: 22nd March
Time: 6pm – 7pm GMT
Bristol Steiner School have welcomed a new Head Teacher, Nicola Forder, following the departure of Ruth Glover at the end of the Autumn term.
We are writing to provide clarification regarding SWSF’s advice to schools around the use of vaccinations and in particular the current Government programme to combat the Covid virus.
In common with all schools in the UK, Steiner Waldorf schools around the country have been working tirelessly to support children, families and staff through the Coronavirus pandemic.
Steiner teachers from around the UK met for two days over half term to hear from international Literacy specialists. This online conference explored all aspects of literacy teaching in Waldorf education, from the creative and artistic introduction of letter shapes through art, to practical advice on instructional approaches.
Teacher Silvia Lauzzana on the innovative ideas Steiner kindergartens used to support children’s learning without turning to technology.
An article from Tes championing the efforts of three brothers and former pupils at the Edinburgh Steiner School.
An interview by The Guardian featuring our Executive Director, Fran Russell.
‘The government has got it wrong. The first thing for children is emotional security, and that’s what we’re doing at Steiner.’
We stand with our international colleagues, our schools and other organisations around the world to share our abhorrence at the injustice and discrimination faced by Black and Ethnic Minority communities in the UK and beyond.
A review of the ‘Roots and Renewal’ Steiner Waldorf Teachers’ National (Online) Conference (April 2020)