What is Waldorf Education?
Steiner Education takes in account the ‘whole’ child, rather than just focusing on intellect, but also considering physical, emotional, spiritual and individual needs of each child. The curriculum responds and understands the different phase of child development.
How is Waldorf education different to mainstream education?
The Waldorf Education system focuses on the whole child, which involves teaching students through ‘head, heart and hands’, meaning all needs are considered rather than just the academic. The curriculum offers a combination of academic subjects with artistic and practical activities, and creativity and imagination are integral to the way of learning. The majority of mainstream institutions place a heavy emphasis on academic capability, measuring this by tests and ranking.
How many Waldorf Schools are there?
There are over 1,200 Steiner schools worldwide in 60 different countries, 35 being in the Uk and Ireland. Steiner schools form the largest group of independent.
Who was Rudolf Steiner and what was his philosophy?
Rudolf Steiner was born in what is now Croatia in 1861. He wrote and lectured on a wide range of contemporary issues including architecture, medicine, philosophy, science, economics and social reform as well as education. Steiner-Waldorf schools, biodynamic agriculture and a variety of therapeutic and curative initiatives are amongst the most well-known practical applications of his work.
Our approach to education is based on Steiner’s educational insights, specifically those that relate to child development. These form one aspect of what Steiner called ‘anthroposophy’, literally, ‘human wisdom’, or ‘knowledge of the human being’ . These ideas are contained in Steiner’s approximately 4,000 lectures and some 50 written works. Many of these can be accessed on line at the Rudolf Steiner archive at www.rsarchive.org.
What is a main lesson?
Each day opens with a Main Lesson which lasts approximately 2 hours and will focus for up to four weeks on one core subject drawn from the broad curriculum. The Class Teacher (or specialist teacher in the Upper School) endeavours to integrate a range of artistic activities, techniques, delivery methods, learning styles and resources to encourage the child’s enthusiastic immersion in the subject.
Can children get into university with a Steiner Waldorf education?
A number of UK Steiner schools offer a limited range of GCSE’s and A levels or recognised equivalents. Results are well above the national average and pupils are able to advance to higher education and a huge variety of career paths. Their strong independent learning skills, motivation and enthusiasm for learning stand them in good stead for later life.
What address should I use on my application form?
Our full address is:
Canterbury Steiner School