Steiner Schools have found that Waldorf pupils are generally much appreciated for their warmth, interest, social skills and general abilities. They go on to work in a diverse range of professions and occupations including medicine, law, science, engineering, computer technology, the arts, social science, government, and teaching at all levels.
Children are assessed on their individual development: physically, emotionally, socially and mentally. This reflects Steiner’s principle of head, heart and hand. The whole child is important, not just his or her cognitive skills. Teachers may look at the child’s learning from Main Lesson books, recall, group activities, songs, verses and games, social interaction, reactions, concentration and […]
Our students’ progress is continually being monitored by their Class Teachers. Because they spend so much time with the pupils they are able to do this in a way that does not add any unnecessary pressure. International research now shows that enjoying learning depends on keeping a pupil’s curiosity alive. This is a key principle […]
The Main Lesson is a daily, two hour teaching block taken by the class teacher, from 9-11am. It covers core subject teaching in literacy, numeracy, science, history and geography. The main lesson is taught in thematic blocks, usually of two to five weeks. This allows a sustained, multidisciplinary exploration of a topic using a variety […]
Steiner Schools start formal reading and writing between the sixth and seventh birthday, normal in many European countries, but surprising to UK parents. We believe that there are many other things children need to learn before they begin to read and write, like social and emotional skills, kinetic skills, skills to do with the world around […]
Pupils start formal learning, i.e. writing, reading and numeracy in Class One at the age of six. This is the norm in many European countries and an approach supported by a significant body of research. Cognitive skills can be introduced with relative ease if children have first had the opportunity to develop speech, co-ordination and […]
The Early Childhood teacher in a Steiner Waldorf School works with the young child firstly by creating a warm, beautiful and loving environment, which is protective and secure and where things happen in a predictable, regular manner. Here she responds to the developing child in three basic ways. Firstly, the teacher engages in domestic, practical and artistic actvities that […]
While Rudolf Steiner was a Christian, he was clear that Steiner schools should not act to promulgate any religion. Steiner education draws upon the teachings of many religions during the educational process. While we enthusiastically celebrate the spiritual aspects of the major traditional festivals, these often have their roots far deeper in history than Christianity, […]
A founding principle of Lancaster Steiner School is that no family is turned away from Steiner education based on their ability to pay. We are a non-profit making organization, but rely on parental contribution commitments for the majority of our income. We aim to make that commitment as affordable as possible. See also our Financial Information page.
Rudolf Steiner (1869-1925) was a philosopher and social reformer and founder of Steiner-Waldorf education. This educational movement was first set up for the children of workers at the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919, as the city’s first co-educational school and it soon became its largest with over a thousand pupils before the […]