The Steiner Waldorf approach is based on the simple but profound insight that children learn in different ways at different stages of their development. Pupils learn traditional subjects through distinctive and time-tested teaching methods that serve the children’s intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual development in ways that are suited to their age.
Steiner education works for all children irrespective of academic ability, class, ethnicity or religion; takes account of the needs of the whole child – academic, physical, emotional and spiritual; is based on an understanding of the relevance of the different phases of child development; develops a love of learning and an enthusiasm for school; sees artistic activity and the development of the imagination as integral to learning; is tried and tested and is part of state funded, mainstream provision in most European countries; is respected worldwide for its ability to produce very able young people who have a strong sense of self and diverse capacities that enable them to become socially and economically responsible citizens.
Lancaster Steiner Schools’ vision is ‘To develop free, morally responsible and integrated individuals equipped with a high degree of social competence enabling them to embrace their community, sustain their livelihoods and to positively shape the world.’
The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship commissioned ITN to make this short film to look at some of the key features of a Steiner School.
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