Characteristics of Steiner Waldorf Education
Below are some characteristics that can be found within Steiner Waldorf Education:-
- Steiner Waldorf schools work with an integrated balance of artistic, practical and intellectual content in the curriculum with an emphasis on social skills and spiritual values.
- All schools are co-educational, fully comprehensive and integrated from the age of 6/7 to, ideally, 18/19.
- They are run co-operatively by a College of Teachers using a flat- management system. All have a legal Council of Management and there is active parent participation in all areas of school life.
- All pupils share the broad, internationally recognised Waldorf curriculum, which is non-prescriptive and proven over 80 years. It is in accord with their developmental needs, without undue early specialisation or inappropriate academic pressure.
- Schools are extended learning environments for parents and teachers to work co-operatively in support of children’s education.
- Formative assessment is the preferred practice in the school.
- An early years approach that provides time and space for development of key skills is a basis for later literacy, numeracy, social and emotional competence.
- Block periods for core Steiner curriculum.
- Schools work with the ideal that such education should be accessible to all, regardless of ethnicity, creed or financial circumstances.
- Two modern languages taught from the age of 6.
- Whole class teaching in aesthetically pleasing and secure learning environment where qualities of childhood are nurtured and respected.
- An accompanying class teacher from school entry age for several years in succession.
- Children based in their own home classroom except for specialist areas.
- All-age schools with mixed ability classes according to the age of the child and not streamed by achievement.
- Science and technology taught throughout in age appropriate form.
- Key skills such as numeracy and literacy presented in an imaginative and creative manner.
- Enhanced mobility and international school exchanges because of common ethos and related core curriculum.
- Children being well grounded in their cultural environment and also conscious of being world citizens.