The European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education

Characteristics of 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.

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  • ECSWE Newsletter 49, May 2017

    In this volume:
    • - Waldorf100 movie and website;
    • - Advocacy update: Lobbying for a human-centred education;
    • - ECSWE Council meeting, Solymár, Hungary, January 2017;
    • - WOW-Day: The commitment of Waldorf students makes a difference;
    • - Domestic reports: from France and the Czech Republic;
  • Waldorf100-Film

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  • RoSE – Research on Steiner Education