Steiner Education, also known internationally as Waldorf Education, endeavours to educate the whole child. It addresses equally the areas of academia, artistic experience and practical skills, along with a nurturing of the human spirit. Educating head, heart and hands is regarded as important so as to produce well-rounded, capable adults. Through this balanced approach, students develop clarity of thought, a sensitivity of feeling and a constructive strength of will.
The Steiner method removes competitive pressures. We prefer to see each child reach his or her own potential and express his or her own uniqueness and individuality. Steiner Education recognises that this unfolding of potential can be inhibited when children are required to compete against each other to achieve externally imposed goals or benchmarks. We believe motivation and direction must be encouraged to come from within the depths of each human being.
Steiner Education uses the arts as a medium through which learning can take place. The lesson content, be it language work, maths, history, geography, science etc, is enfolded in drawing, painting, modelling, drama, music or poetry, to deepen and strengthen the child’s connection to the material being offered. The arts allow for self-expression and encourage a depth of feeling experience to be present in all learning.
Rudolf Steiner’s theory of human development divides childhood into three distinct seven year periods. Each period has its own work, needs, expressions and defining features. Teachers actively work to provide curriculum content, tasks and experiences that support the stage of development of the children in their care.