what is Steiner waldorf education?
Steiner Waldorf education draws on the ideas of the early 20th Century philosopher, Rudolf Steiner on how to educate children in a way that enables them to become their true selves, be equipped to lead a life of their own choosing, contribute positively to society and be a strong force for good in the world.
It centers on nurturing a child’s intellectual, artistic, and practical capacities, tailored to their developmental stages. The philosophy values the individuality of each child, encouraging a love for learning, ethical responsibility, and a sense of community.
It 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.
why is this important?
In today’s digital era all information is readily available at the touch of a button, and educational approaches that focus on memoraisation and rote learning no longer serve our children. A Steiner education develops knowlegable children who are creative problem solvers, who are curious, think critically and are conscientious. These qualites underpin a successful life, and make our students stand out from the crowd.
Aswell as the academic advantages, student’s at Nant-Y-cwm enjoy the benefits of a heart-centered, holistic school. They feel respected, encouraged, and worthy, and this lays the foundation for healthy self-esteem, confidence, and emotional intelligence, which are a spring board for the rest of their life.
How we deliver this at nant-y-cwm:
- Holistic Curriculum: The curriculum is designed to address the whole child—the head, heart and hands.
- Developmental Approach: The curriculum is tailored to the developmental stages of each child. Subjects are introduced at times when the child is deemed developmentally ready.
- Continuity of care: Each class typically has a teacher who stays with the same group of pupils throughout their journey, allowing the teacher to understand the individual needs and development of each child.
- Interdisciplinary Learning: Lessons are taught with connections drawn between different subject areas. This approach aims to provide a more interconnected and meaningful understanding of the world
- Creative Expression: Artistic activities are integrated into the academic curriculum to engage the imagination and creativity of students.
A Waldorf 100 film, celebrating a century of Steiner Waldorf education