Steiner Education

Steiner Education is based on the ideas of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), an innovative academic, born in Austria.  He applied his philosophies to education (and many other areas), taking into account the needs of the whole child – academic, emotional, spiritual, physical and personal development.

This approach develops a love of learning and an enthusiasm for school including artistic activity and the development of the imagination.  Steiner education is a tried and tested education method that is respected worldwide, more information on Steiner education can be found at the UK Steiner Waldorf Fellowship website


Steiner education ….

  • works for all children irrespective of academic ability, class, ethnicity or religion
  • takes account 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 capabilities that enable them to become socially and economically responsible citizen

Steiner-Waldorf schools have been providing care and education for children in the UK and internationally since the first Steiner-Waldorf school was founded in 1919.  Steiner schools are always co-educational, fully comprehensive and take pupils from three years to, ideally, 18.  Steiner-Waldorf education is grounded in the philosophy developed by Rudolf Steiner.

Further Reading

At Beechtree we have a small library of really interesting and informative books on Steiner Education and other related childhood issues such as the influence of media.  You are very welcome to borrow them but please remember to return them.  They are also available to buy from Amazon and using the link from our Support page will mean that Amazon are supporting us too!

Here are a few examples ….