15 OCT 2010

South Devon Steiner School

My abiding memory of my tour of the South Devon Steiner School will be walking around their beautiful vegetable gardens and seeing children high in the branches of an apple tree. They do have a tree policy, but it is not a prescriptive ‘do not climb them' but rather guidance on which ones are not safe to climb and how high it makes sense to stop. How refreshing. Whilst the philosophy behind Steiner Education may not suit those who seek a more conventional curriculum, there is much to commend and certainly room within our education system for more choice. Students in year 10 were keen to defend the benefits of their curriculum and I know many local parents as well as teachers at the school will welcome their bid for free school status so that Steiner Schooling is open to all, rather than restricted to those who can afford to pay.

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