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Defining our Education Principles:

At York Steiner School, we have a holistic approach to learning and education. What this means in practice, is that whilst we work out of the principles and ideas developed by Rudolf Steiner, we also pride ourselves on our ability to meet the needs of your child today, living in the 21st century.

Our teachers are constantly engaged with developing these ideas to fit the individual needs of your child. There is much research and insight into pedagogy, (the method and practice of teaching). We use this word a lot in our school, as it keenly reflects our commitment to implementing best practice in the classroom, and to see what actually works with your individual child.

Some of our pedagogy comes from outside the Steiner method. This way, we can ensure that we are consistently enhancing our teaching methods and style, to directly impact on your child’s learning and well-being.

We work with multi-disciplinary professionals, including educational psychologists and occupational therapists where required, to continually enhance our understanding of your child.

We also work out of fundamental principles and these are outlined below. These provide a learning framework for everything that happens in the life of our school and are also used as a benchmark for us to evaluate our effectiveness.

TEN FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES:

  1. At York Steiner School, we understand that your child is unique. Understanding the developmental stages of childhood, our education is unhurried and absolutely age-appropriate.
  2. We believe that childhood is not a raceand that our job is to fuel the flame of learning in your child, so that a love of learning is something that will stay with your child throughout his or her lifetime.
  3. Our curriculum is broad, with a reverence for all of life and the interconnectedness of all things, including Nature, society and the larger world outside of the classroom.
  4. We believe in minimal testing, but naturally monitor progress and assess where appropriate.
  5. Cultivating healthy and respectful relationships to each other, we value qualities such as honesty, kindness and care.
  6. Whilst our work has evolved out of the insights of Rudolf Steiner, we use these solely as a foundation to enhance our understanding of your child in the context of today’s world.
  7. We use the outdoors, song, music and art,alongside tried and tested, traditional teaching methodologies to educate and inspire your child.
  8. Education at York Steiner School is immersive, inspiring and creative in the truest sense, as children experience a hands-on and experiential approach to learning.
  9. We believe that when pupils leave our school, they should be confident and resilient, able to take on the inevitable challenges that life throws their way.
  10. We can confidently say that we educate children for a lifetime. We equip our young people with the practical, social, emotional and mental skills they need to succeed in life, have fulfilling relationships with others and be happy, whatever path they choose.

 

 

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The Board of Trustees has recruited four external educationalists who are giving valuable advice and support to the school.  James Pitt, one of the trustees holding the teaching and learning area of responsibility, welcomes people from outside the Steiner movement: “Our advisors can look at what we are doing and comment as critical friends.  As the school develops we are always seeking new perspectives, evaluating what we are doing and seeing how we can grow within our commitment to anthroposophical education.”  The advisor are:

Christine Anne Otter

Chris had wide experience as an industrial chemist, classroom teacher and subject lead and senior management in schools before joining the University of York.  There she was science PGCE co-ordinator and involved in curriculum development in the University of York’s Science Education Group. Her work on context-led science has been widely adopted internationally. Chris is currently completing her PhD which focuses on use of drama in developing understanding of science.

Professor Ian Davies

Ian is the author of numerous books (published by Routledge, Continuum, Sage and others) and many articles in academic journals most of which explore issues related to teaching and learning about contemporary society (with a particular focus on citizenship education).  He lectures and researches extensively in international contexts and he has been successful in attracting funding from a wide range of government and non-government agencies in the UK and elsewhere.  Ian teaches and supervises undergraduate, MA and PhD students and initial teacher education trainees.

Professor Dean Garratt

Until recently Dean has been Head of School of Education at the University of York St John.  After qualifying as a secondary teacher in 1993 he completed a PhD in the field of education before working in a variety of roles in HE for the last twenty years at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and at the University of Chester. His wide experience as a qualitative researcher and work with postgraduate students (both taught and research-focused) together provided the opportunity for him to undertake a secondment as Director of the Graduate School and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Chester before moving to York St John as Head of the School of Education.

Trudi Fitzhenry

Trudi has had a successful career in the primary classroom, leading to being head teacher at a local Primary School.  She is currently completing her Doctoral Research at the University of York St John where she has investigated issues of attachment, power and control in the primary classroom focused on meeting the needs of vulnerable children.  She is now focusing her research around the academisation of primary schools in England within a neoliberal context.

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Thank you to everyone who came along and enjoyed this wonderful event on Sunday.

Our teachers organised a wonderful afternoon for the school community to come together today for Epiphany to rekindle the light we all need to warm our way through the year.

Warm drinks and ‘King’s Cakes’ (with a bean in if you were the lucky one)were served.

Grown-ups’ wishes for the New Year at our school were collected on a ‘Wishing Tree’ while children’s wishes were carried by candle-lit walnut boats to come to land – and, we hope, to fruition – in the year ahead.

There were a few activities to choose from – a short ‘Kings’ Play’ to work on and present; a chance to learn some carols for the Epiphany season and sing those to us all; some crafts to make and games to play.

The wish tree will be in the school community room over the next week for people to add further wishes for our school for the year ahead.

A huge thank you to the teachers for organising such a heart warming event for the community.

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We will be having our next Enquirers’ Morning on Thursday 14th November 2019.

The morning is for all parents / carers who are interested in finding out more about our school.

Please contact the office for more information on 01904 654983 or jo.cuthell@yorksteinerschool.org

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As we enjoy the late summer days we look forward to a term of wonderful festivals and of course our annual Advent Fair on Saturday 23rd November.

Please remember we have a week of staff training prior to half term in October. Full term dates available here:

Term Dates 2019-20

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