What the DfE tried to hide

Stop Steiner in Stroud

The documents the Department for Education didn’t want us to see have been released. They relate to the decision to approve Steiner education for state-funding.

The DfE refused to hand them over under a Freedom of Information request from the British Humanist Association in 2012 even after the Information Commissioner ruled that they should. The matter went to a tribunal and as a result the documents have finally been made public.

Why were they kept secret from people wanting to find out about Steiner education?  They reveal systematic bullying and racism within existing Steiner schools, concerns about childrens’ learning, complaints from parents at many different schools, and evidence about how anthroposophy is used in Steiner schools.

The public, parents, should have been informed about these issues.

One of the frightening aspects to surface in these documents is that back in 2010 the DfE were intent on keeping the information to themselves, whilst…

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