Steiner schools have an agenda; that much is clear from their promotional material. You may read the phrases “child-centred” “holistic” and “creative” as harmless, even positively beneficial, or perhaps you look deeper and realise they are important in an entirely different way to staff and families who *know* about how anthroposophy works. Either way there is also the admission now on websites that anthroposophy is the framework for Steiner schools, despite the claims that it is “not taught to the children”.
Steiner school brochures often claim that they protect children « from the harmful influences of broader society” – these include television, computers, certain sports, foods and even some clothing.
Is this compatible with promoting British values? Is the Steiner idea of what is harmful in line with the rest of our society?
In June the Department for Education (DfE) launched a consultation on “strengthening powers to intervene in schools which are failing…
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