Certificate of Steiner Education

Having considered a range of possible qualifications that could be used at a GSS upper school, the teachers have recommended the Certificate of Steiner Education qualification. A series of meetings and discussions between GSS teachers and those at other UK schools has informed this choice, which would ensure the Waldorf curriculum could be demonstrated in full through use of this qualification.

A brief background for the Certificate of Steiner Education

The Certificate of Steiner Education originated in New Zealand as a secondary school qualification designed to meet the requirements of the New Zealand education system while conserving the unique features of the Steiner curriculum. Having been successful in gaining approval for a qualification with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) in 2010, New Zealand schools established a Steiner Education Development Trust (SEDT) with the aim of offering an officially recognized Waldorf secondary school qualification that could be used by Steiner Schools outside of New Zealand. 

UK Schools already using this certificate

There are currently 4 Steiner Schools in the UK which are already using this qualification. If you follow the links below you will see that each provides an overview of how the Certificate of Steiner Education fits within their school, and the advantages that they see in using this qualification. Visiting these school websites will give you a fuller picture of what we would hope to establish here at GSS.

·        St Michaels Steiner School (London)

·        South Devon Steiner School (Totnes)

·        Norwich Steiner School

·        Cardiff Steiner School

Relevance of this qualification

One of the original aims of the certificate was to enable pupils to gain university entrance in Europe and the qualification was therefore designed to provide equivalence that would be recognized within universities including those in the UK. The qualification has been recognized by NARIC which is UK’s national agency for the recognition and comparison of international academic, vocational and professional qualifications from across the world. A series of FAQs about the terminology relating to international requirements for qualifications, awards and certificates are available on the SEDT website.

On 14 March Jan Swann and Karen Brice-Geard came to GSS to give an overview of the Certificate of Steiner Education and to answer questions from the school community. Jan and Karen are SEDT Co-workers with responsibility for working with schools in the UK/ Europe who want to use the certificate as their secondary school qualification. A summary of the meeting will be made available shortly on this blog.

The place to find out more about the Upper School

About this blog

The aim of this Blog is to create a central place for information about the Upper School project here at Greenwich Steiner School. Over the coming weeks and months this blog will communicate Upper School activity and progress, as well as the features and advantages we think an Upper School will bring to pupils.

For this first post I thought it would be useful to briefly highlight which years will be part of the Upper School.

Upper School work: Image courtesy of the  Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship

Upper School work: Image courtesy of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship

Lower School/ Upper School classes

Education at Waldorf Schools is organised within Lower School (Classes 1 – 8) and Upper School (Classes 9 – 12). Greenwich Steiner School already has well established classes from 1 – 7 and education continues up to Class 8 and the Upper School would expand provision in order to complete the full curriculum.

If you have ever found the nomenclature of Steiner classes and state school year groups confusing sometimes (I have!) then you may find the table below useful to put the school years in context. The table shows Steiner School classes in relation to pupil ages and the names of year groups in mainstream schools.

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Future posts

Future posts will look in detail at the Upper School curriculum and at the proposed qualification, which would be based fully on the Steiner curriculum. If you have suggestions about subjects that you think should be featured in this Blog please do get in contact.