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)
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.