Alternative Approaches to Education: A Guide for Parents and by Fiona Carnie

By Fiona Carnie

This booklet is designed to provide mom and dad and lecturers details at the substitute schooling suggestions to be had within the united kingdom. It covers 3 major areas:Outside the nation process: small faculties; Steiner Waldorf faculties; Montessori faculties; democratic colleges and different colleges with replacement philosophiesDoing it your self: establishing a small institution or studying centre; teaching at domestic; versatile schoolingAlternatives in the kingdom method: how a few country colleges are discovering other ways of workingThe values, philosophies and strategies of every substitute are defined, together with the first-hand reviews and debts of kids, academics and fogeys. there are solutions to universal questions and valuable resources of extra information.This available and informative booklet is the suitable creation for fogeys figuring out how most sensible to teach their childrens. will probably be of curiosity to lecturers trying to construct their wisdom of other schooling philosophies.

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The school offers a very safe environment for adolescents to grow and mature into confident and caring young people who are well on the way to achieving their goals in life. Any disadvantages? Some parents may find the smallness, which for us was a great plus, may not suit their child. It is not cheap, but some local authorities will help with fees, and we certainly felt that any financial sacrifice was more than compensated for by the enthusiasm for learning that was reawakened in our son. Judith Cattermole, parent, The Home School 38 Alternative approaches to education East Anglia St Andrew’s School Lower Common, East Runton, Norfolk NR27 9PG Tel: 01263 511727 Fax: 01263 511727 School established: 1988 Age range of pupils: 6–12, and part time older pupils Maximum number of pupils: 16 Number of staff: 8 Curriculum: Based on National Curriculum with special consideration for literacy, occupational therapy and language therapy.

When the child joins the school in Class one the class is assigned a teacher who stays with the group for the next eight years. The teacher gets to know the children in his class extremely well and becomes a friend, guide and mentor rolled into one. It is the job of the teacher to create a curriculum which is appropriate to the group at each stage of their development. Topics are explored through action, art and thought and there is an emphasis on beauty. Children learning in this way understand the relationship and connections between the subject areas.

Steiner Waldorf education 49 How do children fare if they start at a Steiner school and then have to transfer to a state school or vice versa? Sometimes children transferring from a Steiner school to a different kind of school can have difficulties initially as the whole method of educating is so different. Generally speaking they settle down well, their experiences at the Steiner school in awakening their interest and imagination standing them in good stead. Again the settling in process may take a while as expectations of the child may be very different, but if it is the right school for the child, she will soon learn to feel at home there.

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