Marchbank Free School
Marchbank Free School will be unique in its approach as it will effectively ‘marry’ two very different approaches to education. Children with BESD respond well to structure as it helps them to feel safe and secure – they like predictable routines and respond well when they feel confident that they know what is going to happen next. However, Rudolph Steiner believed-
Our highest endeavour must be to develop creative and responsible human beings who are able to deal with diverse situations and to direct their lives with purpose.”
Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum
The Steiner approach is respected worldwide for its ability to produce very able young people who have a strong sense of self and diverse capacities that enable them to become socially and economically responsible citizens. Marchbank Free School understands that children with BESD also respond well to learning in a practical and artistic manner and would therefore benefit from much of the Steiner approach. They will develop a love of reading through listening to stories, taking part in drama and learning rhymes and traditional fairy tales and legends. They will be encouraged to use their imaginations through a pictorial and artistic approach to subjects. They will engage in practical activities combining traditional games, handcrafts and manual skills with formal learning across each curriculum area.
We therefore intend to gradually, and through a carefully planned development, merge the creativity, pictorial and artistic elements of the Steiner approach with a highly structured approach to learning literacy and numeracy skills to create an innovative, exciting and creative environment which will educate a child’s mind, heart and hands ‘The Child, The family, The Outside World – Winnicott’.
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