Validation of a Steiner-Waldorf teacher education programme: auditing the programme

Grant type: Development (2000-08)
Round: October 2005
Amount awarded £4,993.00
Completed: October 2006
Leader(s): Dr Iddo Oberski and Prof Peter Cope
Organisation: University of Stirling
Contact Email:
Contact phone: 01786-467600
Address: Institute of Education, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA
Mr Alistair Pugh
Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School
Mrs Astrid MacLean
Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School
Interim report received: 18 November 2008
Final report received: 18 November 2008

Steiner Waldorf (SW) education is based on the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). It provides a distinctive form of education. There are about 900 SW schools worldwide. SW schools in the UK are in the independent sector, but aspire to be state maintained to reduce the financial barriers to access. This process has recently begun in England (Woods et al. 2005) and is likely to spread across the UK. There is already a shortage of SW trained teachers and state-funding is likely to result in the expansion of SW education and thus further teacher shortages, unless SW teacher training can expand at the same time. The only teacher training course for SW education in Scotland is currently offered at the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School. Although students are continuously assessed on various assignments, completion of the programme does not currently carry any formal credit. This project will identify the necessary developments to the SW Teacher Training course to meet the requirements of validation by the University of Stirling, including QAA criteria for quality assurance. It will produce an audit tool and a report to allow the school and University to decide whether or not to proceed with the actual validation process.