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Bristol Steiner typically places creativity and emotional security ahead of early intellectual achievement. We spoke to parents whose children had been 'late starters' in reading but who had gone on to shine in GCSEs. Though some of Steiner’s theories now seem off beat to say the least, the reality seen in practice here is gentle, creative and effective. Pupils enthusiastically showed us woodwork, beautifully carved bowls and boxes and some impressive chairs. The work we actually saw was of a high standard, though there is not…

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As in other Steiner schools, a 'college of teachers' replaces the headteacher. The school's management group comprises trustees and staff representatives.

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Teaching here is very different from most schools, a fact acknowledged even by the inspectorate, which produces a different kind of report with separate criteria for Steiner schools. Though not aimed at exam qualifications children can and do take GCSE, normally in English, maths, history and science, with French, art, German and additional science also available. Groups are vey small – anything between six and 14, with smaller groups for some exam subjects, which are mostly taught by specialists. Day to day teaching, however, consists of a two hour main lesson which is topic-based with topics lasting about three weeks and ranging from ancient history and study of art to organic...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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