Talks open on state funds for Steiner

21st July 2000 at 01:00
MINISTERS have opened discussions about state funding for the alternative Steiner schools movement by the autumn of next year.

Standards minister Estelle Morris has suggested the Steiner Waldorf Foundation should examine two options: funding for a pilot scheme for schoolsin areas of social exclusion or the transfer to the state sector of existing institutions.

The 27 Steiner schools in Britain offer child-centred education with the emphasis on creativity, and avoid formal teaching of reading or writing before the age of seven.

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