Cambridge Steiner School (the School) is an educationally inclusive school where the teaching and learning, achievements, attitudes and the well being of every pupil matter. It is fundamental to Steiner Waldorf education that each child is valued equally and accepted as a unique being with her or his distinctive qualities and aptitudes. This view is embedded within the Steiner Waldorf Schools’ Fellowship Code of Practice, to which all member institutions subscribe.
This policy responds to the Equality Act 2010, the Public Sector Equality Duty 2011 and all other relevant legislation.
We have regard for the revised Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014)
and ensure that we comply with associated duties in the:
Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE 2014)
Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE 2015).
The aim of this policy is to ensure that all individuals have an equal opportunity to participate fully in school life and to be free of discrimination, harassment and bullying whilst doing so. Through this policy, we prioritise removing barriers to both participation and opportunities,
whilst celebrating and promoting the diversity of the school community.
Further reading : Equal Opportunity and Inclusion Policy
Cambridge Steiner School fully endorses the following statement from The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, which represents Steiner Waldorf schools in the UK and Ireland.
The SWSF is opposed to all forms of discrimination against any person or group of people on the grounds of race, gender, faith, disability, age and sexual orientation and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and reflecting the diversity of the children, staff and parents served by Steiner schools. We also reject any racism stated or implied in any of Rudolf Steiner's speeches and writings (dating from the mid-1880s to his death in 1925).
Further information may be found in the FAQ section of the SWSF website, here.
The school also endorses the statement Waldorf schools against discrimination, from the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education, see below.