‘Good Life’ school get outstanding rating despite having no head, uniforms or exams

The Mail is reporting that a ‘Good Life’ primary school where uniforms are banned and children learn how to make their own clothes has been rated ‘outstanding’ by inspectors.

The Iona School, in Nottingham, costs £5,400 a year despite having no headteacher, exams or computers…

The 84 pupils learn a range of practical skills, including apple pressing, poetry, knitting, embroidery and woodwork, as well as traditional subjects.

Teachers have also turned their backs on modern technology and conduct their lessons using blackboards rather than computers – believing screens are ‘not good for children’…

At the root of their ethos is the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner and it is one of 33 schools in the country that follow the Steiner Waldorf curriculum.

Now the independent school has been given an ‘outstanding’ rating by the School Inspection Service, which uses the same framework as Ofsted.

Inspector Christine Graham said: ‘The quality of teaching and assessment is outstanding. Teaching is inspirational and highly effective. Teachers are very well trained and highly skilled…”

Founding member and chairman Richard Moore said: ‘We don’t have a headteacher because we make decisions as a group and we think that this is the best way to run a school – that way everyone is involved in the decision making.

‘Also we don’t have or use computers at all because screen time is not good for children. We want them to have neat handwriting over using computer keys…’

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Just imagine all the money that could be saved if all schools did away with their heads  😉 

Congratulations to all involved for making things work their own way.

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  1. SIS doesn’t use the same criteria as Ofsted.  SIS will judge Steiner schools according to their adherence to Steiner principles.  There are no tests, for example.  Pupils in Steiner state primary schools are exempt from phonics screening, for example.
    But any state primary inspected by Ofsted would be judged Inadequate if they failed to do phonic screening.  If some schools are exempt, then others should be allowed to do so without running the risk of being damned.

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