FLaT

Edinburgh :Multi-Sensory Learning & Creativity Project -

RUDOLF STEINER & BALGREEN PRIMARY

What is this?

This project consisted of a partnership between the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School and Balgreen Primary School.  It explored how elements from the Steiner approach to multi-sensory learning and creativity could be integrated into a mainstream curriculum and aimed to address and support the different learning styles and needs of pupils. It worked specifically to develop the integration of art and music within the primary curriculum together with introducing and implementing a programme of rhythmic work designed to encourage healthy physical and cognitive development in pupils of all abilities. Elements of the project were recorded on video which can be used as training material in a wider context.

FLaT involvement?

FLaT provided support to enable Steiner and Balgreen staff to work together on a programme of professional development. It also assisted with the provision of the relevant materials and equipment to allow the implementation of Steiner practice within Balgreen Primary.

Links with National Priorities?

  1. Achievement and Attainment
  2. Framework for Learning
  3. Inclusion and Equality
  4. Values and Citizenship
  5. Learning for Life

Project aims?

  • To explore how elements from the Steiner approach can be integrated into a mainstream curriculum and to develop a mutually beneficial working partnership between teachers from Steiner and Balgreen Primary.
  • To integrate within the curriculum a multi-sensory approach to learning with a special emphasis on pupils' creativity that addresses the different learning styles and needs of pupils, including those with learning disabilities.
  • To heighten pupils' experience of their own creativity and promote confidence, self esteem and social inclusion.
  • To support the development of emotional literacy, collaborative planning, formative assessment and the reflective practitioner.
  • To record elements of the project on video that can be used as training material in a wider context.

Project outcomes?

  • Established a partnership between the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School and Balgreen Primary School that provides a mutually supportive learning environment for teachers and pupils.
  • Shared best practice between two different educational approaches and provide evidence that elements of the Steiner approach can be successfully implemented within a mainstream context and vice versa.
  • Developed multi-sensory learning as an integral component in the curriculum through the introduction of a programme of rhythmic and oral literacy work.
  • Encouraged the integration of creativity, art and music in the curriculum.
  • Increased learner achievement, attainment, confidence, emotional literacy and self-esteem.
  • Promoted teachers' creativity and continuing professional development through collaborative working and reflective practice.
  • Promoted the investigation of effective strategies, the sharing of learning intentions and appropriate feedback.
  • Increased enjoyment of learning.

Timescale?

The project was started in September 2004 and finished in June 2005.

Level of Support?

FLaT support was a grant of £15,044.

Who are the evaluation team?

The project will be evaluated as an integral part of the process by the practitioners and pupils.

Contact person:

Dorothy Baird,
Development Officer,
Scottish Association for Steiner Waldorf Education,
60 Spylaw Road,
Edinburgh,
EH10 5BR
Dorothy@steinerweb.org.uk