Greenwich, 21st — 23rd February 2020
Council meeting in Greenwich: Quality care was our focus topic
The key themes covered in this meeting: Quality care in English and European Waldorf settings, the situation of the English Waldorf movement and the follow-up to the celebratory Waldorf 100 year.
The main event of this meeting was the Conference “Between Form and Freedom – Teaching and Accountability”. It focused on the universal challenge that appears between the obligation to meet regulatory requirements and the need to ensure a dynamic and creative curriculum in Steiner/Waldorf schools. The format comprised keynote speeches and workshops exploring the situation of the English school movement, quality care in Waldorf schools, planning of the learning process, formative and summative assessment as well as curriculum development and expectations.
Meeting for the first time after the celebratory 2019, the ECSWE representatives jointly reviewed the International Festival on 100 Years Waldorf Education in Berlin, from 19th September 2019 and the ECSWE Conference on “The Art of Education” in Brussels, 7th November 2019. Small working groups then deepened this work by evaluating their national activities on Waldorf 100 and the various impulses that had derived from the celebration, both within Waldorf institutions and in the public.
The meeting also featured advocacy reports introducing the ECSWE response to the UN consultation on the Cultural Dimension of the Right to Education drafted by Dora Šimunović, the ECSWE contribution to the EU Commission’s consultation on the Digital Education Action Plan and the Working programme of the European Commission and the Croation EU Council presidency.
Furthermore, the board reported on its ideas for becoming a carbon neutral organisation, staff training measures and important changes in the next ECSWE budget with new budget lines supporting activities in our main working fields.