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Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

05th December 2016

Enter most schools and you'll find technology such as whiteboards and laptops. Not at Iona Steiner school...

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

05th December 2016

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

05th December 2016

The school, based in Nottingham, favours a no-tech approach and has no headteacher and no uniform. ‘The school is run by staff and friends – and, unlike the vast majority of primary schools these days, here the students don’t work on tablets or computers. At the front of the class is an old-fashioned blackboard,’ reports Safraz Manoor in The Guardian.

‘The methods at the school, which are based on the controversial teachings of Austrian 19th century philosopher Rudolf Steiner, may be different from those employed in mainstream state schools, but the Iona was recently declared outstanding by the School Inspection Service – the independent equivalent of Ofsted. The report noted that “pupils do not use computers or the internet when in school but staff have ensured that they have learned about internet safety”. It went on: “Teaching is inspirational and highly effective … teachers are very well trained and highly skilled.”

‘Any school would be grateful to be described in such glowing terms but the staff here are particularly proud that they achieved their outstanding status without technology. In addition to the ban on computers in school, parents are discouraged from letting their children watch television, play computer games or use smartphones at home.’ Read the full report at https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jun/14/steiner-schools-children-tablets-tech

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