Alistair Pugh, a member of the Edinburgh Steiner School, wrote to the Scotsman in support of an article by Lesley Riddoch about changing the school age. Ms Riddoch said, "The Scottish Government does have a National Play Strategy, launched in June 2013, which aims to make Scotland “a nation that values play as a life-enhancing daily experience for all children and young people in their homes, nurseries, schools and communities”. But there’s no statutory duty on councils to provide that play, and faced with £500 million cuts next year, it’s hardly surprising that most councils view play as an optional extra – the expendable item in a tough, competitive world where employability and the three ‘R’s are top priorities. Yet ironically, all the evidence shows the skills most valued by employers (and least likely to be replaced by technology) are soft skills – problem solving, team working, communication and social confidence." You can read the original article here and Alistair's response here.
The Edinburgh Steiner School offers places up to 300 children aged 3½ to 18 years. A uniquely broad curriculum, small classes, modern languages from age 6 and outstanding pastoral care. The school provides a multicultural environment which attracts students from all over the world.