“Our proper task as educators is to remove hindrances.”

Rudolf Steiner (1922) ‘The Art of Educating Young Children’ (Spiritual Ground of Education)

SWASEND is a professional organisation offering training, sponsored conferences, workshops and lecture events.

Align for Learning 2020 – Autumn Open Modules – CPD

The following modules are being offered teachers, SENDCOs, Student Teachers Trustees and Parents at discounted prices in part through a generous grant secured by the Steiner Waldorf Schools’ Fellowship – 1. The INPP Classroom Movement Programme / 2. Auditory Processing / 3. The Perfect SENCO / 4. Visual Processing

 All events take place at Peredur Centre for the Arts, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 4NF

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…for more details about the Align for Learning training seminar for Class and Subject teachers and any teacher seeking to broaden and deepen their understanding of meeting the needs of all learners.

See Align for Learning

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 What the Graduates of Align for Learning say: 

“The tutors were all of a very high calibre…I would highly recommend this course to anyone working or interested in this field” 

“This course made me, as a class teacher, much more aware of the children’s needs and gave me some really valuable tools to meet these needs.” 

“I was putting what I was learning into practice all the time” 

“I really appreciated coming together with other professionals and forming lasting connections”

“I would definitely recommend this course, because all teachers should know about learning differences” 

Graduates of this course have gone on to establish learning support departments and develop their schools’ learning support provision; become special needs advisors; co-direct teacher training seminars and set up private practice working with children. 


The Steiner Waldorf Association for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SWASEND) is a not-for-profit association set up in the late 1990s by and for teachers working with children and adolescents with learning differences within the context of Steiner Waldorf Education.

SWASEND was set up by Ewout van Manen, Brigitte Marking and Ann Swain for teachers. The aim was, and continues to be, to foster continuously increasing high standards of Learning Support for children with special educational needs and disability within all educational systems. For more information click here.


Membership is open to Learning Support teachers and SENCOs working within the mainstream, independent and Steiner Waldorf sectors.

Full members will also receive Support for Children – a journal issued termly.

Membership application form can be downloaded here.