Steiner schools form the largest group of independent non-denominational schools in the world*. There are currently over 1,200 Steiner schools worldwide and 2,000 Early Years settings in a total of 60 different countries, 36 in the UK & Ireland.

The School Inspection Service inspects all independent schools and registered Early Years settings in England which are affiliated to the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship (SWSF). The inspection is conducted in accordance with with Section 109(1) and (2) of the Education and Skills Act 2008 and follows the inspection framework agreed by SIS and the Department for Education (DfE). SIS professional inspectors are trained to conduct the inspection of Steiner Waldorf schools and understand their ethos and the special features of their curriculum. The professional inspectors are assisted on inspection by a trained lay inspector with detailed knowledge of Steiner education.
*Not deemed “private” in all the countries.