Quick Facts about the Steiner School Certificate (SSC)

  • A rigorous qualification is based on continuous assessment and tests throughout the year, rather than end of year exams.
  • Externally moderated and quality-controlled.
  • Content based on a rich curriculum, with emphasis on building skills in thinking and understanding, rather than simply learning facts.
  • Assessment based on lesson content, rather than lesson content being controlled by assessment criteria.
  • Qualification approved for entry to New Zealand universities and developed for use not only in New Zealand but in other countries.

Download information for parents, about the SSC and written by the New Zealand Federation

We are in the process of releasing a series of authentic short videos where pupils relate their experiences of the SSC and the Upper school. Visit our SSC updates page to see more.

Norwich Steiner School & the SSC

Pupils age 15-18 years old in Norwich Steiner School now have the option of registering for the Steiner School Certificate (SSC). The SSC is a qualification approved and registered by the New Zealand government and has been developed to incorporate a rigorous and detailed external moderation system, thus providing very high standards of quality assurance.

The New Zealand education system has historically been based on that developed in the UK, and in terms of required standards of entry into Universities and colleges of further education, New Zealand qualifications are considered comparable to those offered in the UK.  Under Commonwealth arrangements, it is now possible for pupils in UK Steiner Schools to register for the SSC and gain a school leaving qualification which is complementary to the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum.

The SSC is a 3-year course and pupils have to be at least 15 years of age to register for it. In terms of school leaving qualifications, the SSC is most comparable, in terms of its interdisciplinary approach, to the International Baccalaureate.  Although the general expectation is that pupils will do all three years, with the achievements in each year providing building blocks for the next, it is possible for pupils to join a class which is part way through the 3-year course, provided there is evidence of them having achieved comparable standards of work in the setting from which they have come.

All pupils have to study and participate in the whole curriculum, although they can choose a higher level of assessment in the topics they have the greatest interest in. Therefore each pupil is not only able to emerge with a certificate which reflects their personal strengths, but can keep developing their skills and achievements in a range of areas - something that cannot happen when a student is asked to specialise too early.