What is the evidence to support Steiner Schools?

Katherine wants to know about Steiner Schools.  She is attracted to them for her young daughter but what is the evidence for their effectiveness?  She has heard about some of their stranger practices but are they myths?

Jo Pearce has studied Steiner schools and specifically their approach to spirituality.  She reviews the evidence and recommends an overview of these schools that gives a balanced picture of their contribution to education.  She also explains the key tenets of the Steiner approach and reflects on the relationship between the schools and the government.