Crossfields Institute is honouring Dr Chris Seeley

Dr Chris Seeley, who was our Head of Faculty of Action Research for Social Innovation, passed away on the 3rd of December. Chris was an incredible action researcher – artist – clown – person! We shall miss her. Learners, colleagues and affiliates who knew Chris and wish to write to us about her work and contribution are invited to do so. We are hoping to create here at Crossfields Institute a new online resource and hub for action research in her name. Our thoughts and warmest wishes are with the husband, family and friends at this time.

How do you make sure your research is ethical?

How do you make sure your research is ethical? asks the Guardian in this article:

Dr Isis Brook, Head of Faculty for Environment and Transdisciplinary Studies at Crossfields Institute has developed a new and exciting module in Ethics that will be offered as part of a suite of Masters programmes launching in 2015. For more information about the new Masters programmes offered at Crossfields Institute, write to the Faculty Administration Manager, Jane Tyler on email:

Duchy Home Farm Visit

A visit to the Duchy Home Farm took place on a grey but thankfully dry day on Saturday for the MSc in Practical Skills Therapeutic Education students.

An excellent guided tour from the Farm Manager to HRH Prince Charles around his organic farm that supports education and research by hosting workshops that promote the links between food, farming, health and the environment.

NEW Level 4 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies

We are pleased to announce that the Level 4 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies (Early Years Educator) (VRQ) has just been accredited by Ofqual. Crossfields Institute have been developing this qualification over the last 18 months with the London Steiner Kindergarten Training Company Ltd (particular thanks to Lynne Oldfield) as lead development partner, who provided subject expertise and content in the development of this qualification. It is accredited through our collaboration with CACHE  (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) the specialist awarding organisation for child care.

The aim of this qualification is to provide the learner with the expertise, skills and professional approach needed to be a Steiner Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher and Early Years Educator (EYE), and includes classroom based and placement hours.  Learners completing this qualification may proceed directly to work in a Steiner Waldorf Early Years setting as a group leader.  The qualification is also relevant to those engaged in holistic work with children such as child minders, therapists and others working with children under seven years old both in Steiner Waldorf and mainstream settings.

The Steiner Waldorf EYE qualification now on the Ofqual register represents the first ever Steiner based qualification to be accredited in this way. To view the qualification, please go to: Accreditation was sought in response to the findings of the Nutbrown Review of early education and childcare qualifications (2012). For further information please go to:

Researching permaculture

Permaculture is great at spreading via grassroots sharing. It is an inspiration for 21st century communication. Innovations like https://permaculture-research.blogspot [website no longer exists] help in mobilising practitioners to build up evidence. It would be great to see permaculture breaking through more often into academic journals and influencing government policy. The MSc Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology from Crossfields Institute (pending final approval with the University of Coventry) has been designed to support holistic approaches to food production. Those interested in permaculture, organics, and biodynamics can explore the holistic thinking that underpins what they do and shape research projects that are academically rigorous but true to their roots. For more information see