Andy Lewis covers the education debate with an introduction to Steiner Waldorf Schools and Academies.; With Michael Gove and the coalition approving new Steiner Schools to open under the Free School Programme it is timely to look closely at the origins and beliefs of Rudolf Steiner the founder of the occult movement of Anthroposophy. Steiner was a mystic who believed he had direct clairvoyant access to cosmic knowledge. As such he developed an esoteric belief system based on karma reincarnation astrology homeopathy and gnomes.; His visions gave insights into architecture art dance agriculture medicine education science and diet. His racial hierarchy of spiritual developmental resonated in Germany in the early 20th Century turning a personal belief into a worldwide movement.; Today we find hundreds of anthroposphically inspired organisations in the UK alone: everything from Steiner Schools Biodynamic farms to banks pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies charities and cheese makers.; Andy Lewis has been trying to lift the veil on the inner secrets of the movement and will discuss how this secretive movement has direct impact on public life. He is the author of The Quackometer website and blog.; Entry is £3 on the door/ Free to Ethical Society Members. Free tea coffee and biscuits will be available.