I live in a town under the threat of a Steiner Free school.
Stroud has a surplus of over 600 school places and yet a group of enthusiasts have recently submitted their second application for a free school. Policy has been to open free schools whether or not there is a shortage of places, so it is possible this application will succeed.
There is significant opposition to this planned school on the grounds that it is not needed, will be divisive if approved, and will harm the existing schools in the area.
Steiner education has many flaws:
They use spiritual science on children (they deny this)
The teachers are trained in anthroposophy and how to use it.
Most teachers are unqualified.
The Steiner curriculum includes pseudoscience and homeopathy.
A belief in reincarnation and karma based on spiritual development through the races from black to Aryan is the foundation for this "method".
Incidents of unchecked bullying were reported to the DfE years ago but hidden from the public.