WESTT Foundation Course

Places still available for September 2019


WESTT Foundation Course in Steiner-Waldorf Education

WESTT is pleased to announce a new 1 year part-time Foundation Course in Steiner-Waldorf Education.  Held over 10 Saturdays, the Foundations course is aimed at those who are interested in developing and deepening their understanding of this unique way of working with the developing child, and the ideas that inform it.


Those who complete the course will have a grounding in the following areas:

  • Origins and guiding principles of Waldorf education – education towards freedom
  • The role and significance of Waldorf education in the modern world
  • The Waldorf school
  • Child observation and development
  • Key aspects of the curriculum
  • The importance of art in education, and of education as an art.
  • The experience of drawing and painting
  • Crafts and their significance in Waldorf education
  • The role of music, rhythm, speech and movement in education
  • Rudolf Steiner’s picture of the human being
  • The importance of self-development
  • Aspects of classroom management
  • The senses and the temperaments
  • Festivals throughout the year




As far as possible, the course will be immersive and experiential, so that understanding of the underlying principles is gained in an organic way.  No prior experience is required; only a willingness to be challenged and enriched by this radically different way of viewing and educating the developing child.

Each course day will include a wide range of experiences.  Some, such as music, study, child development, the classroom and the curriculum will feature throughout the year, while others will be introduced for a few weeks at a time – for example, eurythmy, spatial dynamics, drawing and painting.

The course will also tackle important questions about the wider educational environment in which we operate, and where the Steiner-Waldorf movement positions itself within this.

Those who complete the course will receive a  Foundation in Waldorf Education Certificate.  90 % attendance is required for this, as well as a the completion of an independent piece of written work.

There will also be some required reading for the course, which will inform our work together over the weekends.  Participants should be prepared to do up to 2 hours of self-directed reading and study per week.


The course will be held in the lovely setting of Wynstones School, situated between Stroud and Gloucester.



WESTT runs a two-year class teacher training on one weekend each month during the year.  The Foundations course will be held on the same weekends, meaning that participants will be joining a vibrant learning community, and benefiting from the wide range of tutors who are involved in the teacher training course.

The day will start at 9 am, and will finish at 6 pm.

Course Dates:

Saturday 7th  September 2019

Saturday 5th  October 2019

Saturday 2nd  November 2019

Saturday 7th  December 2019

Saturday 11th   January 2020

Saturday 8th  February 2020

Saturday 7th  March 2020

Saturday 9th  May 2020

Saturday 6th  June 2020

Saturday 4th July 2020



If you are aiming to become a class teacher, you should apply to join our two-year teacher training course.  The Foundations course will suit:

  • Upper school and specialised subject teachers
  • Classroom assistants
  • Learning support assistants
  • School administrators and trustees
  • School volunteers
  • Parents who wish to deepen their understanding of their child’s education

How to apply

Please ensure that you apply online by the end of July 2019.

There is a non-refundable application fee of £30.  As part of the process, you will need to provide a character reference and say a little about your reasons for wishing to join the course.  Please have both reference and written piece ready before applying online.

Movement plays a central role in Waldorf education, and the course may not be suitable for anyone who is unable to participate in light physical activities.


The course costs £950 + VAT (£1,140 Incl VAT).  Lunch for the 10 Saturdays can be pre-booked at a cost of £75. (Tea, coffee and biscuits are included).  If you are offered a place on the course, the full course fee will need to be paid by 31st July 2019..