In this intensive course, full attendance is necessary. In certain circumstances – for example, a sudden illness – we will accept a written notification of absence, although 90% attendance is required for completion of the course. In some circumstances, where a weekend is missed, it may be possible to complete the equivalent weekend the following year.
Each weekend you will be given a of set tasks which will mostly have to be completed by the next teaching session. At or before the beginning of each weekend session, you will submit the work you have completed during the previous month.
Regarding all aspects of the course, assessment will be continuous and qualitative. We will do our best to inform you in a clear and constructive way of areas of strength and weakness. In addition, each month’s work will include a key task that will be assessed more formally. With each month’s assignments, you will be asked to return a ‘Self Check’ form, in which you can inform us of any particular challenges or enjoyment you experienced in completing the work.
Tutors and Tutorials
The Core Tutors will provide time for tutorials each weekend. If you need advice between weekends, you can contact them by email or phone. They will also mark your assignments and inform you of your progress. To optimize communication, you will need an email address and access to the internet.
If you have not already undertaken a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, you will need to do so before you will be allowed to work with children. We will require you either to show us your copy of your current DBS disclosure, or to apply for a new one.
On successful completion of all course requirements, you will be awarded a Certificate of Steiner Waldorf Teacher Education. This will usually be sufficient for teaching in Steiner schools in the UK, although some may require an additional mainstream teaching qualification.
If you have not completed all of the required work, but have attended all of the required contact sessions, you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance, together with a document outlining completed and outstanding elements of the course.
It is not unusual students manage to complete all aspects of the course apart from the 6 weeks of teaching practice. In this case, a Certificate of Attendance will be awarded, as outlined above, and the student will have 2 years from the end of the course in which to complete their teaching practice. Once all teaching practice has been completed to the required standard, and all necessary reports have been submitted, a full certificate will be awarded.
Additional qualifications may also be required if teaching outside the UK, so if you are planning to teach abroad, you should make yourself familiar with the specific requirements of the country in which you want to work.
While Qualified Teacher Status remains linked to the National Curriculum in England, it is difficult to provide external accreditation for part time Steiner Waldorf Teacher Training. The current course has no state-recognised validation. Its quality, however, is well recognised within Steiner Waldorf circles and not least by former students, many of whom are successful teachers.
Accommodation and Meals
If you need accommodation, we have a list of local people who can provide bed and breakfast relatively cheaply and we will help you find a place to stay. Alternatively, you can arrange your own accommodation.
An excellent vegetarian supper can be ordered for Saturday evenings at a very reasonable cost. Soup can be ordered for Saturday lunch. Other meals are arranged individually by the students.
Some Pre-course Reading:
Christopher Clouder & Martyn Rawson, Floris Books, 1998
Education Towards Freedom
F. Carlgren, Lanthorn Press, 1996
School as a Journey
Torin M. Finser, Anthroposophic Press, 1994
Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out
Jack Petrash, Gryphon House, 2002
The Way of a Child
A. C. Harwood, Rudolf Steiner Press, 1998