In this intensive course, full attendance is necessary. We recognize, however, that some circumstances make absence unavoidable. You will be required to attend a minimum of 90% of this course. We expect to be notified in advance of any planned absence and to receive explanations for unplanned absence due to illness etc. When necessary, students will be required to complete missed weekends during a subsequent year.
Each weekend you will be given a of set tasks which will mostly have to be completed by the next teaching session. Once the course has started running, the process will normally work like this:
At the beginning of each weekend session, you will hand in a folder containing the work you have completed during the previous month. At the end of the same workshop, we will give you a second folder containing any of your previous work we have already assessed, plus new guidelines for the coming month’s work.
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. If you do not have a DBS disclosure, we will help you obtain one at the start of the course. There is a standard charge for this.
On successful completion of all course requirements, you will be awarded a Certificate of Steiner Waldorf Teacher Education. This will be sufficient for teaching in a Steiner school in the UK.
Additional qualifications may 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.
A certificate will be awarded when all aspects of the course, including teaching practice, have been completed.
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