Art of Education – Online

ABOUT THE COURSE

We have reimagined the way in which this course will be delivered in the year starting September 2020.

We recognise the importance of the face-to-face meeting, the group dynamic and sharing on so many levels.

We also recognise that the world is changing, and that what seemed unimaginable in 2019 has become the ‘new normal’ in 2020.

We have had to adapt our current courses to meet the demands of online learning. We have met the challenges and embraced the opportunities.

The Art of Education course beginning in September 2020 will be delivered online, with two residential intensive weeks, in April and July.

The online element of the course will be spread over 36 weeks and 10 weekends.

This is a one-year, standalone course, providing a broad grounding in Waldorf education.  Students who complete the course are able to apply for the Art of Teaching course Those fulfilling the requirements of the course will receive a certificate in the Art of Education.

This course will be delivered with both online and face-to-face elements.  Approximately 2/3 of the content will be delivered via live online sessions.  This will be supplemented by two intensive weeks of 5 days each, where tuition will be on-site and in person.*

*Where face-to-face sessions are not possible due to national restrictions on movement or social distancing guidelines in operation, some or all of the intensive week content may be delivered online.

Online Experience

Building on our experience of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, the WESTT team of tutors has developed a good understanding of the technology involved in delivering online courses, and the possibilities and challenges it presents.

Online sessions will be delivered weekly over the 36 weeks of the school year, to coincide broadly with term time.  Two sessions a week will be delivered as follows:

Mondays at 7.30 pm
Tuesdays at 7.30 pm

These twice-weekly sessions will be in the weeks beginning:

14th, 21st and 28th September 2020
5th, 12th and 19th October 2020
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th November 2020
7th December 2020
4th, 11th, 18th and 25th January 2021
1st, 8th and 22nd February 2021
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th March 2021
26th April 2021
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st May 2021
7th, 14th, 21st and 28th June 2021
5th and 12th July 2021

In addition, there will be one weekend per month, for 10 months, where there will be a number of sessions, allowing for more immersive tuition. These weekend sessions will be structured as follows:

Friday evening – 7.30 pm
Saturday morning – 9.30 am and 11.00 am
Saturday afternoon/evening 4.30 pm and 7.30 pm
Sunday morning 10.30 am

These weekends will be:

18th – 20th September 2020
16th – 18th October
13th – 15th November
4th – 6th December
15th – 17th January 2021
19th – 21st February
19th – 21st March
14th – 16th May
11th – 13th June
9th – 11th July

Intensive residential weeks will be:

Easter Intensive week: 12th – 16th April 2021
Summer intensive week: 26th – 31st July 2021

Each day during the intensive weeks will start at 8.45 am and finish at 6 pm.

All online sessions are delivered live and are approximately 1 hour in length.

The course will employ a number of different teaching methods:

  • Immersive/experiential
  • Lectures
  • Self-directed learning and home reading/study
  • Written assignments (which are marked)
  • Artistic/creative assignments
  • Group activities and sharing

There is an emphasis on self-development – the growth of the individual and of the group – with the expectation that this will feed into and nourish the wider community.

The Art of Education course is suitable for:

  • Teaching assistants and learning support assistants
  • Experienced teachers transitioning to a Waldorf or Waldorf-inspired setting
  • Those wishing to become class teachers, and who may go on to apply for the Art of Teaching course
  • Administrators, school managers and other non-teaching staff
  • Parents, including those who might wish to become school trustees
REQUIREMENTS

In order to fulfil the requirements of the course, 90% attendance is required.  In addition, key assignments must be completed in a timely manner, and receive a minimum mark of ‘Achieved.**’

** Key Assignments are marked and awarded Achieved, Merit or Distinction. Students are given the opportunity to improve on a piece of work where necessary. 

WESTT is committed to upholding and promoting child protection and safeguarding.  Attendance of sessions devoted to these areas is compulsory for all students.

AIMS AND OUTCOMES

A student completing the Art of Education Course will have:

  • A good understanding of the impulse behind the first Waldorf school, and the process of renewal that this impulse is necessarily undergoing
  • A good understanding of the place of Waldorf education in the world – historical and political
  • A good understanding of the structure and life of a Waldorf School and its accessibility to children – including alternative models
  • A broad understanding of the role of school professionals in protecting children and keeping them safe (Child Protection and Safeguarding)
  • A broad understanding of the aims of a Waldorf school
  • A good understanding of the key stages of child development, ages 1 to 18
  • A good understanding of the role of self-development of the individual working with children, including areas such as:
    • Self-reflection
    • Understanding significance of one’s own education
    • Self-knowledge
    • Identifying and working with personal challenges
    • Colleagueship
    • Mentoring and co-mentoring
    • Life-long learning
    • Goethean observation
    • Goethean conversation (active listening)
    • Study
  • Experience and understanding of the role of movement and games in Waldorf education
  • Appreciation of the nature and role of eurythmy*
  • Appreciation of the role of music in the Waldorf school*
  • Experience and appreciation of the role of drawing, painting and modelling in the Waldorf school
  • An understanding of the role of festivals, ritual, ceremony and the rhythms of the year
  • A growing understanding of the Waldorf curriculum, and how it relates to child development
  • A growing understanding of temperaments and their place in Waldorf education
  • An initial understanding of the senses and sensory integration
  • A good understanding of thinking, feeling and willing, and how this understanding is applied in the Waldorf classroom
  • A good understanding of Steiner’s picture of the fourfold human being, and the implications of this picture for working with children
  • A familiarity with certain key lectures by Rudolf Steiner, in order to develop a connection to study and life-long learning.

* A combination of eurythmy, music and movement will also feature as experiential elements during any residential periods.

Additional Modules:
  • Working with special education needs (SEN)  in the Waldorf classroom
  • The role of teaching assistants and learning support assistants
  • School management structures (including the role of trustees)
  • Lesson planning – working with sleep and rhythm
  • The role of the outdoor classroom
  • Storytelling

These areas of learning and study are by no means meant to be exhaustive.  As is the case in the Steiner-Waldorf classroom, our intention is to ‘light fires.’

ADMISSION

Students undertaking the course are normally expected to have an all round education to ‘A’ level standard and the equivalent of GCSE grade ‘C’ in Maths and English. We may make exceptions for applicants who show enthusiasm, commitment and the determination to tackle any areas in their own education that need further development.   (Any student wishing to go on and apply for the Art of Teaching course will need to have demonstrated sufficient proficiency in literacy and numeracy, using standardised online assessment tools).

COSTS

The course fee covers the cost of all online and face-to-face tuition, small group and individual tutorials, as well as handouts and access to the online learning centre (Moodle).

Fees

£1,950 when paid in full by 31st July 2019  (Early Bird Fee)
£2,100 when paid after 31st July 2019.
£2,250 when paid in 3 instalments during the year
(payments on 1st September 2020, 1st January 2021 and 1st May 2021)

These fees include an initial deposit of £250, payable at the time of being accepted onto the course. 

In addition, you will need to pay for any accommodation and meals you require. You will also need a small budget for materials and books, although we try to keep additional costs as low as possible.

APPLICATION

We are now accepting online applications.

For further details, click here.