Course Guide, Dates and Details – 2021 – 2022

Weekends

10th – 12th September 2021
8th – 10th October 2021
5th – 7th November 2021
3rd – 5th December 2021
7th – 9th January 2022
4th – 6th February 2022
4th – 6th March 2022
6th – 8th May 2022
3rd – 5th June 2022
1st – 3rd July 2022

Intensive Weeks

Easter Week  11th – 15th April 2022
Summer Week 1st – 5th August 2022

Attendance

For these intensive courses, 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 (whether online or in person). In some circumstances, where a session is missed, it may be possible to complete the equivalent weekend in a following year.  This is arranged on an individual basis, at the discretion of tutors.

Assignments

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.  This can be done via our Moodle online platform, or via email.

Assessment

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.

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.

Certification – ART OF EDUCATION (Foundation Level)

On successful completion of the first year of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion of the Art of Education course.  This certificate may be used to apply for non-teaching or assistant roles in a Steiner Waldorf school.

Certification – ART OF Teaching

On successful completion of the two years of training, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion of the Art of Teaching course.

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded where the student has attended all sessions of the course but has not met other requirements.  This does not qualify a student to be employed as a teacher.

Having successfully completed all aspects of the two year course, including  three weeks of teaching practice and three weeks of classroom observation, and on successful completion of a year of teaching  in a Steiner school, you will be awarded a Certificate of Diploma of Steiner Waldorf Teaching

Completing the course

It is not unusual that, within the two years of the course, students manage to complete all aspects of the course apart from the 3 weeks of teaching practice.  In this case, the student will have 2 years from the end of the course in which to complete their teaching practice. Where a student is taken on as a class teacher in a school, the teaching practice can be completed during the first term of employment.

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.

LOCATION

We are delighted to announce that, from September 2021, the WESTT course will be hosted at Ringwood Waldorf School.

Accommodation and Meals
If you need accommodation, we provide 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.

A 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 students.

Introductory Books

Some Pre-course Reading:

Waldorf  Education
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