West of England
Steiner Teacher Training
Students' art work: painting and wax crayon drawing
West of England Steiner Teacher Training
Structured for people with busy lives
Now running at Wynstones School, this part time course is designed for those wishing to become Steiner Waldorf teachers and for mainstream teachers who want to deepen and enliven their existing practice. It offers an opportunity to go deeply into Steiner Waldorf educational philosophy and practice in a programme that is structured to be accessible for full time teachers as well as people with family and work commitments. The course takes place over two years, each year consisting of ten weekends, from 7-00 pm on Friday to 1-00 pm on Sunday , with one week at Easter and another in the Summer. Its lively and varied programme focuses primarily on the class teacher period (Ages 6 - 14 years) and is appropriate for those wishing to become class teachers and subject teachers of this age group.
Independent work is an important element and, in addition to the weekend workshops, students complete a wide range of guided tasks. These include study of key texts, written assignments, art and craft work and child observation. As well as a strong grounding in the principles of Steiner Waldorf education, the course provides regular practice in a range of teaching skills, including oral presentation of different types of material.
The course includes:
Studying the philosophical background of Steiner Waldorf education, a multifaceted picture of the human being and child development, the child centred curriculum and methodology, a programme of artistic enrichment, practical aspects of classroom management, school experience and teaching practice and, we hope, enjoying the company of like-minded people.
Steiner Waldorf Schools
Steiner Waldorf education is the fastest growing educational movement in the world. With a deep understanding of child development, a broad curriculum and creative methodology, Steiner Waldorf schools place the changing needs of the child at the centre of their teaching. They demonstrate a unique, holistic approach that has been adapted to diverse social, ethnic and economic contexts throughout the world. In the United kingdom, there are now more than thirty Steiner Waldorf schools, including state-funded Steiner Academies in Hereford, Frome, Exeter and Bristol.
The core tutors
Angela began her career in special education. She then worked as a class teacher for 22 years at the Bristol Steiner school. Her work in adult education started at Emerson College, where she co created and taught the part time courses. As well as being co director of the present part time WESTT course, she is also an advisor for the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship and conducts appraisals and assessments in Steiner schools.
An early graduate of the WESTT course, Jeremy has been a class teacher at both Raphael and Norwich Steiner schools. As well as being a class teacher, he has trained in special educational needs and is a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. He has also been a specialist subject teacher in maths and music. Having contributed to WESTT in 2015 and 2016, Jeremy has now become a full-time member of the team.
Martin worked in special education before becoming a class teacher at Wynstones Steiner School, where he taught for twenty years. During this time, he also trained in Specific Learning Difficulties. In 1999, he became the director of Steiner Teacher Education at Emerson College and developed the full and part time teacher training courses. He co-founded WESTT with Angela in 2010.
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