Bristol Steiner Academy are advertising for an English teacher.The school has just opened, and the information pack for applicants may be found here.
Along with all other Steiner schools including publicly funded Academies and free schools, this school is not required to teach the national curriculum, nor does it have to employ qualified teachers.
The English teacher application pack includes a person specification listing both essential and desirable qualities for applicants. After an “excellent track record ” the main requirements are for
“A commitment to the ethos of our school as a Steiner Academy” and
“An understanding of the Steiner-Waldorf approach to teaching” .
They also require applicants to be flexible as their “directed professional development …may require out of ‘normal hours’ and personal study which may be unpaid.”
For any unsuspecting non-Steiner people considering applying, it will be useful to point out that the personal study will in all likelihood involve becoming very familiar with the works of Rudolf Steiner on topics such as “Occult science”. The SWSF have stipulated that teachers should attend such events as Easter conferences on anthroposophy.
What the school really wants is a teacher who has been trained on one of the anthroposophical training courses, (no A levels required) and in all likelihood, that is what they will get. The post will be part-time as the children spend most of each morning with their class teacher for 8 years.
The funniest, but also the saddest part of the application pack is the following statement;
“Proof of all qualifications will be required prior to an appointment being offered.”
Why funny and sad? Because no qualifications are required at all.
How on earth do those politicians now calling for all teachers in stated-funded schools to be qualified propose to deal with the teachers in Steiner schools who have no qualifications? Some have a degree, and some are qualified, but for the others, “working towards QTS” would take many years.