- Head teacher at Brantwood
- College principal at Freeman college
- Assistant Head teacher for the 6th form at Brantwood
- Assistant principal at Ruskin Mill
The closing date for this last vacancy is today, and the advert asks for the following;
Knowledge of Rudolf Steiner Holistic Education with particular reference to the works and insights of John Ruskin and William Morris;
The covering letter adds more detail;
The post holder will be expected to embrace, articulate and work with the Trust’s objectives, vision, values, purpose and method, ensuring that the Trust’s paradigm of biodynamic agriculture, Anthroposophical medicine and practical skills education, which is informed by Steiner Education, is maintained, implemented and integrated within the provision of the College.
And in the Job description the following points;
To work with the Therapy coordinator to ensure that there is sufficient provision available for students.
To work with the Therapy Coordinator and therapy team to ensure that the Therapies are effectively integrated into the curriculum and communication between therapists, medical, and Education Learning Coordinators is timely and effective.
The way the “therapies” are given such importance with a capital “T”makes me shudder; these are mainly anthroposophical therapies.
Here are the therapies on offer at Ruskin Mill
- Speech and language therapy including a ‘Social Use of Language Programme’
- Psychological and medical services
- Anthroposophic and complementary medicine
- Massage (Hauschka)
- Movement therapy (Eurythmy)
- Art therapy (Hauschka)
Eurythmy is variously described as dance, movement, and visible speech. It is also pure Steiner. You need to watch a video to see how they do it. Deeply spiritual to those who teach it, but deeply tedious to the participants, who often seem to have little choice in the matter, once they are enrolled at Steiner college, school, or at a Camphill Community.
A commenter here, a student at Ruskin Mill, said that appointments were routinely made for him with an anthroposophical doctor.
All these therapies will be provided by Steiner people who would struggle to find positions in non-Steiner settings where they can do their Steiner stuff. They need to make a living somehow.
So there we have it; the new Assistant principal will have to be a Steiner person who understands anthroposophy and thinks it is okay to use it on vulnerable young people. I wonder how many applicants there will be.
The ofsted inspection for Ruskin Mill last year resulted in an “inadequate” rating; there were concerns about safeguarding and bullying.
There could certainly be some good to come out of colleges where practical skills are taught, but what a shame that in these colleges there has to be anthroposophy. The young people have to do biodynamics. The therapies have to be Steiner therapies. The “paradigm” has to be one based on spiritual science.
Why not ditch the anthroposophy and stop wasting time with potentially harmful Steiner nonsense? AND be honest with people when they sign up, and with the authorities, that anthroposophy is the raison d’etre for all these organisations.