Opportunity | Waldorf Class One Teacher

Salary: £22,000 

Start Date: September 2020

Deadline for application: Open until filled


 

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a young and pioneering Waldorf school in Kent. 

 

We wish to create an exemplary 21st Century Waldorf school with an emphasis on community, sustainability and innovation. We have an experienced and dynamic team and a strong Board of Trustees. 

 

Founded by a group of parents and teachers in response to the closure of Canterbury Steiner School, this initiative has been running since January 2018 with a Kindergarten, a combined Class one & two (Maple Class), a Class 3 (Rowan Class) and a combined Class 4 & 5 (Linden Class). We gained Independent School status in September 2019 and aim to build, year on year, up to Class 13.

 

There are 45 children in the School and numbers are growing. There is now a vacancy for a teacher to take on a Class 1 in September 2020. 

 

Ideally the class teacher will stay with this group of children for the next 5 years.

 

For more information: www.newschoolcanterbury.co.uk 


 

OUR AIMS

 

To inspire a love of learning and nurture an environment that ensures that each child's wellbeing is at its heart.

 

To nurture creative, compassionate, critical thinkers, ready to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities within our changing world.

 

To develop each child's sense of purpose alongside giving them the confidence and ambition to fulfil their unique potential 
 

OUR VALUES: 

 

Mutual Respect:  I will treat others with respect at all times and can expect to be treated with respect by others, at all times.  

 

Attentive Listening: When another is speaking, I listen with my whole self, not just my ears. I listen for the feelings and emotions that are behind words and am awake to what we often need to hear in the silence. 

 

Kindness: Kindness is how we treat ourselves, others, and our environment, every day.  Through everyday acts of kindness we create an environment within which others feel confident, cared for and supported.

 

Best Effort: In all activities and at each moment I will do my best.  This applies to my work, my interactions with others and the world around me.  By doing my best at all times I can feel proud of who I strive to be and feel that my contribution to the community is of great value.

 

Safety: We honour our own safety and the well-being of others. 


 

THE ROLE OF THE CLASS TEACHER

 

We are looking for a knowledgeable, flexible and enthusiastic Class Teacher. 

 

Class teachers are usually appointed on a full-time basis and as well as teaching the daily main lesson to their own class, teach subject lessons to other classes, depending on their interest and skills.

 

Attendance at school is based on 5 days per week from 8.00am to 4.00pm with approximately 22 hours of contact time and additional attendance required on a regular basis for planning, meetings with colleagues and parents, additional activities within the school and school festivals. A full time contract would only be offered to someone who had the skills to teach subject lessons in addition to Class Teacher activities. A part time role would be considered for the right candidate.

 

The successful candidate will have access to training including opportunities to visit other Waldorf schools as part of researching and sharing good practice. All staff members will benefit from a continuing professional development programme.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

 

Essential: 

  • An approved Steiner Waldorf Teaching Qualification and/or proven successful teaching experience in a Steiner / Waldorf setting. 

  • A good standard of education, including clear evidence of competency in numeracy and literacy

  • Child protection Level 3 or a willingness to do the online training before starting the role.

  • Good IT skills to send out and receive school emails, plan lessons and use our database and complete research. 

  • An understanding of the statutory requirements of legislation concerning Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety, SEND, Safeguarding and Child Protection.  

  • Suitability to work with children and willingness to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously CRB check). 

  • Eligibility to work in the UK

 

Desirable: 

  • A State Teaching qualification 

  • Additional skills (and experience) that would enable you to teach additional subject lessons. This could include for example:  Spanish Lessons, Games, Handwork, Art, Music, Eurythmy, Woodwork, 

  • Additional skills that would support the development of this new initiative. This could for example  include, fundraising, project management, marketing and giving public talks.

 

Attitude and qualities:

 

  • An Open Heart, Mind and Will 

  • An affinity with our Aims and Values and commitment to acting as an advocate and role model at all times

  • A strong sense of integrity and a commitment to clear honest communication

  • A  commitment and passion for teaching

  • An enthusiasm for working with children and an ability to relate to and inspire them

  • A positive and flexible approach to working with others

  • Open to a progressive not a dogmatic approach to Waldorf education 

  • Good communication skills with children, colleagues and parents

  • An attentiveness to working with parents as partners in their children’s education

  • Self motivation

  • A strong sense of responsibility

 

Skills: 

  • An ability to work in a close-knit team and willingness to work with colleagues in the continued development of the school and curriculum

  • An ability to cope with pressure and to have a flexible and positive attitude towards the challenges that face a new school. 

  • An ability to work on own initiative, and as a positive part of a team

  • A commitment to proactively deal with issues relating to Safeguarding 

  • An ability to communicate well, verbally and in writing and via email

  • To maintain good administrative, child assessment records and planning records.  

  • To liaise effectively with children and parents and be willing to promote the school’s aims positively

  • To inspire a love of learning through planning imaginative lessons that engage the head, heart and hands and that provide an effective learning environment for all children within their care. 

  • To maintain excellent levels of discipline and behaviour with a consistent, firm but caring approach. 

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Fill in our online application: HERE

 

Those shortlisted would be asked to take part in an interview. 

Interviews would take place in June and we would hope to include observed teaching practise if possible. 

 

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION:

New School Canterbury is committed to Safeguarding and welfare of all children. All employees will be vetted for suitability to work with children and young people, and all appointments will be subject to the following:  Satisfactory DBS check  Satisfactory references  Proof of eligibility to work in the UK

 

ENHANCED DBS CHECK:

All posts defined as “regulated activity” are subject to an Enhanced DBS check so that any criminal background (including “spent” convictions, bind-over orders or cautions) is disclosed to the organisation. We cannot employ someone to this post without this check. If you are successful in applying for this post we will ask the DBS for a Disclosure.

 

The position for which you are applying involves contact with vulnerable groups. It is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all subsequent amendments (England and Wales). For this position you are not entitled to withhold information about police cautions, bind-overs, or any criminal convictions that would otherwise have been considered “spent” under the Act.

 

DATA PROTECTION:

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, this organisation will only use the information given on this application form to determine your suitability for this post and to monitor equal opportunities. We will keep application forms of unsuccessful candidates for six months before being destroyed.