Plans for the new Steiner Waldorf training course to start this autumn are going well. It is parallel to the London course with the same validation route, a similar three year structure, weight of assignments and cost. It will provide a full training course for work in Steiner Waldorf early childhood settings, complying with the IASWECE benchmarks and is a nationally valid English early years qualification at level 4 and level 5 through Crossfield Institute, accredited by Edexcel. A validation process for Scotland is also under way.
The course development team, which is all the core tutors of the former Plymouth University foundation degree course, are working now in preparation for the course opening. The team of Richard Bunzl, Sally Jenkinson, Janet Klaar, Francesca Meynell, Winny Mossman, Janni Nicol and Jill Taplin will all teach on the course alongside tutors for a range of artistic and craft subjects and special guest lecturers. There will be monthly residentials at the York Steiner School and two five-day residentials in 2012/13.
Generous funding for start-up costs has come from the trustees of Tintagel House in Sheffield and from the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain, along with loan offers that will enable us to complete all our preparations in time for the Induction residentials beginning on 31st October 2012.
The application form and more details are on our web-site: www.neswec.org.uk. In line with all early years study programmes, applicants are required to have a good level of literacy and numeracy, either shown by GCSE qualifications in English and Maths at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications. Applicants without these can also be admitted through our own skills-needs assessment process.
All students will be supported by study skills sessions and individual help from tutors. The assignment schedule, including written, oral and artistic elements, will be paced so that students can use tutor feedback to build on their skills throughout the course.
A taster day is planned at York Steiner School in September and all applications must be in by the end of September. Please do look at the web-site www.neswec.org.ukand contact Jill Taplin (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or would like details of the taster day.
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