The Ruskin Mill Teacher Development Programme is a two- year, part-time programme. The course generally welcomes applicants annually in September and also operates a rolling intake to allow students to join at different times of the year. We look forward to your enquiry.

The Teacher Development Programme is aimed at professionals who work with children and young people with special needs, who want to develop, deepen and enliven their skills, knowledge and practice. The programme explores how the practical, therapeutic and nature-based method of Ruskin Mill Trust (Practical Skills Therapeutic Education), informed by Steiner Education (Waldorf Pedagogy) can create opportunities for highly effective, creative and child-centred teaching and learning. In doing so, it provides professionals who work in an educational context with an opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of Rudolf Steiner’s pedagogic model and principles of human development, and alternative approaches to special education.

Combining research into alternative approaches to education with reflective practice and inner work, the programme offers opportunities for the development and acquisition of new skills and knowledge.

The programme will be delivered by means of a series of activities. These will include:

  • Taught sessions and lectures
  • Groups discussions and seminars
  • Practical activities (experiential craft and art sessions/experiential learning)
  • Reflection (self and peer-based)
  • Independent study

Student Feedback

“I found that the whole course was illuminating and was forced to challenge my perceptions of the world that I understood, which opened up a different way of thinking. I felt that the most useful part related to the life of Steiner because an understanding of his influences helped to put all his thinking into perspective and brought the course together.

This course has allowed me to understand the students from a different perspective, helping me to deepen my knowledge of how to work with them in an educational and therapeutic context. The variety of lecturers who present on the course, from both inside and outside Ruskin Mill, are really inspiring.”

The two-year programme is delivered over two years, over 16 weekend seminars (8 per year) and four 4-day learning blocks (2 per year). Constantin Court, Director of Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (Pedagogy) is the programme lead.

Sessions will be delivered across Ruskin Mill Trust centres in Darlington, Sheffield, Birmingham, Stourbridge and Nailsworth as well as some Steiner Schools. Dates for 2019/2020 are:

27 – 28 September; 18 – 20 October; 22 – 23 November; 6 January; 31 January & 1 February; 17 – 20 February; 13 – 14 March; 27 April; 01 – 02 May; 26 – 27 June; 20 – 23 July.

Find out more:

Click here to download an application form (pdf)
Click here to download an application form (word)