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Heart of Teaching

A pioneering In-House Teacher Training Programme offering student teachers the opportunity of undergoing a substantial part of their Steiner Waldorf Teacher Training at the very heart of the school, in the classroom with teachers and their pupils.

Qualifications Needed

It is not compulsory for applicants to have had previous experience in a Steiner School. However, it is essential that promising applicants are given or make the opportunity to experience Steiner Waldorf Education in action in a school before they are interviewed and accepted onto the course. We feel that students must have had first-hand experience of what it is they feel they want to do before they embark upon what is a very demanding, oversubscribed and rigorous training. Promising applicants are selected to attend a week-long interview visit to Michael Hall. This enables them to observe in classrooms and see teachers and the school in action before being interviewed. We feel that this makes for a much stronger understanding and basis for us as course leaders to make offers and for applicants to make commitments to this two year programme.

Candidates applying to train as Class Teachers (ages 6-14) need to have had a good general education and to have developed sound skills in Maths and English. Music, Drama and the visual arts play an important part in the work of the class teacher and therefore a training/experience or skills in one or more of these areas are desirable. All the core subjects in addition to History, Geography and Science are taught by the Class Teacher and it is therefore important that candidates have a lively interest in the world and an enthusiasm and commitment for learning.

Please complete the online form below, or download and print the word version and email to Renata Harkness.

Meet The Instructors

Renata Harkness - Course Leader. Study, Theory and Practice

Emmeline Hawker - Maths

Vanessa King - Art

Julian Rolton - Music

Arthur Dyer - Gym

Rachel Gatehouse - Blackboard Drawing

Ursula Godber - Recorders

Tom Morris - Outdoors

Michaela Devaris - Eurythmy

Zoe Crowder - Handwork

Application Form

Personal Details

DBS Checks

Please note, on acceptance onto the Heart of Teaching course we will ask you to fill in a DBS Application Form. 

“Michael Hall School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.” 


“Education is not filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”

William Butler Yeats