Class Teacher

Vacancy Ref : 40013


Closing Date: 16/11/2020

Pay & Contract
Contract Type: Permanent/Full Time

Class 1 Teacher, from January 2021

Job Description & Person Specification

Issue: Version 1, December 2018


South Devon Steiner School

South Devon Steiner School is an independent, progressive and expanding Waldorf school, situated in the rural South Hams area of Devon, UK.


The school stands in generous and beautiful grounds, including a biodynamic garden, providing a rich and natural environment for students to explore, discover and learn. Facilities include a Grade Two Listed manor house and a newly built sustainable College building. South Devon is a lively school with an active community built of students, staff and parents. The school has approximately 200 home students aged 3 – 19 years.


Job Description

South Devon Steiner School is looking to recruit an experienced Steiner Waldorf teacher with a proven track record of good classroom management, Class 1. The successful candidate will have a passion for education, a deep sense of age appropriate boundaries and how to uphold them, and a firm and fair approach.


The primary focus of this post is to teach and hold a Steiner Waldorf class from Class 1 through to Class 8, working with the teaching and rhythm of the Steiner Waldorf curriculum.

After taking the class through to the end of class 8, the candidate can expect to be considered for the next Class 1 after Class 8 has been completed.


The candidate appointed will be a suitably qualified Steiner Waldorf teacher with a proven track record of classroom management experience or will be able to otherwise demonstrate the ability to firmly hold the class in an age-appropriate way.


The successful candidate will be a good team-worker, keen to work with colleagues in the continued development of the school and the curriculum, and willing to engage in the life of the school whilst at the same time maintaining a necessary sense of personal boundaries.


Punctuality, reliability and good levels of organization are required for this post.

Safeguarding training and first aid training would be advantageous.


Main Responsibilities

  1. To be responsible for any class assigned to you according to the relevant policies, rules and regulations including the Independent School Standards, The Equality Act, Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Anti-Bullying, Behaviour, SEND etc. and the school’s specific approaches in any particular aspect as detailed in the relevant policies;
  2. To teach the Steiner Waldorf curriculum including:
    1. The main lesson (generally two hours per day): A lesson is generally 40 minutes long and the main lesson is therefore counted as three lessons.
    2. Additional subject lessons (including teaching subject lessons to other classes).
    3. The total number of lessons to be taught is not fixed but can be expected to average about 25 per week (although generally fewer for a Class 1 teacher initially).
  3. To take overall responsibility for the class, including:
    1. Supervising, managing and assessing the pupils;
    2. Liaising with colleagues and parents;
    3. Organising and supervising the class’s participation in trips, festivals and other activities;
    4. Record keeping, in accordance with statutory and school requirements;
    5. Management of the classroom environment;
    6. Participating in the admissions process for new pupils.
  4. To attend teacher and staff meetings as detailed below.
  5. To participate in providing cover for absent colleagues.
  6. To participate in providing break-time supervision.
  7. To support the school’s aims and ethos.
  8. To undertake appropriate preparation, study and training as necessary both for the effective delivery of the curriculum and to advance the school’s ethos, principles and objectives.
  9. Additional work contribution (beyond specific teaching related activities) will be requested to meet the general school carrying element of the contract; this will be negotiated according to individual strengths and interests.
  10. To be aware of the school’s policies and procedures and to support their implementation.


General Requirements

All staff are expected:

  1. To attend teacher and staff meetings as defined below.
  2. To participate in providing cover for absent colleagues, where appropriate.
  3. To participate in providing some break-time supervision.
  4. To support the school's ethos, principles and objectives and to comply with the school's policies and procedures (as per Terms and conditions).
  5. To undertake appropriate preparation, study and training as necessary both for the effective delivery of the curriculum and to advance the school’s work.





Person specification








Steiner teaching qualification or relevant work experience



Teaching subject qualification



Enhanced DBS disclosure will be required



First Aid training



Safeguarding training









Good knowledge of the Waldorf education



Ability to work with and enthuse students in the specified age range on a one to one basis



Excellent team-worker



Excellent communication skills



Excellent record keeping skills



Basic ICT skills including word processing and email



Ability to work with confidential information and maintain high levels of confidentiality



Awareness of health & safety requirements






Work Experience



Experience of teaching



Teaching in a Steiner school



Liaising with parents



Working in a team



Working with confidential information



Experience of training or managing staff









Caring manner



Ability to communicate effectively with pupils, parents and colleagues



Punctual and reliable



Desire to assist in the development of the learning support department



Desire to assist in the development of the school as a whole



Desire to continue to learn and develop as a teacher



Ability to work independently and efficiently



Ability to work collaboratively



Ability to shoulder responsibility



Interest in education and understanding of the aims and objectives of Waldorf education



Willingness to develop the ability to talk knowledgeably to parents about the education and the school




Meetings to Attend

  • Collegiate
  • Lower School Department meeting
  • Meetings during the first and last weeks of the summer holidays as well as other in-set days


Working hours and Remuneration

Location:                                 South Devon Steiner School, Hood Manor

Hours:                                      Monday – Friday Core Hours 8am – 3.30pm during 35 term time weeks.  To be ready to start your lessons at 8.20 am and to be available in school until the end of your lessons, Monday to Friday during term time (25 contact sessions x 35 weeks, on average per year, dependent upon timetabling and term dates) plus additional time which is required for preparation, assessment, report writing and other duties required to carry out your full involvement in the school

Contract:                                 Permanent

Salary:                                     £21,500 including holiday pay

Leave:                                      Due to the nature of the post, annual leave cannot be taken during term time and the salary therefore includes an element of holiday pay.


Probationary period:               2 terms

Pension:                                   NEST

Staff benefits:                          Employee Assistance Programme

Staff bursary policy


The teacher appointed may be offered the opportunity to participate with other colleagues in teacher administration responsibilities at the “whole school” level, in addition to their responsibilities for their class.


If the teacher appointed has, or intends to have, children at the school, they will be asked to agree a level of financial contribution in relation to the children in accordance with the staff bursaries policy, which is available upon request to those invited to interview.


Essential Application Information

Safeguarding is our highest priority.

South Devon Steiner School is committed to safeguarding children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Candidates must be suitable to work with children and any offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks, including receipt of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check and police checks from countries resided in for a period of 3 months or more since the age of 18.


If you would like your children to attend the school during your employment you may be able to benefit from the staff bursary policy. Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss availability of places at your earliest convenience.

For any specific questions about the position or working at the school please contact the school’s HR office on 01803 897377 or

Further information about our school can be found on our website