English Teacher

Vacancy Ref : 40019


Closing Date: 03/05/2021

Pay & Contract
£21,500.00 to £26,000.00 Salary
Contract Type: Permanent/Full Time

South Devon Steiner School

South Devon Steiner School is located on the A384 between Dartington and the A38.  The school stands in beautiful grounds, including a biodynamic garden, providing a rich and natural environment for the whole community.  It is a lively school with an active community. There are around 200 pupils at the school, starting with our Kindergartens through to our Upper School, including our College: Class 11 and Class 12.


Our School

Our school is well established and offers a full range of subjects.  We are a team of dynamic and committed teachers who work together to support all the students in our Lower, Middle and Upper school. 

We offer a full and balanced Steiner curriculum, which includes English and Math GCSEs as well as the New Zealand Certificate of Steiner Education (NZCSE) to students in Classes 10, 11 and 12. Our qualification meets international standards and supports students with their ‘next steps’, including entry into University. 


Job description

The primary focus of this post is to teach English to the Middle and Upper School classes (classes 6 – 12). This is ideally a full time position, but the school would consider a part-time candidate.


Main responsibilities of the post:

  1. To teach English in an interesting and dynamic way to all pupils with all ability ranges from class 6 to 12.
  2. To teach English to classes 9 to 12 according to the Steiner curriculum and to assess the students according to the Certificate of Steiner Education (NZCSE) from classes 10, 11 and 12.
  3. To teach GCSE English to classes 9 & 10 (a 2 year programme).
  4. To prepare for and deliver NZCSE LOs, tests and assessments including all associated planning, marking and administration of LOs
  5. To assist with internal moderation processes and prepare student work for external moderation.
  6. To take overall responsibility for the classes including:
    1. Supervising, managing and assessing the pupils in their English ability.
    2. Liaising with colleagues and parents.
    3. Record keeping and report writing in accordance with statutory and school requirements
  7. To undertake appropriate preparation, study and training as necessary both for the effective delivery of the lessons/curriculum and to advance the school's ethos and objectives
  8. To work towards further developing the English curriculum within the Middle and Upper School in accordance with the Waldorf curriculum and leading to the Certificate of Steiner Education (NZCSE).      
  9. To maintain a clean and welcoming teaching space
  10. To attend weekly staff meetings, termly parents' evenings and annual student interviews.
  11. To support the school's ethos, principles and objectives
  12. To be aware of the school's policies and procedures and to support their implementation



Person specification











Steiner teaching qualification or relevant work experience


Teaching experience


English qualification to degree level minimum


Teaching qualification


Enhanced DBS disclosure will be required


First Aid training


Safeguarding training








Good knowledge of the Waldorf curriculum up to Class 12


Have the ability to teach to level 3 (Class 12) in English


Ability to inform and enthuse mixed ability students in the specified age range


Ability to teach varied learning differences within one class


Excellent team-worker


Excellent organisational skills, planning, meeting deadlines


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



Teaching 12 -19 year olds


Teaching in a Steiner school


Liaising with parents


Working in a team


Working with confidential information








Punctual and reliable, presentable


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



Desire to assist in the development of the English curriculum


Desire to continue to learn and develop as a teacher


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 prospective parents about the education and the school








  • Attendance at termly parent meetings.
  • attendance at weekly school meeting
  • Other meetings by arrangement


Working hours and remuneration:

Location:                        South Devon Steiner School, Hood Manor

Hours:                            According to the timetable.  To be in school all teaching sessions plus additional time which is required for preparation, assessment 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.

Pension:                          NEST auto enrolment pension scheme

Probationary period:         2 terms


Essential application information

The 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 will be expected to undertake an advanced DBS disclosure.

Candidates must have the right to work in the United Kingdom.  Candidates from abroad will be asked to provide “criminal records clearance” from countries of residence outside of the UK, as well as evidence of eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

If you would like your children to attend the school during your employment you will need to go through the same application and fee paying process as if you were a parent of the school. Please contact Kaycee Fordham to discuss availability of places at your earliest convenience. 

Applications for the post must be made through the recruitment section, available on our website.