If you are interested in (re)training as a holistic teacher it can be hard to find the right provision. Below we have listed courses which can lead to an alternative accreditation. Please note that courses and provision change all the time and that the list might not be accurate as a result. Should you wish to add any to the list, please get in touch!
If you are already a mainstream teacher with Qualified Teacher Status, you might not have to retrain in order to work in a holistic education setting. Although schools prefer to employ teachers who are trained in their practice and philosophy, some are more flexible with their requirements. It is always worth getting in touch with a holistic education community near you to enquire about their guidelines.
The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship offer extensive information about Steiner teacher training on their website. There are full- and part-time courses based at a range of schools. The Fellowship has published a leaflet on their location, which you can download here. Becoming a Steiner teacher normally takes between one to three years.
The Montessori Society UK advocates short-, part- and full time courses at the Maria Montessori Institute in London and Modern Montessori International offers similar programs. Becoming a Montessori teacher takes between two to six years.
Please note that none of these accreditations will lead to a (mainstream) Qualified Teacher Status in the UK, i.e. you will not be able to work as a teacher in state schools which run the National Curriculum. However, there are a few nationally accredited Level 4 courses, where your qualification might lead you beyond the alternative education community,
If you already have a degree, you might be interested in the Foundation Degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice at the London Metropolitan University with which you might be able to work in Early Year settings (depending on the school). The London Steiner Kindergarten Training Company also offers a CACHE Level 4 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies.
If you are more interested in the academic side of alternative education work and research, the Canterbury Christchurch Master course in Education (with Steiner Education studies) might be for you.