Farming Tutor | Biodynamic Association

Farming Tutor

Farm tenancy available near Newent, Gloucestershire.
12th July 2019
Horticulture Tutor
13th August 2019

Ruskin Mill Trust provides Specialist Independent Education to children and young adults with complex needs including learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions and disabilities. Our unique method of Practical Skills and Therapeutic Education helps learners overcome barriers to learning, become skilled and contribute to community

We are currently seeking a Farming Tutor for Ruskn Mill Sunfield
£20,029 – £29,990 per annum – 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year
Starting salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience

  • A comprehensive induction, extensive training and development plan which includes (but not limited to) safeguarding, CALM training, Prevent, autism, epilepsy, medication, MCA, DoLs and equality & diversity and Policy training
  • 33 – 38 days annual leave (including bank holidays).  Increases based on length of service
  • Free car parking facilities on site, free lunches
  • Free employee assistance programme with access to 24 hour website and counselling services
  • Ongoing internal development & training opportunities delivered by the internal training team

An exciting newly developed post has become available to help establish and run a farm based learning programme for children and young people with complex learning needs at Sunfield School and Children’s Home. The successful candidate’s daily work will be carried out entirely on Sunfield School Farm, a 52 acre (21ha) site in Clent, near Stourbridge, West Midlands. The farm is currently in conversion to biodynamics and is central to the re-envisioning of the school’s therapeutic educational offer (PSTE).

We are looking for a skilled, organised and motivated person, with experience of working in farming & livestock care. The candidate will also ideally have some experience of teaching and/or working with groups with differing needs.

The post holder will be expected to embrace, articulate and work with the Trust’s objectives, vision, values, purpose and method, ensuring that the Trust’s paradigm of biodynamic agriculture, Anthroposophical medicine and practical skills education, which is informed by Steiner Education, is maintained, implemented and integrated within the provision of the School.

The role offers a great opportunity to the right candidate:

  • a rural outdoor working farm setting with a wide diversity of colleagues;
  • helping to run the livestock and grassland aspect of the farm, including taking care of our cattle, goats, pigs and laying hens using organic/biodynamic methods;
  • developing innovative farm curriculum and delivering it to a wide diversity of learners;
  • The chance to work with the land team & teaching faculty to further develop the provision.

Closing date: Monday 9th September 2019

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.

For further information and to apply visit or contact the HR Team on 01562 882 253 (switchboard).

Alternatively please complete an application form (sorry no CV’s or Agencies) by “clicking” on the links below, which includes information on how to complete your application form.

  • Access the Sunfield Job Application Form here.
  • Access the Application Form Guidance here.
  • Access the Sunfield Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form here.
  • Access the Job Description here.
  • Access the Application Privacy Notice here.
  • Access the Steiner Education Study here.

This post is subject to satisfactory references, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for both Adults and Children, medical check, evidence of qualifications, plus verification of the right to work in the UK.

Sunfield Children’s Home is a registered charity (No. 527522) and an equal opportunities employer. Sunfield is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.