Teacher quits after Ringwood independent school pupils self-harm during art class

Daily Echo: INVESTIGATION: The independent Ringwood Waldorf School. INVESTIGATION: The independent Ringwood Waldorf School.

A TEACHER resigned from an independent Hampshire school after pupils cut themselves with blades as part of a history of art lesson.

The incident took place under the part-time teacher’s guidance at Ringwood Waldorf School.

She was suspended and later quit while school bosses investigated the incident.

Yesterday school administrator Nigel Revill said: “We can confirm an incident took place during an art history lesson on March 19 during which a part-time teacher, subsequently suspended pending a full investigation, acted independently without our knowledge.

“The teacher concerned resigned during the disciplinary process before a disciplinary hearing could take place.

“The teacher is no longer employed by the school and we have no plans to reinstate her.”

The school, which charges between £3,610 and £7,500 a year, insists the incident was isolated and that it is no longer under investigation.

Mr Revill said the incident should not detract from “the excellent quality of daily teaching in a supportive, nurturing educational environment for 240 students.”

Ringwood Waldorf School, based on the principles of philosopher Rudolf Steiner, is privately run and takes pupils aged three to 16.

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The teacher was reported to the School Inspection Service (SIS), which monitors independent schools, and Dorset County Council’s safeguarding team.

Mr Revill said both organisations confirmed to the school it had acted correctly in the steps taken to address the issue.

He added: “This gives us comfort that, despite the unfortunate fact that an incident took place, our internal procedures and safeguarding processes are working accurately.

“Meanwhile, we take on board the observation from the local authority and SIS that we should have informed them at the earliest available opportunity.”

Steiner schools use alternative education methods and encourage an artistic element in all lessons.

The Ringwood school’s website states: “This education recognises childhood as a journey that needs to leave time for the unfolding of the three soul forces – thinking, feeling and willing – in the maturing child.”

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11:00am Mon 5 Aug 13

business-guru says...

you would have to have a screw loose to send you kids to a steiner school n the first place, so its no suprise the kids are also a bit wobbly...
you would have to have a screw loose to send you kids to a steiner school n the first place, so its no suprise the kids are also a bit wobbly... business-guru

12:42pm Mon 5 Aug 13

ToastyTea says...

How is it the teachers fault if this kid self harms. The kid should be expelled and sent somewhere to help them with their problems they clearly have. For other children having to witness that it must have been quite upsetting.
How is it the teachers fault if this kid self harms. The kid should be expelled and sent somewhere to help them with their problems they clearly have. For other children having to witness that it must have been quite upsetting. ToastyTea

1:05pm Mon 5 Aug 13

spotburst says...

ToastyTea wrote:
How is it the teachers fault if this kid self harms. The kid should be expelled and sent somewhere to help them with their problems they clearly have. For other children having to witness that it must have been quite upsetting.
"pupils cut themselves with blades AS PART OF A HISTORY OF ART LESSON"
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: How is it the teachers fault if this kid self harms. The kid should be expelled and sent somewhere to help them with their problems they clearly have. For other children having to witness that it must have been quite upsetting.[/p][/quote]"pupils cut themselves with blades AS PART OF A HISTORY OF ART LESSON" spotburst

1:30pm Mon 5 Aug 13

ToastyTea says...

spotburst wrote:
ToastyTea wrote: How is it the teachers fault if this kid self harms. The kid should be expelled and sent somewhere to help them with their problems they clearly have. For other children having to witness that it must have been quite upsetting.
"pupils cut themselves with blades AS PART OF A HISTORY OF ART LESSON"
Sorry my mistake I misread
[quote][p][bold]spotburst[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: How is it the teachers fault if this kid self harms. The kid should be expelled and sent somewhere to help them with their problems they clearly have. For other children having to witness that it must have been quite upsetting.[/p][/quote]"pupils cut themselves with blades AS PART OF A HISTORY OF ART LESSON"[/p][/quote]Sorry my mistake I misread ToastyTea

3:52pm Mon 5 Aug 13

bigfella777 says...

ToastyTea wrote:
How is it the teachers fault if this kid self harms. The kid should be expelled and sent somewhere to help them with their problems they clearly have. For other children having to witness that it must have been quite upsetting.
You are such a plank, do you even read the stories or just comment first.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: How is it the teachers fault if this kid self harms. The kid should be expelled and sent somewhere to help them with their problems they clearly have. For other children having to witness that it must have been quite upsetting.[/p][/quote]You are such a plank, do you even read the stories or just comment first. bigfella777

5:26pm Mon 5 Aug 13

getUNreal says...

Never mind school,have you ever been to prision?
Never mind school,have you ever been to prision? getUNreal

5:33pm Mon 5 Aug 13

Jayne388 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
ToastyTea wrote:
How is it the teachers fault if this kid self harms. The kid should be expelled and sent somewhere to help them with their problems they clearly have. For other children having to witness that it must have been quite upsetting.
You are such a plank, do you even read the stories or just comment first.
What are we talking about ?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: How is it the teachers fault if this kid self harms. The kid should be expelled and sent somewhere to help them with their problems they clearly have. For other children having to witness that it must have been quite upsetting.[/p][/quote]You are such a plank, do you even read the stories or just comment first.[/p][/quote]What are we talking about ? Jayne388

6:37pm Mon 5 Aug 13

Jayne388 says...

My knowledge of performance art doesn't go much beyond The Velvet Underground (Lou Reed, John Cale, Mo Tucker, Nico), their association with Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Envitable, and the experimenting with "happenings" as an art form.

Apparently, a development from that, during the 70's, was looking at self harm as an artistic event. Somebody called Chris Burden had himself nailed to a car as a creative statement, and in another performance, shot in the arm.

At a guess, I would say this art teacher was misguidedly attempting to explain these art forms (which are documented in art history books), using a practical, hands-on approach.

I liked Pop Art, Warhol, the Velvets long before I understood what was really going on there with the drug abuse and sexual perversions. The knowledge and understanding of art history at secondary level does not require that level of investigation. But with the internet, children are able to find out so much more by themselves, and are bound to ask questions.

This teacher was so, so wrong. I've been retired for a few years now, but I'd bet more than I could afford to lose that no legitimate art curriculum suggests self harm, in the form of a practical lesson, to increase awareness and understanding of performance art.
My knowledge of performance art doesn't go much beyond The Velvet Underground (Lou Reed, John Cale, Mo Tucker, Nico), their association with Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Envitable, and the experimenting with "happenings" as an art form. Apparently, a development from that, during the 70's, was looking at self harm as an artistic event. Somebody called Chris Burden had himself nailed to a car as a creative statement, and in another performance, shot in the arm. At a guess, I would say this art teacher was misguidedly attempting to explain these art forms (which are documented in art history books), using a practical, hands-on approach. I liked Pop Art, Warhol, the Velvets long before I understood what was really going on there with the drug abuse and sexual perversions. The knowledge and understanding of art history at secondary level does not require that level of investigation. But with the internet, children are able to find out so much more by themselves, and are bound to ask questions. This teacher was so, so wrong. I've been retired for a few years now, but I'd bet more than I could afford to lose that no legitimate art curriculum suggests self harm, in the form of a practical lesson, to increase awareness and understanding of performance art. Jayne388

6:51pm Mon 5 Aug 13

uptheirons says...

Teachers causing self harm? Teachers found hiding under teenagers beds? Teachers abducting underage girls? I'd say the Pre employment criminal records checks on teachers need to be stiffened up a bit!
Teachers causing self harm? Teachers found hiding under teenagers beds? Teachers abducting underage girls? I'd say the Pre employment criminal records checks on teachers need to be stiffened up a bit! uptheirons

8:27pm Mon 5 Aug 13

House Sparrow says...

uptheirons wrote:
Teachers causing self harm? Teachers found hiding under teenagers beds? Teachers abducting underage girls? I'd say the Pre employment criminal records checks on teachers need to be stiffened up a bit!
A criminal records check will only show up exactly that - a criminal record. It can never give information about a person's character.
[quote][p][bold]uptheirons[/bold] wrote: Teachers causing self harm? Teachers found hiding under teenagers beds? Teachers abducting underage girls? I'd say the Pre employment criminal records checks on teachers need to be stiffened up a bit![/p][/quote]A criminal records check will only show up exactly that - a criminal record. It can never give information about a person's character. House Sparrow

12:15pm Sun 1 Sep 13

Jazzkitty says...

I am a student at the Steiner school and I was in the very class that supposedly ``self harmed.`` Reading this article and all the comments has made me so angry. It wasn`t some kind of sick messed up thing that we were all forced or felt that we had to do as some kind of sick art statement. The art teacher did not force us or even suggest that we should cut ourselves. I wouldn`t call it self harming i would compare it to a biology lesson in which we **** our finger with a pin to look at our bloodcells in a microscope. Before the incident our art teacher was telling us about the history of cave art, and what they used for paint. natural plant pigments blood and mud and stuff. It was the pupils idea, (I admit it was pretty stupid) to use our own blood to add to our art pièces. It wasn`t a big deal, but you would of had to be there to realize that. Our art teacher was a brilliant teacher and it just really was not at all like it sounds in the news. I just felt i had to say this because it really is upsetting to see all the horrible comments about how our school is a bad school and that we`re all messed up and should get help.
I am a student at the Steiner school and I was in the very class that supposedly ``self harmed.`` Reading this article and all the comments has made me so angry. It wasn`t some kind of sick messed up thing that we were all forced or felt that we had to do as some kind of sick art statement. The art teacher did not force us or even suggest that we should cut ourselves. I wouldn`t call it self harming i would compare it to a biology lesson in which we **** our finger with a pin to look at our bloodcells in a microscope. Before the incident our art teacher was telling us about the history of cave art, and what they used for paint. natural plant pigments blood and mud and stuff. It was the pupils idea, (I admit it was pretty stupid) to use our own blood to add to our art pièces. It wasn`t a big deal, but you would of had to be there to realize that. Our art teacher was a brilliant teacher and it just really was not at all like it sounds in the news. I just felt i had to say this because it really is upsetting to see all the horrible comments about how our school is a bad school and that we`re all messed up and should get help. Jazzkitty

12:27pm Sun 1 Sep 13

lanette says...

Jazzkitty wrote:
I am a student at the Steiner school and I was in the very class that supposedly ``self harmed.`` Reading this article and all the comments has made me so angry. It wasn`t some kind of sick messed up thing that we were all forced or felt that we had to do as some kind of sick art statement. The art teacher did not force us or even suggest that we should cut ourselves. I wouldn`t call it self harming i would compare it to a biology lesson in which we **** our finger with a pin to look at our bloodcells in a microscope. Before the incident our art teacher was telling us about the history of cave art, and what they used for paint. natural plant pigments blood and mud and stuff. It was the pupils idea, (I admit it was pretty stupid) to use our own blood to add to our art pièces. It wasn`t a big deal, but you would of had to be there to realize that. Our art teacher was a brilliant teacher and it just really was not at all like it sounds in the news. I just felt i had to say this because it really is upsetting to see all the horrible comments about how our school is a bad school and that we`re all messed up and should get help.
i agree with you. people always change the stories!
[quote][p][bold]Jazzkitty[/bold] wrote: I am a student at the Steiner school and I was in the very class that supposedly ``self harmed.`` Reading this article and all the comments has made me so angry. It wasn`t some kind of sick messed up thing that we were all forced or felt that we had to do as some kind of sick art statement. The art teacher did not force us or even suggest that we should cut ourselves. I wouldn`t call it self harming i would compare it to a biology lesson in which we **** our finger with a pin to look at our bloodcells in a microscope. Before the incident our art teacher was telling us about the history of cave art, and what they used for paint. natural plant pigments blood and mud and stuff. It was the pupils idea, (I admit it was pretty stupid) to use our own blood to add to our art pièces. It wasn`t a big deal, but you would of had to be there to realize that. Our art teacher was a brilliant teacher and it just really was not at all like it sounds in the news. I just felt i had to say this because it really is upsetting to see all the horrible comments about how our school is a bad school and that we`re all messed up and should get help.[/p][/quote]i agree with you. people always change the stories! lanette

12:27pm Sun 1 Sep 13

lanette says...

Jazzkitty wrote:
I am a student at the Steiner school and I was in the very class that supposedly ``self harmed.`` Reading this article and all the comments has made me so angry. It wasn`t some kind of sick messed up thing that we were all forced or felt that we had to do as some kind of sick art statement. The art teacher did not force us or even suggest that we should cut ourselves. I wouldn`t call it self harming i would compare it to a biology lesson in which we **** our finger with a pin to look at our bloodcells in a microscope. Before the incident our art teacher was telling us about the history of cave art, and what they used for paint. natural plant pigments blood and mud and stuff. It was the pupils idea, (I admit it was pretty stupid) to use our own blood to add to our art pièces. It wasn`t a big deal, but you would of had to be there to realize that. Our art teacher was a brilliant teacher and it just really was not at all like it sounds in the news. I just felt i had to say this because it really is upsetting to see all the horrible comments about how our school is a bad school and that we`re all messed up and should get help.
i agree with you. people always change the stories!
[quote][p][bold]Jazzkitty[/bold] wrote: I am a student at the Steiner school and I was in the very class that supposedly ``self harmed.`` Reading this article and all the comments has made me so angry. It wasn`t some kind of sick messed up thing that we were all forced or felt that we had to do as some kind of sick art statement. The art teacher did not force us or even suggest that we should cut ourselves. I wouldn`t call it self harming i would compare it to a biology lesson in which we **** our finger with a pin to look at our bloodcells in a microscope. Before the incident our art teacher was telling us about the history of cave art, and what they used for paint. natural plant pigments blood and mud and stuff. It was the pupils idea, (I admit it was pretty stupid) to use our own blood to add to our art pièces. It wasn`t a big deal, but you would of had to be there to realize that. Our art teacher was a brilliant teacher and it just really was not at all like it sounds in the news. I just felt i had to say this because it really is upsetting to see all the horrible comments about how our school is a bad school and that we`re all messed up and should get help.[/p][/quote]i agree with you. people always change the stories! lanette

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