Information about the Manchester teacher training school (MATTS)
The course will offer a STAT approved three year professional training made up of 1600 class hours, together with some home study. Graduates will be certified by STAT and will be eligible to join the Society as teaching members.
Full time training usually takes three years. However, nowadays many students choose to train part-time and are free to choose from a wide range of options in their training schedule.
We will also be offering individually designed courses for people who have already had a foundation course of lessons and who would like to deepen their Alexander Technique skills in an intensive group setting.
We will continue the long-established MATTS tradition of providing a first class traditional training as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, exceeding the minimum STAT training course requirements in most parameters.
Please note that much of the information on the MATTS website is now out of date. We will be updating the site and publishing a student prospectus before September. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our plans.
The course will be located in Wilmslow and will run from 9 am to 1 pm (Wednesdays to Fridays) and 10 am - 12 pm on Saturdays on about 40 weeks/year.
The course fees will be £6,000 per year in three termly instalments. If fees are increased over the course of the three year training, this will be by no more than the lowest measure of the rate of inflation. Students who are unable to commit to a regular full-time training schedule will normally be asked to pay at the rate of £50/class.
**Update April 2020** - these dates will probably change, with our terms becoming longer (from 35 weeks to closer to 40 weeks/year) after lockdown to make up some lost time.**
Summer Term 2020 29 April – 26 July 2020 (Half-Term 10–13 June)
Autumn Term 2020 9 September – 5 December 2020 (Half-Term 21 October – 24 October)
Spring Term 2021 6 January – 1 April 2021 (Half-Term 17–20 February)
Summer Term 2021 28 April – 25 July 2021 (Half-Term 9 June – 12 June)
Autumn Term 2021 8 September – 4 December 2021 (Half-Term 20–23 October)
Regular teachers will include Peter Bloch (course director), Malcolm Williamson (director emeritus; Malcolm was the Director of MATTS from 2001-2017, as well as a past chair of STAT, past editor of the STAT newsletter, and has published many papers about the A.T. and related matters), Jane Osgood (assistant director; Jane has more than 25 years experience as an A.T. teacher in a wide range of roles), Liz Hulse (co-assistant director; Liz graduated from MATTS in 2004 and has worked consistently as a teacher trainer since that time), Pauline Lang, Gillian Thorndyke, Jane Evans, Gillian Pierce, Sue Fleming, David Hudson, Jenny Fox Eades, Annalisa Faenza, Sue Fergusson, Karen McCarthy, Charlotte Woods, Rhiannon Jones, Su Harrison, Andrea Hughes - and many more.
The STAT-appointed training course Moderator will be Dorothea Magonet.
**Update April 2020**
The Manchester A.T. Training School (MATTS) was due to re-open on 29th April 2020. Because of Covid-19 this has now been postponed, most likely until September 2020.
The Wednesday and Thursday classes have moved online to a Zoom platform for this term, covering theoretical aspects of the AT, and are open to previous regular attendees at our classes and all qualified teachers. Although the classes are not normally open to new students, if you are interested in training as a teacher, or if you think your experience as a student might qualify you to attend and you would like to do so, please contact me to discuss this. There is no charge for the classes.