The Manchester A.T. Training School (MATTS) will be re-opening on 29th April 2020.
The course will offer a STAT approved three year professional training made up of 1600 class hours over four hours/day, four days/week, 35 weeks/year, together with some home study. Graduates will be certified by STAT and will be eligible to join the Society as teaching members.
Although STAT does not encourage part time training because of the many advantages of a more intensive course, it is also possible to train over a period longer than three years.
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.
Until the course re-opens, there are two classes available each week (see lower down on this page), and we recommend that potential trainees attend these classes as frequently as possible.
Further information about the Manchester training course (MATTS)
We will continue the long-established MATTS tradition of providing a first class traditional training as a teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Please note that some of the information on the MATTS website is now out of date. We will be updating the site and publishing a student prospectus shortly. However, as a guide to the most likely format (please allow for some changes!):
The course will be located in Wilmslow.
The course will run from 9 am to 1 pm on four days/week (Wednesday to Saturday), 35 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.
Term Dates: These will be confirmed by the end of this year, but will most likely be:
Summer Term 2020 29 April – 26 July 2020 (Half-Term 10–13 June)
Autumn Term 2020 10 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.
Classes for trainee and potential trainee teachers
The 'Wednesday Class' (preparation for training for potential trainees)
Anyone who may be considering training as a teacher is encouraged to visit the Wednesday Class. This class is intended principally as preparation for training for potential trainee teachers. In the class a group of about 8 - 10 students work intensively with experienced teachers.
The Wednesday Classes have the same daily schedule as a traditional training course for teachers, and prospective students are able to get a sense of what it will be like to train as a teacher of the Alexander Technique at MATTS.
The 'Thursday Class' (for teachers, post-graduate teachers, potential trainees and enthusiastic students)
Anyone who may be considering training as a teacher is also encouraged to visit the 'Thursday Class'. With an average of about 20 participants each week, here you will be able to meet the MATTS teachers, many of the students who intend to join the course when it re-opens and trainees from other courses who visit our classes.
Jenny's Classes (for teachers and trainee teachers)
Jenny Fox Eades teaches adult education classes in Macclesfield and South Manchester and welcomes teachers and trainee teachers as teachers and/or as assistants or students (@ £10/class) as appropriate.
Jenny has more than 30 years' experience (5 with the A.T.) teaching groups and a PhD in Well-being in Education. She also has professional qualifications in group skills and dynamics. As well as modelling the skills that make teaching in general, and group teaching in particular, a joy and a success, Jenny explains to visiting teachers and trainee teachers the group processes and dynamics behind these skills and provides safe opportunities for them to practice the skills for themselves in a supportive environment.