**Update April 2020** These classes have moved online for this term. Please contact me for more information.
Thursdays, 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. in Wilmslow, Cheshire
These special classes run on about 40 weeks each year as part of the Manchester AT Teacher Training School (MATTS) and offer:
A friendly and supportive environment for teachers
CPD hours for new teachers (including the option to attend as a post-graduate student)
A traditional training environment for trainee teachers
Experience and preparation for those considering training as a teacher in the future
An opportunity for advanced study for enthusiastic students
Regular teachers include Peter Bloch, Malcolm Williamson (the Director of MATTS 2001-2017), Liz Hulse, Pauline Lang, Jane Osgood, Gillian Thorndyke, Jane Evans, Gillian Pierce, Sue Fleming, Jenny Fox Eades, Annalisa Faenza, Sue Fergusson, Karen McCarthy, Rhiannon Jones, Charlotte Woods, Su Harrison, Andrea Hughes - and many more. And most weeks we are visited by other teachers from this area and from further afield.
The class runs on about 40 weeks each year (see dates below) and we usually number around 20, more than half of whom are qualified teachers. Teachers and students are welcome to attend as and when they wish, without notice. Students new to our classes are requested to check with me before their first visit.
The MATTS professional training course for teachers will be reopening on 29th April 2020. However, we will be continuing the Thursday class mostly in its current form by integrating it into the structure of the training course.
There is an additional class on a Wednesday morning for potential trainee teachers. As with the Thursday classes, all qualified teachers, post-graduate teachers, visiting trainee teachers and potential trainee teachers are always welcome to attend.
The Wednesday Classes happen in the same weeks as the Thursday Classes.
Spring term 2020: 9 January 2020 - 2 April (half term 20th February).
The Thursday classes will continue from 30th April 2020 as part of The Manchester Alexander Technique Training School (MATTS).
Summer Term 2020: 30 April – 24 July 2020 (half term 11 June)
Autumn Term 2020: 11 Sept – 3 Dec 2020 (half term 22 October) **These dates may change**
Class Fees: Each class is £50 for postgraduate students and trainee A.T. teachers and pupils. There is a suggested contribution of £5 for A.T. teachers.
Travel: There is a main line railway station in Wilmslow (ten minute walk) with many local trains, four or more trains an hour from Manchester Piccadilly (15/20 mins) and one train an hour from London Euston (1 hour 45 mins).
Car sharing may be available, please ask.
Parking: With careful parking, there is room for 6 cars down the side of the house and in the driveway. You can park for free on Chapel Lane if you’re lucky enough to find a space or, more likely, on and off the Knutsford Road (3 minute walk). The car park outside Sainsbury’s (3 minute walk) costs £3.10 for up to 4 hours, and you can recover half of that if you shop in Sainsbury’s. The section of the car park directly behind the shop, nearest to the 'Coach and Four' pub, is for longer-term parking and costs £3.90 for 4-6 hours, but is sometimes full.
Mailing List: Please contact me to request addition to the mailing list for regular updates about the classes.
Teacher and Student Resources
Marjory Barlow Lecture: "The Teaching of FM Alexander"
Article for teachers: "Towards a Practical Philosophy for Building a Successful Alexander Technique Practice"
Monkey Checklist by Malcolm Williamson
"Hands on back of chair" as demonstrated by an Afghan puppy!
Walter Carrington: "On Categorising the Alexander Technique"
Jenny's classes - group teaching skills for teachers and trainee teachers