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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

MATTS offers a special opportunity for professional development each week, where teachers of all levels of experience can meet and work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. 

Classes are on Thursdays, 9.00 am to 1.00 pm during term time. All teachers are welcome to come without notice and to arrive and depart at the time of their choosing. This class (and all MATTS classes) are free to teachers.

Our Thursday Classes are an opportunity to:

  • Exchange work

  • Receive turns from senior teachers

  • Take part in hands-on groups with senior teachers

  • Attend talks and tutorials relevant to professional development such as building a practice, teaching groups, educational techniques, reflective practice and ethics and the STAT codes of practice.

  • Participate in special events, such as visits by notable teachers (see below)

Our classes are friendly and welcoming. Visitors can expect lots of 'turns' (if they would like them) and opportunities to refine their skills, as well as a lovely tea!

The Thursday Classes are an important A.T. resource in the wider region, with many teachers travelling long distances to attend.

Small group discussion at MATTS
John Nicholls visit, Feb 2022, table wor

In addition to our own teachers, we also host "special events" at which notable teachers visit us from elsewhere and lead our class for the morning. Visitors in the last year include Anne Battye, John Nicholls, John Hunter and Dorothea Magonet.

This summer term (2024) we we will be visited by several very senior teachers, including John Nicholls, who will be with us for a week. We also have short talks planned on 'the ethics of teaching'. More information and dates can be found on the 'News' page (log-in required, it only takes a minute to sign up).

Working with our students

Because all of our classes are part of our training course for teachers, visiting teachers are encouraged (but definitely not required) to spend some of their time giving turns to trainee teachers and visiting students. The proportion of each visit devoted to working with students is entirely at each teacher's own discretion. However, we do ask that regular visitors take some care to see that their work is evenly distributed (over time) amongst the students so that no one feels left out. Keeping a written list is one possible way to approach this.

Copy of John Nicholls visit Feb 2022, te

More information about CPD

Continuing Professional Development Mind Map

"STAT requires a minimum of 20 hours of CPD activities per year (many members will regularly undertake significantly more than this) and if you joined STAT on or after July 2017 you are now required to keep an annual CPD record."

Source: STAT CPD Guidelines

"Professional Development for Teachers of the Alexander Technique is based on the recognition that a single course of training is not enough by itself to maintain high standards of practice throughout one’s career. STAT teaching members therefore need to engage in continuing professional development so as to broaden their understanding and application of the Alexander Technique, to develop their skills and to stay abreast with developments germane to their professional practice. This development is part of the Technique."  Source: STAT 2021

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