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Alexander in Education Professional Development Course

Primary School, Secondary School and Tertiary Levels

A course taking place over two weekends, followed by the opportunity for on-site training


.The aim of this course is to equip you with the necessary skills to go into schools and colleges to teach a specific, standard Alexander Technique curriculum. This would be a strong starting point for any school or college and for your longer-term association with them.

The course is devised and taught by Sue Merry MSTAT and Judith Kleinman MSTAT, AGSM, Both Judith and Sue have extensive experience of teaching the Alexander Technique in education. 

Sue has been finding unique ways of working with primary school children since 1994 and is a founder member of Educare Small School where the Alexander Technique is integrated into the school day. 

Judith teaches at the Royal College of Music and The Junior Academy of Music. She co-ordinates the STAT Education Special Interest group and is working and collaborating on taking Alexander work into secondary schools.

Weekend One: 

Introducing the Alexander Technique into a School Environment

This workshop introduces the work already being undertaken in education and also looks at the history of the Alexander Technique in Education.Specific focus will be given to the work currently underway at Educare Small School, Secondary Schools and the Royal College of Music.

The weekend will explore the following:
  • A standard curriculum to offer to schools that might be interested in working with the Alexander Technique. This curriculum will be different for Primary Schools and Schools at Secondary Level and beyond.
  • We will begin to teach you some of the skills that you will need to implement these curricula. In this workshop we will specifically focus on:

  1. What you might include in a preliminary inset day for teachers. For example, helping them to make connections between looking at their own use and understanding the importance of good use for everyone in the classroom.
  2. Exploring how the proposed Alexander Technique curriculum will interface with and complement a school’s curriculum plus the National Curriculum. 
  3. How to structure an initial session with a class of primary children.
  4. How to structure an initial session with a class of secondary children/young adults.
  5. Tips for managing groups of children and young adults.
  6. Hands-on work with children and young adults.

Weekend Two: 

Developing Alexander Technique Work in a School Environment

This weekend will explore in detail how to teach specific procedures that any school can integrate into the school day.  

On this second weekend Judith will:
  • Look carefully at ways to introduce Body Mapping in a digestible and relevant way to teenagers. 
  • Further explore the relevance of our work on thinking, impulse control, attitude and approach to life for younger people. 
  • Discuss and experiment with how our teaching can include movement to avoid getting to static and how we can keep the principles alive within in movement that is accessible to younger students.
  • Looking at how young people can engage with technology phones and computers in a healthy and constructive way.
  • Further look at ways how to help teenagers make the work their own.
Sue will continue to work through the proposed curriculum for Primary Schools. In particular she will be teaching:
  • Educare Movement Circle. This is how every day begins at Educare. We will deconstruct Movement Circle, focusing on each of the key movements in turn and discussing and experimenting with ideas for the ‘middle section’.
  • Educare Quiet Time. Every day the whole school stops for a short period of relaxation and focus. We will look at and experience every element of Quiet Time. Plus we will discuss and experiment with your ideas.
·         Games to explore AT principles.
  • Working at a desk/table in the classroom. We will especially focus on the use of writing/drawing implements.

  • Revising the work done in weekend one with the opportunity for questions and clarifications.

Dates: February 24th and 25th 2018

Cost: £110 per person

On-Site Training 
After the completion of both weekends you will be offered the chance to experience AT work either at Educare Small School or at the Royal College of Music. This will be organised to suit the availability of trainees and of Sue and Judith.

Tel: (+44) 07 5050 108 91

Dates and Prices:

Weekend One: Introducing the Alexander Technique into a School Environment

Suitable for: All interested Alexander Teachers and 9th term students – previous experience of working with children and young adults is not required.

November 11th and November 12th 2017
Day One: 10.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs
Day Two: 10.00 hrs to 16.30 hrs
There will be a one hour lunch break each day.

£110 per person

Educare Small School ,
12 Cowleaze Road,
Kingston Upon Thames,
Surrey KT2 6DZ 

Booking and Questions:

Tel: (+44) 07 5050 108 91

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