Thursdays, 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. in Wilmslow, Cheshire
These classes are an informal continuation of the recently closed Manchester Alexander 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 (with the permission of their course director)
Experience and preparation for those considering training as a teacher in the future
An opportunity for advanced study for enthusiastic pupils
Regular teachers include Peter Bloch (main assistant at MATTS for 5 years from 2002), Malcolm Williamson (the Director of MATTS for 16 years, 2001-2017), Nigel Evans (the main assistant at MATTS for 10 years from 2007), Liz Hulse and Pauline Lang (regular teachers at MATTS for 13 years), Jane Osgood, Gillian Pierce, Sue Fleming, Annalisa Faenza - and many more. And most weeks we are visited by other senior 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 pupils are welcome to attend as and when they wish, without notice. Pupils new to these classes are requested to check with me before their first visit.
After some time, these classes may form the basis for a new professional training course for teachers.
The MATTS Special Celebratory Christmas Party on 14th December was a great success. After meeting in the morning for the class and to catch up with colleagues, 29 of us went for lunch in a sunny private room at Sarafina restaurant in Wilmslow. A lovely meal was followed by a great speech by Julia Woodman reviewing and celebrating 16 years of MATTS, the work of Malcolm Williamson as course director, the help of the other participating teachers, and the many remarkable achievements of the 34 (soon to be 35) graduates.
Summer term: 19 April to 26 July (half term 7 June)
Autumn term: 6 September to 13 December 2018 (half term 25 October)
Class Fees: Each class is £40 for postgraduate students and trainee A.T. teachers and £50 for pupils. There is a suggested contribution of £5 for A.T. teachers.
Travel & Parking: There is a main line railway station in Wilmslow (ten minute walk) with many local trains, and four or more trains an hour from Manchester Piccadilly. Car sharing may be available, please ask. With careful parking, there is room for 6 cars in the driveway. You can park for free on my road 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, 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. If you have already received an email about these classes, then you are on the mailing list.