Head of training: Alan Philps
Telephone: 020 7727 7222
Previous individual lessons in the Alexander Technique. Meeting the Head of Training. A visit to the school is advised.
The course is very largely practical. Each student receives daily individual work from a variety of teachers. In the first four terms they receive a weekly individual lesson from one of the teachers and regular lessons from the Head of Training.
Students have regular sessions on voice and saddle work in addition to working in small groups, directed activities and hands-on work with teachers and other students. Other core content includes the reading and study of Alexander’s books plus basic anatomy and talks on historic and current scientific research and thinking.
The Constructive Teaching Centre’s teachers’ training course is a full-time, three-year course, running from 9.30am to 1.45pm, Monday to Thursday. The course follows the usual academic pattern of three terms per year. The course provides a teacher-student ratio of 1:3.
In the spring of 2012, the school moved to the new and modern development in Imperial Wharf in Fulham in SW London next to the river. The venue is purpose built for the training course as well as being home to Walter Carrington’s considerable archive and library on the Alexander Technique. It is also a venue for workshops and individual lessons.
In their final term, students have access to teaching practice in drama schools and can bring in people on whom to work under a teacher’s guidance if they wish. Graduates from the school are encouraged to continue to come in for two post-graduate terms to practice their teaching skills in school and gain confidence and experience from the school’s teachers. All graduates are welcome back to the school at any time they wish to exchange and receive work. The Head of Training also provides post graduate workshops every fifth Sunday, to which all are welcome.
We welcome visits from potential applicants. We will take people on a four day per week basis if work or family circumstances make this necessary. The Constructive Teaching Centre was founded by Walter Carrington in 1960 as a continuation of the course started by FM Alexander in 1931. In 2010 the Walter Carrington Educational Trust was founded (www.wcet.org.uk). One of its objectives is to continue the teachers’ training course. The Trust also gives bursaries to students who otherwise might not be able to fund their training.