The Developing Self is a section of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, STAT. The organisation offers Postgraduate Training in the UK and USA, for qualified Alexander teachers who want to work in schools and colleges. The organisation also actively promotes Alexander lessons in educational settings and a growing number of primary, secondary and tertiary colleges include the Alexander Technique in the curriculum.
The Little School
The Developing Self Movement found its inspiration from F M Alexander’s work with children. Alexander believed it was essential to help children avoid developing poor psychophysical habits and misuse. To this end he ran The Little School from 1924 until the Second World War. At this school, they applied the principles of the AT to all lessons and activities. Today, Educare Small School is run in a similar way and ensures that ‘principles of the Alexander Technique are woven seamlessly into each school day’.
Several useful handbooks on aspects of Alexander in Education have been written by members of the Developing Self team, particularly Judith Kleinman and Sue Merry.
The Developing Self website offers a number of resources, including some lively and informative videos of presentations at the 2019 Conference. If you are interested in Alexander in Education, the videos are a great way to begin exploring the topic.