Chilcompton in Somereset (Frome Branch) will be hosting a module 1 course on the 27th November, 2018.
Tutored by Pip Penney, this is the first module of the ART Training sheme and focusses on teaching bell handling from scratch, starting with the bell down. The course is suitable for both experienced and new teachers alike, and will be a mixture of theory presentations and practical work in the tower.
Because the emphasis is on breaking down bell handling into small, manageable steps, it enables the teacher to make sure that the new ringer does not develop any unhelpful handling habits before moving on to handling independently and ringing with others.
Following the day course, delegates are encouraged to go away and put everything they have learned into practice by teaching someone to ring using the Learning the Ropes scheme. Whilst teaching the new ringer, the teacher can keep a record of their lesson plans and reviews in a teacher log book so that they can evaluate their own teaching and use this towards their accreditation with ART. Once the booklet is complete, a teacher can request a visit from an ART assessor to come along and observe them teaching, and following a positive visit, they would be eligible for accreditation and associate membership of ART.
Delegates will also be given access to the teachers’ area of SmART Ringer where they can download resources for teaching in the tower, take an interactive quiz to help consolidate the course material, review the day course PowerPoints at any time, register their ringers on Learning the Ropes and request certificates as they progress through the scheme.
Chilcompton tower has a ring of 12 bells, rung from the ground floor. There is easy car parking next to the Church and there are toilet facilities (including a disabled access toilet).
Hot drinks will be available during the day, delegates are encouraged to bring a packed lunch, or they can eat at the Holy Cow cafe next door to the Church (pre-booking a table may be adviseable).
Course fees are £20 payable to ART (plus any local contribution for refreshments) and anyone wishing to enquire about attending the course can fill out the online booking form here