The ART Training Scheme offers training, support and motivation to ringing teachers.
New teachers quickly learn a range of techniques and skills that give them the confidence to teach and be successful, whilst experienced teachers refresh and build on their existing skills, and benefit from the resources and ideas which meet people's expectations of a hobby in the 21st century.
The scheme is based on best practice from the worlds of ringing, other
hobbies & education; supplemented with university research
findings into how best to coach practical skills.
The approach focuses on breaking down the process of bell ringing into its component parts, giving techniques and background for how to teach each part before adding the sections together to create the whole.
Most concepts are not revolutionary and experienced teachers are likely to have seen some of these learning techniques before. However when applied together with an understanding of skills development and coaching they provide a clear and structured process that all teachers can follow at their local practices.
The scheme is much more than a day course; it is the beginning of a learning journey. Teachers are paired up with another teacher or a mentor who provides guidance and advice throughout a period of skills development and consolidation supplemented by on-line resources for both teachers and their new ringers.
Accreditation can be achieved through one of two pathways; either as a teacher, or as a mentor. They have equal value and both lead to ART Membership.
Everyone on the scheme is first and foremost a teacher, whether they have had no previous teaching experience or they been teaching for many years.
Some teachers are asked to take on the additional responsibility and commitment of mentoring a less experienced teacher. Mentors provide guidance and support to teachers, complementing their knowledge of ART Training Scheme techniques with their wide experience of teaching and people.
Typically mentors have a large amount of teaching experience and are actively engaged in current teaching, possibly at multiple towers. The majority of our mentors have gained their experience by teaching using the ART Approach and are already ART Members.
The position of mentor is a responsible one and involves on-going commitment. A mentor is expected to work with their teacher to develop and extend their skills and techniques after the course. Mentors also have an important role to play in the assessment of teachers and the submission of data online via the SmART Ringer website.
"I didn’t tell the tutor beforehand, but there were some sceptics among them but I`m pleased to say they were duly impressed!"
"I had met
ringers with years more experience than myself and yet here we are
together, at the beginning of a new journey and challenge to guide and
advise the next generation of ringers. A challenge that I hope I can
live up to."
"From Twinkle Twinkle to the Flying Dutchman – a musical masterpiece or a Module 2C course with ART!"
The ART Training Scheme is available in three modules: the teaching of bell handling; the development of good foundation skills up to plain hunt; and the teaching of elementary change ringing. If you're interested in joining one of our schemes then have a look at the day courses in more detail, including their entry requirements; decide which is the right one for you and then apply.