What is the ART Training Scheme?

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.

The scheme concludes with a teaching lesson observed by an independent assessor; only after this can a teacher becomes an accredited Member of the Association of Ringing Teachers.

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.

Being an ART teacher

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.

What do the teachers say?

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!"

This will help us to develop in our locality a cadre of ringing instructors, receptive to external ideas and perfectly equipped to command the confidence of trainees and ringing colleagues."

I triumphantly tamed a wayward bell rope for the first time. And conquered some of those ‘what ifs’ that have previously prevented me from teaching. An essential first step towards being able to confidently put into practice all my newly learned teaching skills!"

I found the course enjoyable and un-threatening, with lots of opportunity to try out techniques on easy bells with friendly colleagues. There were lots of ideas for improving learners’ handling and to sort out bad habits that inevitably crop up."

I've been ringing for 48 years, what more do I need to know about teaching people to ring, I have seen it and done it, I have never been on a course, what use would that ever be? Not quite the mindset I was in thankfully. Was I surprised! The course was terrific - all very logical, well laid out, well planned and terrifically delivered. Loads of little nuggets and tips, everything straightforward with easy to understand notes and booklets. Can't wait to get going now.”

Interested in taking part?

The ART Training Scheme is available in two Modules: Module 1 covers the teaching of bell handling and there are two alternatives for Module 2, either the development of foundation skills from Rounds through to Plain Hunt (2F) or the development of foundation skills from Rounds right through to elementary change ringing (2C). 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.

» Find out more about each of the ART Modules