It is now around 3 years since the Integrated Teacher Training Scheme was formed. Pip Penney and her working group, supported by ‘Tutors’ from established ringing courses and ringing centres, created a structure comprising two parts: ITTS Module 1 – Teaching Bell Handling, and ITTS Module 2 – Teaching Elementary Change Ringing.
Since then the Association of Ringing Teachers was formed to support the delivery, integrity, and standards in teaching, instruction and education of change ringing. Minor changes to the Teaching scheme have been made along the way, but the basic structure has remained the same.
We are now reviewing how the scheme works, and need your help in creating the next stage of its development. We feel that it is particularly important to help those bands which perhaps only ring rounds, call changes or basic methods. These bands (and teachers/captains in particular) often have little guidance and support, but would frequently welcome it. ART is not currently delivering teacher training appropriate to their current skills and needs.
In any activity there are a large numbers of participants at basic levels. However, the broader the base the more participants the activity has to draw on, from whom potential top-end performers will emerge.
These are what is known in other activities as “recreational participants” and are vitally important to the health of those activities. A great number of Sunday service ringers, who go to practice every week and ring for special occasions fall into this bracket. However ringing loses many ringers at this level.
The objective of reviewing Module 2 is to support the teaching standards in towers who ring at the basic levels. This includes raising the personal standard of ringers and also increasing the enjoyment factor and future aspiration of both teacher/captain and ringers. This is with the long-term aim of improving the retention of ringers.
The current Module 2 programme is designed to provide the Teacher with the ability to teach basic change ringing and skills to take a leadership role in their tower or area. Skills development in the Module is split over four stages:-
Within this content, a distinction can be drawn between the teaching of elementary change ringing and the skills of maintaining a strong band and running practice nights. We hope to be able to better deliver each of these aspects – with the potential for them to be delivered to different audiences as separate Day Courses.
We are looking to canvas the views of everyone in the Exercise – both those teaching and those learning from teachers. Today we invite you join our consultation on how we can support the future of change ringing teacher training.
Please participate in this consultation – we look forward to hearing your views!
The ART Management Committee