Accreditation is for teachers who wish to be recognised for the quality of their teaching using ART good practice techniques and following ART guidelines. It is not just a badge of honour. It recognises all teachers who strive to continually review and develop their teaching in line with ART good practice. It is open to anyone who runs a teaching programme and wants to develop their teaching skills using ART techniques. You don't have to be a brilliant ringer to become accredited but you do have to be a good teacher. 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.
The Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) is the delivery and accreditation body for the ART Training Scheme and Learning the Ropes.
Start teaching as soon as you can after your day course; it's amazing how quickly things can be forgotten and confidence lost if the techniques you've learnt aren't put into practice very soon after the course. Teachers and mentors are encouraged to work together in clusters, to share the teaching of ringers and learn from and support each other.
Work with your mentor developing your practical and leadership skills, referring to and completing your Teacher Training Logbook as you go. In order to complete a module and be accredited, you must:
At this stage you will be invited to become an ART Member by the ART Administrator.
Mentoring takes time, self-knowledge and good communication skills. A teacher will be look to you to:
Immediately after the course you need to ensure that your teacher starts teaching as soon as they can. You should be building a rapport with your teacher; taking the lead role in building a relationship. Teacher and mentor should work together developing practical and leadership skills until the teacher is capable of working independently. Teaching alongside each other is often the best way of mentoring.
Mentors become an accredited member of ART when their teacher completes a module. However, if your teacher does not complete a module you can still gain accreditation as a teacher in your own right by joining the teaching pathway.
So why accredit?
People often ask why they should accredit. They really enjoyed the day course and learnt some new techniques that they're going to take away with them. So what's the point, after all it sounds a bit bureaucratic doesn't it?
The answer is that without practice, feedback and reinforcement, basic human nature kicks in and people revert back to their old ways of doing things. That's what we're telling our new ringers - practise until it is in your muscle memory and practise it right. That's what we as teachers need to do to - practise until it becomes second-nature and practise it right. That's what the ART Training Scheme does for you - it has processes and support to help you change your behaviours.
How many excellent work place courses have you been on or New Year's resolutions have you made, that you've not followed through long term? That's why accreditation is important. It helps us keep those resolutions.
You will be invited by the ART Administrator to become a Member of ART after completing one or both of the ART Training Scheme Modules. Full membership is available to all those who have been accredited at Module 1 and either Module 2F or 2C; Associate membership to those who have been accredited at just one Module. Associate Members have all the benefits of full membership but do not have voting rights. Annual membership is just £5 which is less than 10p per week. Membership of ART offers a range of benefits including:
So why become a member?
There are the member benefits which include appearing on our members' directory (so that potential new ringers can contact you in the knowledge that you are an accredited teacher), our members' public liability insurance, ongoing access to the Learning the Ropes scheme to use with your ringers, online safeguarding training through Educare, and ART can help with your DBS application through the deal with have with Lloyd Education (they charge only £6 to issue a certificate for ART members.)
Most importantly by joining as an accredited member, you are contributing to ART through your £5 per year subs - the ongoing support from membership subscriptions is a big help in financing us now that ART is self-funding. ART is a membership organisation and as a member you also have the right to vote at the AGM.