Re: [edgehillringers] Fwd: [SMGlist] Birmingham School of Bell Ringing #1
- Exactly what Frank & I were saying at the ART Conference really....Graham
07974 743766Dear AllPlease see below a note from Simon Linford on what our neighbours in the St Martin's Guild are doing about ringing education and training.You may wonder about the reference to Carlsberg; that was a facilitated workshop which they held in April, the theme being:“Carlsberg doesn’t do ringing associations, but if it did, it would probably be the best ringing association in the World.How would a ringing organisation be structured and organised if one was started from scratch with no pre-conception of what one was like? How would you design a structure that maximised the chance of people who might be interested in ringing finding out about it, finding the right person to teach them well, and which would then guide their progress without hindrance to whatever level they wish or are able to reach? "Answers on a postcard please.CheersJohn07789 777507---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Simon Linford <simonhippo@...>
Date: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Subject: [SMGlist] Birmingham School of Bell Ringing #1
To: SMG List <members@...>This is the first of a series of emails I will send to this list over the next week to introduce and explain what we hope will revolutionise ringing training in Birmingham and the St Martin's Guild. The reason I am splitting this over a number of emails is because there is so much to say, there is a danger that no one will read to the end!
The idea is the principal product of the "Carlsberg" brainstorming day held a couple of months ago when about 20 members of the Guild and a few invited others thought about what the ideal ringing organisation would be. As might be expected, high quality and reliable training was a central theme.
Clare introduced the idea which is to adopt centralised teaching, where new recruits will be taken from handling through to change ringing, with teaching taking place concurrently, at four different towers covering four defined stages, and always on a Saturday morning. All the teaching will be in accordance with the "Learn the Ropes" programme and carried out by tutors who have followed the Integrated Teacher Training Scheme (ITTS). In order to make the training valued by participants, to professionalise the programme, and cover the costs associated with the School, there will be a £5 charge for every two-hour session (with concessions).
The Birmingham School of Bell Ringing is not meant to replace any training that is currently being done at towers, or to imply that that is inadequate. What it will do is provide an additional resource in support of more recruitment, training of ringers for bands which do not have anyone confident enough to teach, additional opportunities for existing ringers to acquire skills they cannot get in their own bands, and help to remove barriers to ringing progression which exist on the route from handling to change ringing.
The next email will explain more about how the programme will be run.
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