Teaching Course - Module 1 - Otford, Kent

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About this course:

Suitable for those who already teach bell handling and want to update their skills AND for those who have never taught anyone to handle a bell, Module 1 provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to take a ringer from their first lesson to having competent bell control.

You will learn through a mixture of practical and classroom sessions:

  • How to teach a skill
  • How to break down bell handling into easy stages that the new ringer can master
  • About different learning types and how to adapt your teaching for them
  • The benefits of intensive teaching

The practical sessions will give you plenty of time to practise your new skills in a safe environment. Working in pairs you will also have opportunity to hone your observation skills and get feedback on your feedback.

 Delegates are advised to bring refreshments and a packed lunch on the day, or make their own arrangements for lunch at a pub or cafe. Please note, the lunch break is limited to one hour, so if visiting a busy pub, it may be worth pre-ordering meals so that they can be served promptly.


This course is in its early booking window and is protected by a PIN until the 22nd September to allow local ringers a priority booking period. After this date, if there are any places remaining they will be available for general booking.

Event Details

Event Start Sat 28-Oct-2023 09:00
Event End Sat 28-Oct-2023 17:00
Registration Closes
Fri 13-Oct-2023 12:00
Capacity 12
Registered 12
Available places 0
Event Fee £25 per attendee
Event Prerequisites You must be a bell-ringing teacher (or would-be teacher) aged 14 or over.
You must have sufficiently good bell control to be able to inspire confidence in others and an ability to comfortably raise and lower a bell.
We expect that you should easily be able to pass the Learning the Ropes Level 2 handling assessment. For more information, see bellringing.org/about-teaching/bell-handling/#GoodHandlingStyle
Location St Bartholomew's, Otford, Kent

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Nick Brett


Nick started ringing at the age of 8 in a small village in north Bedfordshire. When Nick was 10, a ringing family, Michael and Jill Orme and their son Phillip, moved to the village.  Michael decided to fundraise for new ring of six bells, and Nick was invited to learn to ring properly.

After university, his ringing career continued in Kempston,  Bedford.  He was Ringing Master for a while at Kempston and met his wife Lyndsey in a graveyard at a ringer’s picnic.  Two years later he moved to Leighton Buzzard, where Mark Regan was fundraising for a new ring of twelve after a fire in 1985 had destroyed the newly refurbished 10 bells.He lived in Leighton Buzzard for 35 years, He ran Linslade tower for some years and taught several young ringers in Bedfordshire Association’s bands for the National Youth Competition.

Now located in Rugby, all four members of Nick's family are ART teachers. 

Nick has also been an ART Assessor, and has now become an ART Tutor.

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