Teaching Course - Module 1 - St Mary the Virgin, Burghill, Herefordshire

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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 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. There will be hot drinks available (local donation).

This course is now open for general bookings.


Event Details

Event Start Sat 31-Aug-2024 09:00
Event End Sat 31-Aug-2024 17:00
Registration Closes
Fri 16-Aug-2024 12:00
Capacity 10
Registered 9
Available places 1
Event Fee £25 per attendee + £5 local donation for tower and refreshments.
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 Mary the Virgin, Burghill, Herefordshire

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Frank Seabright

Course Tutor

Frank lives in Herefordshire and rings at his home tower, Bosbury, as well as ringing and teaching in the surrounding towers where most of the teachers are ART accredited or working towards it. Frank has been involved with ART from the beginning - being part of the management team for a number of years and as a Tutor from the early days.

Paul Lewis


Like many ringers of a certain age, Paul was a teenage starter - part of a completely novice band brought together in 1977 at Pontesbury in mid-Shropshire, and there he stayed (not making much progress) until a move to the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth. Paul initially didn't ring at the single available tower in the locality (Llanbadarn Fawr) for fear that the student band would be too 'high-powered'! However, he eventually plucked up courage and needn't have been worried. This was really the start of his ringing commitment which has accompanied life ever since and a return back to Shropshire over 30 years ago. Paul’s home tower is Edgmond, in the Shropshire Association territory, but he still retains links to the Hereford DG through ringing regularly at Much Wenlock. He is a committed member of the Welsh Colleges' Society and is proud to be a member of the Cumberlands too. Paul had a period of eleven years as the Hereford DG's Education Officer and places ringing training, teaching and education in his list of ringing priorities alongside local ringing commitments. Residential ringing courses have been a mainstay of Paul’s ringing life and he has enjoyed student, helper and tutor roles at the Keele, Whirlow and Hereford Ringing Courses over many years. As a university senior lecturer, education, teaching and training are uppermost too in his professional work life – he has a passion about learning development, knowledge transfer and student engagement and is keen to bring these skills to ringing progression through ART and its work.

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