Teaching Course - Module 1 - Staplehurst, 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 will be provided with tea/coffee/biscuit refreshments morning and afternoon and a donation towards the venue will be requested on the day.  Delegates may bring a packed lunch, make their own arrangements for lunch at the nearby pub or cafe or pre-order a lunch served in the church. Please note, the lunch break is limited to one hour, so if visiting The Kings Head, it may be worth pre-ordering meals so that they can be served promptly.

On the course registration form, delegates are able to request a pre-booked lunch served in the church (soup and sandwiches) at £5 payable on the day, or can decline this and choose to make their own arrangements. All delegates should bring a further £5 cash on the day to cover refreshments and local tower donation.


This course is now open for general bookings.

Event Details

Event Start Sat 09-Dec-2023 09:15
Event End Sat 09-Dec-2023 17:00
Registration Closes
Fri 24-Nov-2023 12:00
Capacity 12
Registered 12
Available places 0
Waiting List 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 All Saints, Staplehurst, Kent

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David Sparling


David learned to ring at St Michael's Kirby-le-Soken at the age of 10. He was introduced to handbell ringing during his university studies at Imperial College by the late, great, Roger Bailey and also given the opportunity to ring on 10 and 12 bells as part of the University of London band. After university, 12 bell ringing continued under the guidance of George Pipe at Ipswich. David served as Tower Captain at Kirby-le-Soken from 1985-1997. He is a past Master and a Life-Vice-President of the Essex Association of Change Ringers and has been a regular tutor on the annual Essex Course since its foundation in 1991. In addition, he has run a number of District and Association Training events over the years.  David was appointed as an ART Tutor in April 2019 and is also a member of the ART Management Committee.

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