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By Nathalie Bufton, Head of Independent Living Skills at NCW

Blog published 18th May 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students

Here at NCW we offer all students an extended core curriculum timetable. This means that assistive technology, Braille, emotional and social support, ILS and mobility are timetabled lessons for students. At NCW we value the importance of developing these skills - they underpin the educational package the college offers. Staff support the students’ individual needs and work on ensuring that each student learns how to use their functional vision, perfects technics with low vision aids and uses a range of tools to access lessons.Specialist staff help guide and develop personalised strategies and lessons which apply and expand student skills within a safe, supported environment. It is crucial that the students want to practise these skills an... read more »


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By Jeanette Normanton Erry, Head of Outreach at NCW

Blog published 10th May 2017 | Category: New College Worcester

Outreach Courses for most of the year are aimed at staff involved in supporting students with a visual impairment. At the beginning of our Easter holiday, NCW academic and care staff are involved with supporting some students with their preparations for their GCSE exams.

This year eleven students came to NCW for sessions aimed at helping them prepare for English, Mathematics and Science exams, as well as spending some time on improving their study skills. They were joined in the English sessions, and for the social activities, by the NCW Y11 students who were involved in their own revision lessons.

The three days provided an opportunity for our specialist QTVIs to work with students to complete experiments in Science and explore issues... read more »


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By Victoria Ward, Assistant Principal Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Blog published 3rd May 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students

One of the things that I am really passionate about is that we should equip our students with the skills they need to become independent learners. We are fortunate at NCW to have many very talented musicians who, with the help of our fantastic team of visiting instrumental teachers, have the opportunity to become very accomplished – particularly if they put in the required hours of practice along the way. Aptitude alone is never enough when learning an instrument. Lots of hard work is also necessary to become really good – whether visually impaired or fully sighted.

Music Braille Collage

For most sighted musicians the reading of musical notation is introduced at an early stage and so the relationship between sound and... read more »


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By Stuart Snowdon, Head of Geography at New College Worcester

Blog published 9th March 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students

Carbon Credit Game

At the end of some topics I ask the students to come up with ideas for a board game that will show their understanding of the topic. This is a different way for them to show their understanding rather than doing a test. The lesson before, the students come up with some ideas for the game and these ideas are pooled before agreeing on a final design.

The idea of this particular game was to move around the island by throwing a dice, moving squares and gaining and losing carbon credits. Everyone started with 100 carbon credits and then depending upon the square they land on they lose or gain credits.

Some of the squares have letters on them: T for transport, B for buildings, E for energy... read more »


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By Nicola Currie, Head of Art

Blog published 2nd March 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students

One of the challenges for partially sighted students studying art at GCSE, AS and A level, is the high priority examination boards give to drawing.

In the Art Department at NCW we work to find ways for students to access drawing. One of the methods which works well for some students is to focus on what is known as negative space - the space around the main object – minding the gaps - rather than the object itself.

Picture of deer white out of black

Some students can see the black area around the deer above more easily as the student copy drawing shows. Luke in Year 12, who studies both AS Art and AS computing, is also experimenting with using a virtual grid to create a vector drawing by keying in a Pyx digital draw... read more »

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