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By Nathalie Bufton, Head of Independent Living Skills at NCW

Blog published 25th January 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students

I am a self-confessed “foodie” and I really enjoy my food, eating out and trying new products. Many of our learners at NCW do not know how to make their favourite food and rely on a convenience form. Where I believe there is always a time and place for a takeaway or a shop bought item - sometimes it does not hit the spot or meet requirements of taste, satisfaction or nutrition. During enhancement sessions with the sixth form, we are giving the learners the opportunity to plan, buy and make their favourite foods. This has been quite an experience for us all.

This Christmas I chanced across a Delia Smith recipe for Colonial Curry and it transformed my leftover turkey, taking me nostalgically back to my childhood where the limited ... read more »


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By Will Stark, Head of Science

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

A common practical when studying plant biology is investigating factors affecting the rate of photosynthesis. Plants produce oxygen which is invisible and odourless, so the practical is usually carried out with water plants; the bubbles of oxygen produced are observed. The practical is usually carried out with a common pond weed, and sighted students are instructed to count tiny bubbles - the faster the rate of bubble production, the faster the rate of photosynthesis.

This presents a problem for students with VI since the bubbles are often too small to see and therefore counting them and gathering valid results is not possible. A typical arrangement is shown below:

Photosynthesis practical set up

An alternative method... read more »


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By Steve Share, Senior Transcription Officer

Blog published 26th September 2016 | Category: New College Worcester

So, how was it for you?

School summer holidays for the NCW transcription department is not how some might think, not for us lying on the beach topping up the sun tan! My word no.

In fact with the school resembling the Marie Celeste it's a great time to produce work for the coming academic year. Without any of the usual interruptions of the hectic school day, the tranquillity of the school with footsteps echoing along the corridor becomes a first class working environment. The main worry is that you might run out of milk for one of your six cups of tea and then you must go and buy another pint yourself!

With the recent curriculum changes, school wide, there is plenty of need for an atmosphere conducive to work. We know only too well... read more »


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By Will Stark, Head of Science

Blog published 4th August 2016 | Category: New College Worcester

To support their understanding of the heart and circulatory system, Year 9 have carried out heart dissections over the last term. We started off using diagrams with 3D models to identify features and explain how the heart works, then we used the real hearts to see how these features appeared in reality. The real hearts proved much better for identifying the fat on the heart, and also the position and structure of the blood vessels. This proves the importance of using real objects to aid understanding rather than relying on plastic models, no matter how detailed they are!

Heart Model Heart

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By Lucy Rix, Head of Drama at NCW

Blog published 24th July 2016 | Category: Supporting VI Students

NCW prepares to take part in the Shakespeare for Schools Festival

This year we celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare – and 150 years of NCW. What better opportunity to show off our performance talents as a College than by taking part in the nationwide Shakespeare for Schools Festival?

This festival is hugely prestigious, and involves over 1000 schools (mainstream and special) performing 30 minute adaptations of Shakespeare plays across 150 professional theatres.

As Head of Drama I am constantly amazed and delighted by the talents displayed by our students – earlier this academic year we wowed the college and local community with our production of Guys and Dolls and then I hit a stumbling block. H... read more »

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