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By Mr Brookes, Mathematics Teacher

Blog published 30th January 2019 | Category: Supporting VI Students

At NCW we are always looking for innovative ways to be leaders in visually impaired learning.

Here are a series of short tutorial videos showcasing different tools and techniques which can be used to assist VI students with Mathematics.

I have made them to share with colleagues, students and parents – I hope you find them useful!

Talking Scientific Calculator

We know that scientific calculators are used in classrooms all over the world and are an integral part of the Maths and Science curriculum. However, the popularity and usefulness of scientific calculators has posed a challenge for students who are visually impaired, since advanced models used in classrooms are not accessible.

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By Mrs Price, Head of Physical Education

Blog published 13th December 2018 | Category: New College Worcester

At New College Worcester, we are always looking for new activities to get involved in, so when we heard about Table Cricket we couldn’t wait to have a go!

For young people with a disability, Table Cricket presents many social and developmental benefits, and helps players improve valuable skills whilst having fun and competing in a team! The emphasis is on teamwork and sportsmanship in an informal and enjoyable environment.

Table Cricket was originally developed by Doug Williamson in 1990, through Project Adapted at Nottingham Trent University. The game is more commonly used for young people with Cerebal Palsey, but has since been adapted to widen the inclusiveness with the support of The Lord’s Taverners – ... read more »


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By Nicki Ross, Principal

Blog published 15th May 2018 | Category: New College Worcester

It’s that time of the year again - no, no, not the build-up to the summer holiday - I mean the exam season!

For our students at NCW, that means the opportunity to demonstrate all that has been learned and a chance to show off what they know. Of course this fills some with a sense of anxiety and fear. Others will enjoy the challenge ahead.

Of course other people are available to help in the lead up to the exams. Teachers that know the curriculum and criteria can offer up hints and tips that can help make a world of difference in the exams. They can help determine key or command words in the exam questions – so students can ask class teachers or other members of the department if they can help. Students can also help yourself…

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By Nathalie Bufton, Head of Independent Living Skills at NCW

Blog published 18th March 2018 | Category: New College Worcester

How can students who are blind or visually impaired present food for exams to a high standard?

We now enter our practical examination time; where many will be sitting the new GCSE specifications for the first time. There will be many teachers trying to gauge what marks equal what grade. My team suddenly become aware that the learners at NCW have to achieve so much more than their mainstream peers.

They have to be able to plate three recipe dishes and accompaniments in a manner that shows a high standard of presentation, accurate portion control and clearly identifies how the dishes form a meal. The food styling needs to show high quality finish with attention to detail on the aesthetics.

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By Jeanette Normanton Erry, Head of History

Blog published 21st January 2018 | Category: Supporting VI Students

NCW is currently involved in an Erasmus Plus project which is aimed at helping a mainstream school in Istanbul in Turkey to improve their provision for their students with a vision impairment who are aiming at university entrance. Also involved are the Special Theoretical High School IRIS from Timisoara in Romania. Mr Brookes, Mr Stark and I spent three days in Timisoara last week, linking up with the Turkish group, visiting lessons and sharing modifications we make for our students.

We were given traditional welcome by students in costume who asked us to take some bread and dip it in salt. We were able to visit a range of lessons, seeing their students working on Vectors with a Smart board as well as in Physics, Biology, PE, Music a... read more »

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