New College Worcester
Blog published 16th October 2017 | Category: New College Worcester
Some of you may have caught our students talking eloquently and confidently about technology on the ‘In Touch’ programme a couple of weeks ago. They were interviewed about their use of technology as part of the opening of our Innovation Hub. This is a classroom which has been fully equipped with state of the art technology, designed to encourage staff and students alike to explore creative ways of using technology as a learning tool. We are grateful to Fujitsu and partners for sponsoring the Innovation Hub.
As well as the Innovation Hub, we have also welcomed three technology companies to NCW this term, to demonstrate what new products are on the market for VI learners. It has been wonderful to hear the calls of ‘are we really goi... read more »
Blog published 10th October 2017 | Category: New College Worcester
As part of their year 2 curriculum looking at Louis Braille and visual impairment I was invited to spend some time with the three classes of year 2 pupils at St James's Roman Catholic Primary School in Twickenham. I designed three sessions to give them an idea of how our students work, play and get about.
The first session started with an introduction to our College, what visual impairment really means and the pupils had an opportunity to think about all of their senses. We then focused on the Braille code. Some pupils picked up the grade 1 code very quickly and were working out coded messages I gave them whilst other tried out brailling the alphabet. Despite little fingers, they all had some Braille to take home and all of them enjoyed ... read more »
Blog published 19th September 2017 | Category: New College Worcester
Principal’s Blog - Autumn 2017
I am now in my third term as Principal at New College Worcester, and every single day brings with it fresh challenges, new successes and great excitement. As we enter a new academic year with a fresh faced Year 7 and other new starters around the College, it seems opportune to share some of my thoughts.
A main priority for this year is that all our students make progress in their learning and that we accurately measure that progress. Many of our wonderful students have had huge challenges to overcome before they reach NCW. Many have missed schooling due to ill health or fallen behind as they struggle to find a medium of work that is manageable. Each child is an individual and we a... read more »
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 »
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 »