ART Teaching Modules

If you are interested in improving your teaching skills, then one of our modules will be right for you.

The modules start with a one-day course, however an integral part of the success of these modules is the after-course support which allows teachers to put into practice what they have learned. Mentoring and online learning form the backbone of the skills development period in which theory is translated into practice.

The module ends with an observed teaching lesson; only after this can a ringing teacher becomes an ART Member.

Module 1 – Bell Handling

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.

After your Module 1 course

It's really important to start teaching as soon as possible after the day course; it's amazing how quickly things can be forgotten and confidence lost if the techniques learnt aren't put into practice very soon afterwards.

Module 2 – Moving on from Rounds

This Module shows new and experienced teachers how to support their students and develop the necessary foundation skills for good ringing and then move forward to ringing changes.

You will learn through a mixture of practical and classroom sessions:

  • Foundation skills
  • Call Changes
  • Kaleidoscope ringing
  • Standing behind
  • Plain Hunting

The practical exercises approach learning in small structured steps and are delivered in a way that is entertaining for the new ringer whilst the theory sessions cover foundation skills, teaching theory, running practices, team building and how to motivate and retain your ringers. There are two variations of Module 2 [2F and 2C] and the expectation is that teachers complete either one or the other.

Module 2F – From Rounds to Plain Hunt

Module 2F practical sessions have a greater focus on the foundation skills – how to teach call changes, an exploration of kaleidoscope ringing, and different ways to introduce covering and Plain Hunt. Theory sessions include the development of coaching skills.

Module 2C – From Rounds to Methods

The foundation skill techniques taught in Module 2F are covered in the practical sessions, and then move on to concentrate on the development of change ringing skills using exercises and unusual methods to aid learning.

The transition from Plain Hunt to Plain Bob Doubles and Plain Bob Minor is broken down into several simpler, shorter steps, making the jump into change ringing both more gradual and understandable to the new ringer. The theory sessions turn the spotlight on developing leadership skills.

After your Module 2 course

Practising the skills you've learnt is important in order to consolidate them. If the opportunity isn't there at your local practice, then organise some stand-alone practices or work with other teachers in local groups. You'll be surprised at how popular you become!

What do people say?

The structure of the ART Training Scheme helps motivate both teachers and learners. A lapsed ringer who recently returned was very impressed by the changes in teaching and by Learning the Ropes.”

Lavinia Sullivan, Wargrave

It certainly reminded me of things I was not actually doing and should be. I got lots of tips about what to do to stimulate interest and get ringers to progress incrementally with little bits of fun. The practical sessions were excellent.”

Brian Baldwin, Woughton

The resources that ART have in place have REALLY helped me. Hooray, here comes Module 2!”

Jane Mellor, Wokingham

The attendees were still buzzing the next morning and the air of excitement percolated through to our students and other ringers, even the sceptics. We are itching to get started, but patience is a virtue. "

Lyril Rawlins, St John’s Bromsgrove

I learnt more in my first lesson on Saturday than in the last 15 years of on and off ringing."

A returning ringer at the Birmingham School of Bellringing

We hope to have the Newnham bells ready for the Armistice Ring-out in November. It's over 20 years since we had a band so we’ll be starting from scratch. The teacher accreditation, insurance and DBS checks that ART provides are key to achieving our goal."

Andy Vivian, Newnham

Want to attend a day course?

If you think one of these modules is right for you, you can book a place online. All upcoming courses are shown on the SmART Ringer website and you can book a place online or request one in your area if none are nearby. Day courses are priced at £20 which covers direct course costs including an extensive course pack.

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The small print. All the Modules are open to teachers aged 14 or over. We only ask that you have sufficiently good bell control to be able to inspire confidence in others and an ability to comfortably ring up and down in peal to attend Module 1. Module 2F requires that you can ring at least Plain Hunt. For Module 2C we require that you have rung a quarter peal inside at Plain Bob Minor standard or above, recorded on Bellboard.