If you wish to run an ART course or workshop in your area then we'd be delighted to work with you. Running a day course or workshop is a great way to invigorate ringing in the locality, helping you train and retain new ringers and build a strong teaching community.
ART has had plenty of practice at running courses and workshops and you will work closely with the ART Administrator and course tutor to make the day a success. As you know the local people and towers much better than us, we will be looking to you for guidance on matters relating to them.
You will be responsible for booking a suitable tower with easy-going bells. A simulator is required to run a Module 2 course, whilst tied bells are sufficient for Module 1. Workshop requirements are detailed in the Organiser's Action List. In addition you will need to book a warm and comfortable room for any theory sessions.
Check with the tutor or workshop leader about electronic requirements - screen, projector and wifi access - and make sure beforehand that they all work and fit comfortably in the room you've booked. You will need to make local arrangements for the provision of refreshments and lunch.
You don't have to get a full complement of attendees. If you have a small nucleus of people wanting to learn then that's enough. When the event is advertised on the ART website our experience is that teachers from further afield quickly fill up the remaining empty slots.
Before a course you will liaise with the tutor to make provisional teacher, mentor pairings. Teachers
need to be paired with mentors who are able and capable of dedicating time to working with and monitoring the progress of the teachers
they are allocated to.
In the ideal world you'll be sitting back and relaxing.
Back in the real world you will be:
Leave with the warm glow of success.
There are a couple of final logistical tasks to complete after the event. Follow-up the publicity, forwarding the event write-up and photos to ART for publication. You will also work with the tutor to finalise teacher, mentor pairings, using your local knowledge to help make sensible working relationships.
You should also be thinking about how to follow-up the course or workshop. ART believes that a course or workshop is only the start. What is important now is for delegates to have opportunities to practise their new-found knowledge and skills and to have people around them who can help and support their development.
As a local organiser you can play a key role in this vital skills development period.
Teachers should start teaching straight away to practise what they have learned and progress towards accreditation. Ideally new ringers (for Module 1) and practices (Module 2) should be in place before the course. You may wish to organise this as a group beforehand. However, there is time to organise this afterwards, building on the enthusiasm the course always generates.
If you have organised a workshop you should be looking to give delegates opportunities to practise and develop their skills. Whether this is looking for quarter peal opportunities for those who have been on the Conducting worskhop or simulator teach-ins for after the Simulator Awareness workshop, a bit of coordination and encouragement can do an awful lot of good.