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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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By Nathalie Bufton, Head of Independent Living Skills at NCW

Blog published 12th December 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students

As with any household, occasionally our appliances at NCW stop working and we need to make an informed decision about what we will buy to replace them.

Recently our department vacuum cleaner had to be replaced. Cleaning is a skill we teach students at NCW in their journey to independence, and effective vacuum cleaning is one of those tasks that many people take for granted.

As a team, we decided that a cordless vacuum was a good idea for trip-free cleaning. We also considered noise sensitivity and knew we needed something light and manoeuvrable. After some research checking specifications and reviews we decided on a GTech AirRam, a high performance model which is quiet, cordless and effective on different floor surfaces. It is rep... read more »


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By Nicki Ross, Principal

Blog published 11th December 2017 | Category: New College Worcester

For many Friday night is sacrosanct, a literal and symbolic end to the working week - unless of course you work shifts as a nurse, care worker, hospital porter, policeman, doctor, etc and keep the local community working.

When I found myself volunteering for a trip to the local rugby club on a Friday night with a many of our young charges I wondered what I had let myself in for. The cold was biting, the bleak mid-winter had certainly descended and hard-hitting rugby is the wrong sport for me!

However, the experience had a positive and warming effect. The relationship between NCW and the Worcester Warriors is a warm and intimate one. Their kindness towards our school and, more importantly, our students is both gratifying and all-embra... read more »

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