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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 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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By Nicki Ross, Principal

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 »


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By Rosie Barter, Head of Religious Education and ASDAN

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 »

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