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By Will Stark, Head of Science

Blog published 9th January 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students

A common practical when studying plant biology is investigating factors affecting the rate of photosynthesis. Plants produce oxygen which is invisible and odourless, so the practical is usually carried out with water plants; the bubbles of oxygen produced are observed. The practical is usually carried out with a common pond weed, and sighted students are instructed to count tiny bubbles - the faster the rate of bubble production, the faster the rate of photosynthesis.

This presents a problem for students with VI since the bubbles are often too small to see and therefore counting them and gathering valid results is not possible. A typical arrangement is shown below:

Photosynthesis practical set up

An alternative method... read more »


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By Lucy Rix, Head of Drama at NCW

Blog published 24th July 2016 | Category: Supporting VI Students

NCW prepares to take part in the Shakespeare for Schools Festival

This year we celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare – and 150 years of NCW. What better opportunity to show off our performance talents as a College than by taking part in the nationwide Shakespeare for Schools Festival?

This festival is hugely prestigious, and involves over 1000 schools (mainstream and special) performing 30 minute adaptations of Shakespeare plays across 150 professional theatres.

As Head of Drama I am constantly amazed and delighted by the talents displayed by our students – earlier this academic year we wowed the college and local community with our production of Guys and Dolls and then I hit a stumbling block. H... read more »


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By David Hinds, Head of English at NCW

Blog published 7th July 2016 | Category: Supporting VI Students


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By Karen Holyoak, Head of Health & Social Care

Blog published 23rd June 2016 | Category: Supporting VI Students

NCW is committed to providing students with opportunities to stretch and challenge themselves academically and intellectually. The extended research project is designed to do just that. Students can do a project on anything they want from writing a musical or dramatic piece to a scientific experiment, making a film or sports coaching. The challenge is to plan, research, implement and evaluate their project. In addition to learning new skills that will help them at university and in employment, the students can gain UCAS points that will contribute to an offer they might get from a university.

Students recently went to Birmingham City University to find out more about academic research and how to start their EPQ.

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By Richard Roberts, Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Blog published 13th June 2016 | Category: Supporting VI Students

At NCW we try to find the best ways of supporting our learners who are studying Modern Foreign Languages, and being familiar with some of the features of accessibility software such as JAWS can save students time and effort, and make learning a more enjoyable endeavour.

Do you have a JAWS user who is studying French who needs an electronic French/English dictionary? Have a look here at how to use JAWS with an online dictionary.

Step 1: Log onto http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-french/

Step 2: From the home page with JAWS loaded,... read more »

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