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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.

The... read more »

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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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By Nathalie Bufton, Head of Independent Living Skills at NCW

Blog published 19th November 2017 | Category: Supporting VI Students

At the start of the year, the NCW Independent Living Skills Department has a skills focus week, where students are individually set a challenge to try to master a skill that has previously evaded them.

A recurring skill deficit which crops up every year is that tricky task of tying shoelaces. Without exception, this is a challenge for any child because it demands fine motor skills. Nowadays, young people can get by for many years without learning this task because there is such a wide range of shoes available with alternative fastenings. Most teaching resorts to the traditional the ‘Bunny’ technique (round the tree and into the hole) but at NCW we have developed a different technique which is easier to manage and understand for a chi... read more »

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