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By Will Stark, Head of Science

Blog published 4th August 2016 | Category: New College Worcester

To support their understanding of the heart and circulatory system, Year 9 have carried out heart dissections over the last term. We started off using diagrams with 3D models to identify features and explain how the heart works, then we used the real hearts to see how these features appeared in reality. The real hearts proved much better for identifying the fat on the heart, and also the position and structure of the blood vessels. This proves the importance of using real objects to aid understanding rather than relying on plastic models, no matter how detailed they are!

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By Steve Share, Senior Transcription Officer

Blog published 17th May 2016 | Category: New College Worcester

He’s got an “Ology” – well we’ve got a Transcription!

Many will remember Maureen Lipman’s iconic advert from the '80s as Beattie, extolling the virtues of her grandson’s qualification in Sociology. Well we feel the same about our Transcription Department.

Many mainstream schools have a Resources Department or Reprographics Department but here at NCW we have a Transcription Department. It’s very different. All our students (and some staff) have a visual impairment which may not be blindness but might simply be a difficulty in reading standard text. In a Penguin type published book the print size (font) will generally be around 11 or 12 point size. Even for our students with little visual impairment this is just too smal... read more »


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By By Lauren, A2 Student

Blog published 17th March 2016 | Category: New College Worcester

I’m Lauren, and I’m 18 years old. I’ve been in mainstream education for most of my life but I came to NCW to do my 6th form studies, as I knew these would be crucial for my future and I didn’t think that my previous school would be able to accommodate for my needs. One of the subjects I have studied here at NCW is business. I’ve always enjoyed business and found it very interesting; it’s also an area that I’ve noticed is mentioned in everyday life as there are often business articles on the news. For those who have studied GCSE business and enjoyed it, I believe that A Level business should be something to consider as it looks at the skills that have already been learned and builds upon them.

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By Will Stark, Head of Science

Blog published 1st December 2015 | Category: New College Worcester

When working in science with students who are visually impaired, we have to think of ways to make concepts which are often visual into a medium that is meaningful.

The Year 10 Additional Science Group have been learning about the Carbon Cycle by making tactile representations. First the concept was discussed in class as an introduction to the topic. Labels were prepared in large print and braille to use as memory prompts and to use as an integral part of their tactile work. The models were then constructed using plastic trays as the background and blu tack and wikki stix to make the elements.

An area in the top right marked out as a starting point, separating factors which add or remove carbon from the atmosphere.

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By Kieran Page – Former Head Boy

Blog published 14th September 2015 | Category: New College Worcester

When thinking about starting at NCW in 2012, a lot was going through my head, and I wasn't able to answer the questions in my mind until I got here. Well hopefully this blog will help someone looking at coming here in the next year or two.

Moving away from home for the first time is daunting, and there was a lot on my mind when I first arrived. This is something that every new student is going through, so don’t worry, getting to know everyone around you is a great way to settle in, especially as current students and staff are very helpful when it comes to finding your way around or making new friends.

If you are worried about making friends here then relax, you’re going to be living with the people that you will eventually call yo... read more »

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