New College Worcester Family Events & Professional Training Sept 18 to July 19

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New College Worcester Family Events & Professional Training Sept 18 to July 19

A national residential

School and College for

young people aged 11

to 19 who are blind or

visually impaired

Family Events and

Professional Training

September 2018 to July 2019

A selection of free and very low cost events

and courses for students with a visual

impairment, the professionals supporting

them and their families.

www.ncw.co.uk

01905 763933


About

New College Worcester (NCW) is a

national residential School and College

for young people aged 11 to 19 who are

blind or partially sighted.

NCW provides:

• Academic focus for students with a visual

impairment

• Expert subject teachers qualified to teach

the visually impaired and the resources

available to facilitate that teaching

• A ‘Waking Day’ curriculum – learning

doesn’t stop at the end of the school day

• An individualised approach for every student

• An ethos which puts students first

• A robust safeguarding environment

• Increased student employability through

academic achievement and social skills

• High aspirations for every person

• Outreach Service offering training and

advice to mainstream settings

The College prides itself on:

• Providing opportunity for the academically

gifted

• Maximising educational outcomes for all

visually impaired children

• Equipping each student with skills for life

that result in them being independent,

self-confident and productive


Learning at

Every student has an individually

tailored programme for academic

learning, independent living skills and

extracurricular activities.

Students have a wide range of academic

ability following the National Curriculum at

Key Stage 3, following onto GCSEs and AS/

A2 courses. The College offers some entry

level and vocational courses in key stage

4 and 5 and some Sixth formers follow

vocational programmes at a local college

supported by NCW staff. Students also have

Independent Living Skills (ILS), Information

and Communication Technology (ICT),

Mobility, Braille and PE lessons, and some

students follow ASDAN courses (personal,

social and communication skills).

The College accepts students with a wide

range of visual impairments and some

students have additional needs such as a

hearing impairment, Asperger’s Syndrome or

have limited mobility.

Funding

Places are usually funded by the

student’s Local Authority, although

self-funding students can also be

accepted if after assessment it is

deemed NCW can meet their needs.


Introduction

New College Worcester is a national

residential School and College for young

people aged 11 to 19 who are blind or

visually impaired.

Every student attending NCW has a tailored

programme, carefully planned and delivered to

meet their individual needs in three key areas -

academic achievement, independent living skills

and extracurricular activities. The opportunities

provided to students in these three areas of

provision play a crucial role in the development

of confidence and self-esteem and preparation

for life beyond our College.

All of our teachers are subject specialists and are

also Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired.

There is a wealth of experience and expertise

amongst our teaching and care staff. The

outreach events in this booklet offering training

and advice to mainstream settings allow our

staff the opportunity to share their skills for the

benefit of many more young people with a visual

impairment.

If you do not see an event here that suits

you, simply get in touch. We look forward to

welcoming you to the College.

Nic Ross Principal

@NewCollegeWorcester

@newcollworc

@ncw1866


Diary of Events 2018/19

Saturday 22nd September

Sixth Form Open Day........................................06

Wednesday 3rd October

Supporting Students with a Visual Impairment

(including preparing for exams)..........................07

Saturday 13th October

Family Day.........................................................08

Friday 9th November

Outreach Open Day...........................................09

Thursday 29th November

Preparing Tactile Diagrams................................10

Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th January

Year 5 Taster Weekend......................................11

Tuesday 22nd January

Outreach Open Day...........................................07

Wednesday 6th February

Professionals Welcome Day

(including monitoring visit opportunity)...............12

Wednesday 13th March

Inside Screen Readers.......................................13

Tuesday & Wednesday 9th & 10th April

Applying to University........................................14

Wednesday to Friday 10th – 12th April

GCSE Easter Revision Course...........................15

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May

Family Day.........................................................08

Saturday & Sunday 18th & 19th May

Year 5 Taster Weekend......................................09

Tuesday & Wednesday 11th & 12th June

Supporting Primary School Students.................16

Wednesday 19th June

Professionals Welcome Day

(including monitoring visit opportunity)...............12

Thursday 27th June

Outreach Open Day...........................................09

Friday 5th July

Success in Science...........................................17

Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th July

Summer Activity Break......................................18


Sixth Form Open Day

The Sixth Form Open Day is the opportunity to find

out all the benefits of attending NCW at Sixth Form.

You will learn about studying and living at NCW

and how students prepare for onward transition

into further or higher education, the workplace

and independence. You will be able to tour the

school and the residential side of the campus,

meet the Principal and other staff and be able to

chat to current students about life at NCW. You will

also find out about the courses available to study

– including GCSE re-takes, A Levels, BTEC and

Vocational Courses along with information about

NCW’s expanded core curriculum; Braille, Mobility,

Independent Living Skills, Assistive

Technology and the skills you can

learn to take you successfully on to

the next stage of life.

FREE

EVENT*

Who should

attend:

Young people with a visual

impairment who are looking at

options for Sixth Form study and their families

Date:

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Time:

10am – 1pm

How to book:

Book online at www.ncw.co.uk

or call 01905 763933

*

All meals and refreshments included

06


Introduction to

Supporting Students with

a Visual Impairment

(including preparing for exams)

This one-day workshop will be a practical

introduction to supporting students with a visual

impairment in mainstream classes. One of the

optional sessions in the afternoon will focus on

preparing students for external examinations; the

other sessions will be on living skills and Braille.

Topics will include:

• Understanding the impact of visual

impairment on learning

• Options for materials adaptation

• Effective strategies for working with

students and teachers

• Low vision aids

• Introduction to Braille

• Preparing students

for exams

ONLY

£80*

Who should attend:

Teachers and Teaching Assistants who have

recently started to work with a student with a

visual impairment in a mainstream school

Date:

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Time:

10am – 3.15pm

How to book:

Book online at www.ncw.co.uk

or call 01905 763933

*

Lunch and refreshments included

07


Family Day

Family Day is a fun day for any family who

has a child with a visual impairment. The day

offers a range of activities for all ages including

parents, grandparents and siblings! There is an

opportunity to look around the College and meet

students and teachers in a relaxed environment.

Examples of activities include:

• Craft workshops

• Independent Living Skills sessions

• Braille Music Workshop

• IT Advice

• Mini Petting Zoo

• Zorbing

• Inflatable fun

• Pony rides

FREE

EVENT*

Who should attend:

Any family with a child who has a visual impairment

Dates:

Saturday 13th October 2018

Monday 6th May 2019

Time:

10.30am – 3pm

How to book:

Book online at www.ncw.co.uk

or call 01905 763933

*

Lunch and refreshments included

08


Outreach Open Days

These informal days give a taste of how NCW

teaches students who are visually impaired.

There is the opportunity to meet subject

teachers as well as receive practical support

and advice on specific curriculum areas of your

choice such as Maths, PE, Music, Independent

Living Skills, Science and Braille.

ONLY

£80*

Who should attend:

Education professionals who

are supporting a student who

is visually impaired or parents of

a child with a visual impairment

Dates:

Friday 9th November 2018

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Thursday 27th June 2019

Time:

9.45am – 3.15pm

How to book:

Book online at www.ncw.co.uk

or call 01905 763933

*

Lunch and refreshments included

(free of charge for parents)

09


Preparing Tactile

Diagrams

This course will provide hints and tips on how to

produce tactile diagrams for Science, Maths and

Geography.

ONLY

£80*

Who should attend:

Education professionals who are supporting

students who are visually impaired or parents of a

child with a visual impairment

Date:

Thursday 29th November 2018

Time:

9.45am – 3.15pm

How to book:

Book online at www.ncw.co.uk

or call 01905 763933

*

Lunch and refreshments included

10


Year 5 Taster Weekends

Our Year 5 Taster Weekend is a weekend

of fun activities for young people who are

currently in Year 5 and are considering a

place at NCW when they move into Year 7.

The weekend gives an insight into life at NCW

and can help parents and students make

an informed decision about their secondary

school choice. Arrangements can be made for

parents to stay on site if required.

FREE

EVENT*

Who should attend:

The taster weekend is for young people currently in

Year 5 considering a place at NCW for Year 7

Dates:

Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th January 2019

Saturday & Sunday 18th & 19th May 2019

Time:

Arrive 11am on Saturday, depart 12 noon on Sunday

How to book:

Book online at www.ncw.co.uk

or call 01905 763933

*

All meals and overnight accommodation

are included

11


Professionals

Welcome Day

NCW staff and students open their doors to

professionals from support agencies, charities

and local authorities to take a closer look at what

NCW has to offer.

Includes:

• Meet the Principal

• Tour of the College

• Lesson Observation

• Lunch

• What the students say

• The NCW Offer

• Opportunity to

incorporate a

monitoring

visit

FREE

EVENT*

Who should attend:

Professionals working with or supporting young

people with a visual impairment

Date:

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Time:

10am – 3pm

How to book:

Book online at www.ncw.co.uk

or call 01905 763933

*

Lunch and refreshments included

12


Inside Screen Readers

A course for exploring a screen reader from

the inside. Screen reading technology is the

cornerstone of a blind person’s access to digital

information. Despite every reader on the market

coming with an instruction manual and very

in-depth help, the underlying concepts and

fine-level details are often overlooked, especially

for a sighted audience. The course will be

split into two sessions to cover computer and

mobile screen reading programs. You will learn

what a screen reader can and (perhaps more

importantly cannot) do, the necessity of good

keyboard and touch-screen

skills, and some of the tips and

tricks of the trade.

ONLY

£100*

Who should attend:

Parents/carers of children with a visual impairment,

Teachers or Teaching Assistants and anyone

wishing to understand how screen readers work at a

fundamental level

Date:

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Time:

10am – 3pm

How to book:

Book online at www.ncw.co.uk

or call 01905 763933

*

Lunch and refreshments included

13


Applying to University

A residential course from external speakers

and NCW staff to help young people who are

planning to apply to University in 2020.

Includes:

• How to choose the right University and course

• Using UCAS online

• Sources of help and support

• Student finance and DSA

• Independent living at University

• Session for Parents

Participants are to arrive at 4pm on Tuesday and the event

finishes at 4pm on Wednesday. The event also includes a

session for parents at 3pm on Wednesday 10th April.

ONLY

£25*

Moving on

Who should attend:

Students with a visual impairment applying for

University for 2020

Dates:

Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th April 2019

Time:

Arrive 4pm on Tuesday 9th and depart 4pm on

Wednesday 10th April

How to book:

Book online at www.ncw.co.uk

or call 01905 763933

*

Includes one night’s accommodation

and meals

14


GCSE Easter Revision

Course

This residential course supports students who

are blind or visually impaired who are in Years

10 and 11 with preparations for GCSEs. Study

sessions focus on Maths, English and Science

and on study skills and exam technique. Evening

activities are provided so that the students have

the opportunity to socialise, relax and have

some fun too! Participants will arrive at 4pm on

Wednesday and depart at 1pm on Friday.

Students will stay in residential accommodation

in the College houses (may be shared

bedrooms).

Includes:

• UEB Maths

• Practical Science

• Tactile Diagrams

• Study Skills and

Exam Technique

ONLY

£50*

Who should attend:

Any student in Year 10 or 11 who is visually impaired

and working towards their GCSEs

Date:

Wednesday 10th – Friday 12th April 2019

Time:

Arrive 4pm on Wednesday 10th and depart 1pm on

Friday 12th April

How to book:

Book online at www.ncw.co.uk

or call 01905 763933

*

All meals and accommodation included

15


Supporting Primary

School Students

NCW Staff and visiting speaker Dr Chris

Stonehouse, the VI Resource Base leader and

QTVI at World’s End Infant and Nursery School

in Birmingham, focus on the needs of primary

school students with a visual impairment.

Choose one or two days, with overnight

accommodation provided if booking both days.

Topics will include pre-Braille and Literacy, PE,

Numeracy and Mathematics, Independent Living

Skills, ICT and Science. There will also be an

opportunity to take a tour of the campus.

ONLY

£80* PER

DAY

Who should attend:

Teachers and Teaching Assistants working with a

primary school aged child, or parents of a visually

impaired child at primary school

Dates:

Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th June 2019

Time:

9.45am – 3.30pm

How to book:

Book online at www.ncw.co.uk

or call 01905 763933

*

£150 for two days. Free overnight

accommodation if booking

2 days (subject to availability)

16


Success in Science

The day will involve carrying out practical

work using modified resources, as well as

work with tactile diagrams and graphs. One

of the aims of the day is to show how Science

can be accessed by students with VI, so that

they are not disadvantaged in any way. It will

be a chance for Year 8 and 9 students and

supporting adults to see how Science can be

delivered to meet

their needs.

ONLY

£80*

Moving on

Who should attend:

Students in Years 8 and 9 who are visually impaired,

their teachers and support staff and parents

Dates:

Friday 5th July 2019

Time:

10am – 3pm

How to book:

Book online at www.ncw.co.uk

or call 01905 763933

*

All meals and accommodation included

17


Summer Activity Break

A fun residential break for 11 – 16 year olds to

take part in a range of activities and sports using

the facilities and grounds at NCW.

Three days and two nights of fun will include:

Football, swimming, cooking, cricket, Boccia,

multi gym sessions, Goalball, tandem riding,

archery and arts and crafts. Evening activities

will include fun in the Youth Club, an Open Mic

Night, a quiz, BBQ and disco.

Accommodation will be on site in the Student Houses and

could be shared rooms.

Accommodation for parents can be organised in our bed &

breakfast accommodation at an extra cost and subject to

availability.

ONLY

£75*

Who should attend:

Young people who are blind or visually impaired aged

11-16 years

Dates:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 23rd - 25th July 2019

Time:

10am – 5pm

How to book:

In partnership with

Book online at www.ncw.co.uk

or call 01905 763933

*

Per

Person. Includes

two night’s accommodation

and meals

18


Summary of Events

For Students and Families

For Students and Families

Sixth Form Open Day

Family Days

Year 5 Taster Weekends

Sixth Form Open Day

GCSE Easter Revision Course

Applying to University

Summer Activity Break

For Professionals

Introduction to Supporting Students with a

Visual Impairment

Preparing Tactile Diagrams

Professionals Welcome Days

Success in Science

VIEW Curriculum Conference

Professionals Welcome Days

Suitable for Parents and Professionals

Supporting Primary School Students

Outreach Open Days


We are here

New College Worcester

Whittington Road, Worcester WR5 2JX

T: 01905 763933

E: info@ncw.co.uk

www.ncw.co.uk

@NewCollegeWorcester

@newcollworc

@ncw1866

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