Learning the Ropes for Parents

Why Learning the Ropes?

Learning the Ropes was created in 2010 to provide a structure and pathway for learning the art of change ringing. Prior to its introduction, there was no commonly used scheme for teaching bell ringing with the direction of learning often decided by local ringing leaders. Learning the Ropes is closely tied to the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) whose training scheme equips all Learning the Ropes teachers with the latest knowledge in skills development and learning theory.

Learning the Ropes therefore provides experienced and well-trained teachers, who can deliver a progressive learning scheme that reinforces fundamental foundation skills, facilitates group teaching sessions and commonality between towers. Additionally, by providing basic assessments that ringers must pass before progressing, it fosters a great sense of achievement when passing each Level.

Who teaches Learning the Ropes?

Learning the Ropes is taught by Association of Ringing Teachers Members and Teachers who are working towards ART Training Scheme accreditation.

All ART Members have completed one or more Modules of the ART Training Scheme, which involve a one-day instruction course followed by up to 2 years skill development before a final assessment of their teaching. Those who have completed accreditation and become ART Members have also been DBS (Disclose and Barring Service) checked when working with young people or vulnerable adults.

A directory of ART Members can be found on the website of the Association of Ringing Teachers.


Learning the Ropes is intended for use by Members of the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) and it also available on a preliminary basis to teachers working through the ART Training Scheme. The Association of Ringing Teachers was formed to develop and support the delivery, integrity, and standards in the teaching, instruction and education, of the art of change ringing.

All ART Members are required to have a current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) criminal record check (formally known as a CRB check). These are provided by and verified by the Association Management. Teachers working towards accreditation under the ART Training Scheme have not yet had their DBS check confirmed by the Association. All the teachers listed on the ART Members Directory are accredited ART Members with completed DBS checks.

The Association of Ringing Teachers publish their policies and guidance on their website.