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English Bridge School - English Bridge Education & Development shortly to launch a NEW teaching and learning Website

Exciting news from EBED which will impact on how teachers and students will access learning material in the future. In response to EBTA teachers requesting high quality, up to date and flexible teaching material, EBED are launching a brand new learning portal called English Bridge School (EBS) which will allow access to a whole new suite of material to support on-line bridge teaching. All current material will still be available on the teacher zone and additionally the new material held on EBS will be available to all EBTA teachers who wish to access it.

In the first instance we will make available online teaching materials for beginners to enable teachers to deliver classes from September. Using Google’s G suite, we are building a new bridge resource library with lesson plans, presentations, videos, deal files and hand records. You will be also able to access a personalised classroom for students and create your own customised slides, handouts and quizzes. You will have access to email and shared calendars which will enable teachers to schedule lessons and communicate directly with students to share news, learning material or set homework.

We anticipate EBS will be available to teachers in early August, initially with lessons which will cover the first term of learning. We are working in the background to add additional lessons for a smooth transition into the second and third terms. The lesson structure is modular and compliments the BfA teaching method so can be used either alongside the EBED publications or as a stand-alone resource. As EBS evolves, teachers will also be able to create their own online courses in Google Classroom and will have access to a teacher sharing zone to offer resources and share materials. Additionally, there will be access to individual online storage via a personal and private storage space which will be held securely in the cloud. EBS will also hold a whole suite of resources such as videos, tutorials and direct links taking teachers and students straight to the most popular online bridge websites. Our aim is to create a “one stop” portal where everything a bridge teacher could possibly want is readily available and just a click away!

The website has been built to ensure it is user friendly and easy to use. Even if you have never taught online before, you will find everything straight forward. To make sure of this, EBED will also be providing full training to our teachers via Zoom. We will cover how to register, access the material and tailor the material and classrooms to your own requirements.

The great news is EBS will be available FREE of charge to all EBTA teachers. Once you have registered on the website as a teacher, your students will be able to gain access to the classrooms by paying a small monthly subscription. As always EBED will be here to support your bridge teaching in all the ways we have done in the past and we also invite you to share with us the innovations for the future.

Please look out for more news items as the site is launched and developed.

EBED – Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

EBED announces the appointment of Giorgio Provenza. Giorgio joins as Chief Executive Officer in mid-July and will take over the reins over the summer from Donna Wright who has built the Charity from its formation. Giorgio is a well-known figure in the South West London area and is an active bridge teacher and teacher trainer with a long track record of promoting the game. He is also actively involved in the youth game and is the current squad-leader of the national under-16s.

Revision of EBED Teaching Publication - Available from 1st August

The EBED publication, Continuing Bridge is being updated in line with the system changes already made to Beginning Bridge and now has a more logical ordering of material as well as a clearer referencing system. The Teachers’ notes, system file and handbanks have also been updated and the revised version will be available from August.

From 22 June, EBED will be discounting the price of the current version of the book by £5.00. Books can be ordered via the Bridge Warehouse or by emailing Lisa@ebedcio.org.uk.

Are you new to bridge and want to enjoy a friendly game with like-minded players?

EBED are pleased to offer students and novice players relaxed duplicate sessions within a supported environment. The games will consist of 12 boards played at a relaxed pace with experienced teachers on hand to help. At the end of the session you will be invited to share your experiences with your fellow players via Zoom.

If you would like more information or details of how to register, you will find this here.

UoS Bridging the Gap 2020 Survey - sponsored by EBED to support research being carried out by Stirling University

I hope you are well and finding ways to continue your bridge activity.

I am writing to ask for your assistance and experience in relation to some bridge research. You may be aware that English Bridge Education & Development (EBED) are supporting a PhD at Stirling University in the Sociology of Bridge, which is being undertaken by Kevin Judge. As part of Kevin's research, he has developed an online questionnaire to collect information from bridge players and teachers. The information collected will pave the way for future research and will indicate how best to ensure the continuation and benefits of this wonderful game we all enjoy.

EBED would like to ask you to read the attached communication from Kevin and then please complete the questionnaire which will only take a few minutes of your time. This will be much appreciated and I would like to thank you in advance on behalf of EBED and the Sociology of Bridge team at Stirling for your commitment to the game and assistance in this research.