What is EBTA?
EBTA exists to promote and support effective bridge teaching. Its aims are to increase the extent and improve the standard of bridge teaching across England; so as to increase the number of people who play and enjoy bridge. These aims are achieved through the encouragement of EBTA membership and the provision, to its members, of information, advice and training related to all aspects of bridge teaching at all levels.
Who can join?
Membership is open to all, whether established teachers or those interested in taking on this role. Initially, you join as an Associate member, gaining access to the wide range of membership benefits (see below).
How do I join?
Just fill in an Application Form and pay your subscription fee, which, for 2016/7, is just £20 (or £25 for those living abroad). Please post or e-mail the completed form to:
English Bridge Education & Development CIO
Broadfields, Bicester Road
Aylesbury HP19 8AZ
Tel: 01296 317217
Progressing through the Ranks
As explained above, we welcome all those interested in teaching bridge to join EBTA as an associate member - but, of course, this does not carry any qualification with it.
One year’s free associate membership is also given following attendance on one of our workshops for Club Teacher Training. Attendance at one of these courses entitles you to call yourself an Associate Bridge Teacher.
After you have been teaching for at least six months, you may wish to move to becoming a Full Member of EBTA by undergoing an assessment process, for which there is currently no charge. Success here leads to the title Qualified Bridge Teacher and registration on the EBU Map, so that prospective students can find you easily.
The detailed procedure for becoming a Full Member is explained here.
For those Full Members who are making a career of bridge teaching, we also offer the Professional Member Assessment.
EBTA members can take advantage of a range of services and all sorts of special offers and discounts, including:
- Membership of a supportive network of bridge teachers
- Access to the EBTA Teachers Zone (through their EBU Members page) with a wide range of free downloadable resources from special courses, to handbanks and much, much more.
- Access to EBUScore - the EBU's scoring software - free of charge. EBTA members can downloaded EBUScore from the members area of the EBU website
- Lots of special offers and ongoing discounted prices on a selection of bridge books.
- Free copy of the EBTA Teaching Guide which contains much straightforward guidance on basic learning and teaching methods, advice on how to structure effective courses at all levels, suggested sequences for teaching bidding and card play, all in a loose leaf form to enable it to be added to and personalised
- Free copy of Andrew Kambites' Introduction to Tournament Direction and other useful documents, articles, etc
- Regular copies of Accolade, our infosheet containing news, advice, ideas from other teachers, details of training and development events, etc
- Professional indemnity Insurance cover under an umbrella scheme (for an additional charge – currently £33.50 per annum)
Accessing the Teachers Zone
We have changed the way in which EBTA members access the Teacher's Zone webpages. This means that the webpage where you used to input "ebuta99" has now gone.
Teachers who are EBU members should log onto their EBU Members Page, and scrolling down on the right hand side of the page towards the bottom, they will see a link for the EBTA Teachers Zone. EBTA members who are not EBU members should contact Lisa Miller for alternative instructions.
As part of this change, any bookmarks that people have used to bypass the logon page will no longer work and, additionally, the pages will appear not appear in a Google search.
Occasionally we have people who can offer special services or items that are of benefits to teachers, such items/services will be advertised on this page. If you wish to advertise here then please email us.
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