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Partnership training boost for the next generation of music teachers

Future secondary school music teachers, working towards their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year in their first teaching post have been supported in their development by Sutton Music Service, lead partner in the Sutton Music Education Hub.  Since 2019, Sutton Music Service has been working with the Music PGCE team at Sutton SCITT and Roehampton University to provide training and support  adding to the student teachers’ holistic programme.

Sutton Music Service has delivered sessions on conducting classroom and extra-curricular ensembles; strategies for teaching GCSE compositions using Music Technology; and understanding the roles set out in the National Plan for Music Education and the Department for Education’s ambitions for Music Education Hubs. In the past, student teachers have visited a local primary school to observe Sutton Music Service’s Whole-class Ensemble Tuition (WCET) and see first-hand the musical experiences of pupils in Key Stage 2. This year, because of COVID-19, the trainees will watch a live video stream of a WCET lesson.

“Understanding KS2 whole class music-making is important for trainee teachers, not only to understand the learning phase and curriculum before pupils enter secondary school but also an opportunity to observe and understand whole class music-making and the teaching strategies used for engagement.” Kate Potts, Music PGCE Course Leader for Sutton SCITT/ Roehampton University

“Working with the music trainees in the Sutton SCITT and at Roehampton University is a fantastic partnership for the Music Hub. It is a great way of introducing the student teachers to what a Music Education Hub is and how their local Hub can support them in their NQT year and beyond.” Gareth Gay, Head of Music Service, Cognus Limited

To find out more about the work of Sutton Music Service, visit their website https://suttonmusicservice.org.uk/