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Music: Teachers

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications to the fund established to support the professional development of music teachers were received in each of the last three years; how many applicants were granted funding; and how many have subsequently completed programmes so funded. (254393)

I have been asked to reply.

In the pilot programme from 2007 to 2008, 733 teachers had completed some modules and 304 of these had completed portfolios by the end of 2008. Under the programme from September 2008, 930 teachers have begun work.

The aim of the Key Stage 2 Music continuing professional development programme is to establish a growing body of music practitioners who have considered at a deep level the issues surrounding teaching and learning in the context of whole class instrumental and vocal activity. Participants complete up to 14 modules through workshops and online learning, as well as benefiting from one-to-one mentoring. As with all professional development this is an ongoing process. The completion of a portfolio indicates a key milestone but does not indicate that a teacher's professional development is complete, or necessarily that the professional development of other teachers is somehow deficient. Teachers who have engaged with the programme have expressed high levels of satisfaction and even at this early stage we have every reason to believe that children's experience of music making is benefiting as a result. The first report on the effectiveness of the programme will be published in March.