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Music: Teachers

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications for funding were received from the fund established for the professional development of music teachers in each year since 2006; how many have completed programmes funded as a result of such applications; and how many participants completed their portfolios in each year. (256016)

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 CPD 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of primary schools have a teacher with a formal music qualification. (256018)