Arrival, refreshments and exhibitor viewing

Welcome and introduction
Harriet Clifford,
Editor, Music Teacher


Keynote 1: Keynote 1: What does the National Plan for Music Education mean for your classroom?
This session will explore the value of embracing the broader ecology of music education. Through partnership we can achieve remarkably inclusive and diverse music education for children and young people, and by placing classroom music educators at the centre, we can ensure school music remains a vibrant and vital part of the school curriculum in and beyond the classroom.
Catherine Barker, Head of Music and Performing Arts, United Learning



Keynote 2: Looking back to look ahead: 10 years of music education
In this session, Dr Jodie Underhill and Deborah Annetts will explore the last 10 years of music education through the prism of the ISM’s research, including The Heart of the School is Missing, which was published during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 2022’s Music: A subject in Peril?. The session will look at the changes in music education in recent years as well as the changes that will impact the subject’s future.

Deborah Annetts, chief executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM); and Dr Jodie Underhill, Research Associate, Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)


Breakout 1 (choose A or B)

Breakout A (Primary): Making the most of limited time: Overcoming challenges in the primary music classroom
In primary schools, the best musical results come from little-and-often practice. How can we use our contact time to effectively support your primary children to become more musical? This session will explore some of the challenges of the primary classroom and offer practical and curriculum-focused solutions, including the importance of specialist-generalist collaboration, and the big difference ‘five a day’ – five short sessions each week – can make to musical development.
Sue Walker,
primary class teacher based in Herefordshire; and Jimmy Rotheram, 
senior music leader at Feversham Primary Academy

Breakout B (Secondary): Finding flexibility and industry focus for your students in the KS3 curriculum
Does your classroom reflect the industry, or are you stuck in tradition? Do the skills your young people gain reflect the industry of today or the industry of the past? In this session, you will be exploring how to make your classroom reflect the industry and best prepare your young people for this. You will explore how to take a flexible approach to curriculum design to meet the individual aspirations of your young people.

Benjamin Turner, managing director, Rap Club


Refreshments and exhibitor viewing 


Keynote 3: The principles of a high-quality music curriculum
In this session, Ofsted’s national lead for music Christopher Stevens will explore the principles of a high-quality music curriculum. Drawing on recent Ofsted publications, he will consider the day-to-day workings of such a curriculum, as well as zoom out to take in the bigger picture.
Christopher Stevens, 
Ofsted’s subject lead for music


Breakout 2 (choose C or D)

Breakout C (Primary): Beyond ‘activities’: Projects, partnerships and the primary curriculum
We know music does not exist in a vacuum. Music is not just a collection of sound waves, notes on a page or even learning how to reproduce sound accurately. To teach our pupils to understand, appreciate, connect with, and make music, children must be taught music in a broader context from the beginning. In this session, Kathryn Levell will explore how she is creating a new music curriculum at her school, in which project-based learning, establishing partnerships, and real-world music experiences f
or pupils are at the heart of her practice.
Kathryn Levell, music teacher at Manorfield Primary School

Breakout D (Secondary): Q&A with Ofsted’s Christopher Stevens
Join Christopher Stevens HMI for a Q&A specifically for secondary music teachers following his keynote session. Facilitated by MT’s editor Harriet Richards, this will be a valuable opportunity for teachers to gain insight into Ofsted’s expectations and reflect more broadly on music provision in their school following the publication of the NPME.  
Christopher Stevens, Ofsted’s subject lead for music


Lunch and exhibitor viewing


Keynote 4: What does EDI mean for music teachers on the ground?
In this session, Yogesh Dattani will explore some of the issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion and what they mean to the school music teacher, based on his experience as a music education hub leader. This will include what the different elements mean in the daily practice of a classroom teacher, how we might educate ourselves further, and some practical examples of inclusivity within and beyond the music classroom.
Yogesh Dattani, head of Ealing Music Education Hub


Breakout 3 (choose E or F)

Breakout E (Primary): Diverse in every sense of the word: Creative composition with KS1 & KS2
This interactive session will demonstrate accessible and practical ways for generalist and specialist teachers to diversify creative work in the music classroom within the music curriculum. Integrating listening, performing and composing, it will show a variety of activities, inspired by diverse musical genres, which aim to engage and broaden children’s experience of composition, while developing understanding of their own and others’ music. 
Helen MacGregor, author and former music teacher and consultant

Breakout F (Secondary): Celebrating neurodiversity and disability in the music classroom
Jo Thomas and Beatrice Hubble will host a discussion on how to identify and remove barriers with the aim of delivering a quality music education for all. Focussing particularly on disabled and non-disabled young people working together, they will present ways to work inclusively in educational settings and share experiences of good practice across the sector. There will be opportunities to contribute during the session. 
Beatrice Hubble, head of education at Sound and Music; and Jo Thomascomposer, musician, teacher, sound artist and creator


Refreshments and exhibitor viewing


Panel discussion: Doing it all without losing it all: Music teacher wellbeing
Join speakers from throughout the day as they have an honest discussion about maintaining good mental health and wellbeing as a busy music teacher.
Chair: Chris Walters, national organiser for education and health and wellbeing at the Musicians’ Union

16.25-16.30 Sum-up:
Harriet Clifford, Editor, Music Teacher
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