Secondary Schools Lead Practitioners
Lead teachers work with LSMS to help improve the quality of music in schools.
The Lead teachers are working individually in schools that have met with LSMS to have the Challenging conversation. This conversation has led on to schools asking for support to improve their music curriculum and skill up their music co-ordinator and teachers. They lead staff meetings, joint teaching, observations, and guide the school as to where they can find quality resources to match the needs of the schools.
We would like to identify teachers that are already achieving excellence in music and want to apply to become Lead Practitioners for Music. This would give you a formal recognition of your achievements in music and the opportunity to support other schools and share good practice through the LMEH website and networking events.
KATE PHIPPS - Secondary
Kate Phipps has worked in Leicestershire as a music educator for 13 years in both primary and secondary schools in the county. She is currently the Head of Performing Arts at Gartree High School and has worked in a music co-ordinator capacity at The Hall School in Glenfield. She studied Music with English at the University of Huddersfield, playing for acclaimed brass bands during her time studying there.
Kate has been involved in music research projects in developing music technology resources for a musical virtual learning environment with Dr Motje Wolfe at De Montfort University, which enabled students to experience creating music on a virtual learning environment called 'Ears 2.'
Kate has written schemes of learning for the Leicestershire Schools Music Service and has presented at the Music teachers conference about effective use of Pupil Premium funding in music.
Kate runs an in house 'Rock School Project' at Gartree which currently sees over 120 students a week taking guitar, drumkit, piano or vocal lessons. Students are given the opportunity to form bands and students are given the opportunity to experience recording music at a local industry standard recording studio.
Kate is involved with the Learning South Leicestershire music group, providing performance and collaboration opportunities to local schools throughout the school year. She has written for the Music Mark Blog in her role as an Specialist Leader of Education.
Kate is more than happy to accommodate visits to Gartree from music practitioners, to see the music department in action. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to visit.