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Secondary Symposium

Date - Wednesday 28th June 2023 9:00am - 4:00pm
Venue – Salvation Army Training Centre, South Wigston, Leicester
Price - £60 for teachers working in Leicestershire and Leicester. £80 for teachers out of area (includes food & refreshments)

  • An opportunity not to be missed for all Secondary Music teachers and Heads of Music
  • Explore the New National Plan for Music
  • Benefit from the most up-to-date guidance on Music Development Plans for your school
  • Develop pupil composition work at KS4
  • Develop singing in your school at KS3

Further information about the Secondary Symposium

As you are aware, the National Plan for Music Education (NPME): The Power of Music to change Lives was launched last year; Within this plan three distinct but interlinked areas of provision are highlighted, that when all in place offer a high-quality music education for our young people. These are:

  • Curriculum Music
  • Instrumental and Vocal Lessons
  • Musical Events and Opportunities

Along with this there is an expectation that all schools should have a Music Development Plan that brings these areas into focus.

Keeping to the vision of the NPME, Leicestershire Music have put together a day of training, to give you food for thought in these areas, through training from National Experts in music education.

Speaker Information

Mark Phillips - School Development Plans
In his workshop, Mark will consider the recommendation from the National Plan for Music Education that all schools should have a School Music Development Plan. He will explore the differences between activity and quality, discuss what makes music a unique and essential part of the curriculum, reflect on generic 'whole school' teaching strategies and the extent to which these are effective in music, and look at how relevant assessment in music is vital in raising standards. Mark's presentation will also draw on recent publications such as the Model Music Curriculum and Ofsted's research review in music, and will consider how good curriculum design can help give pupils access to whatever music they will encounter in their future lives.

Rachel Shapey - Composing for KS4
Rachel is on a mission to make music composition accessible for all. She has an online composition platform I Can Compose, and a Collins Music composition book How to Teach Composition in the Secondary Classroom: 50 Inspiring Ideas. Rachel will share tried and tested knowledge, techniques and resources to inspire and empower the next generation of composers with a focus on KS4

Sharon DurantSinging for KS3
Sharon is an internationally renowned vocalist, teacher and composer. She works regularly for the British Council, delivering their World Voice programme in locations as diverse as Columbia, Sierra Leone and Morocco and has been choral director for the North East Gospel Choir, Urban Voices and Custom Voices for over 15 years.

Sharon currently works for Sing Up as Partnership Manager, as well as continuing to run choirs across the North East. She has been awarded an OBE in the 2022 Queen's Platinum Jubilee Honours list for 'Services to Music and to the community in Newcastle Upon Tyne.'

With a focus on transition from Primary to Secondary school, Sharon will help to ensure that singing is embedded from the word go at year 7. With a focus on vocal teaching within the NPME, she will lead an inspiring and interactive singing session.


  • Arts
    Leicestershire Music
    Music And Culture
    LCC 2


  • Arts
  • Leicestershire Music
  • LCC
  • Music And Culture
  • LCC 2