For those with a Kent Music teacher:
Kent Music will not be delivering face-to-face MusicPlus tuition in schools until January. If you had a Kent Music teacher for MusicPlus last year, please contact our Customer Services team to book in your school requirement for January if you have not done so already.
During the autumn term instead of teaching face-to-face sessions in schools our teachers will be following a bespoke CPD programme. This will follow content to upskill and extend their knowledge on whole class teaching including Music Tech, philosophy of teaching music, planning, differentiating and assessing. They will also be making contact with their assigned schools in the autumn term to enable planning so that we can ensure if a school has a deep dive in music from Ofsted that our teacher has joined up their MusicPlus planning with the school curriculum.
Each Kent Music school will be charged the usual £50 per term per form entry for their MusicPlus tuition however there will be no charge for the autumn term.
For those who engage other agencies/teachers:
If you engage a different music agency or a private peripatetic teacher, you will need to make contact with them to find out what their offer will be in September. Music Mark are continually updating their guidance on safe music delivery which can be found here.
Schools will continue to receive their funding for MusicPlus as usual between September and March and most schools will have received notice about their funding in May 2020.
We are ready to have our Kent Music, MusicPlus teacher in September
This will not be possible. Our MusicPlus teachers will return to your school in January.
:What do I do if I don’t want to wait until January for a Kent Music teacher?
Waiting until then is our Kent Music approach to keep teachers, staff and pupils safe at a time of uncertainty. This is our plan and approach. If you do not want to wait, then you are free to change providers. However, we will need to know about this change so that your Arts Council funding can be sent directly to the school instead.
We need to timetable music in from September, or it won’t happen in January. What do we do for a term?
You will need to assign a time in September for music if it is not possible to change your timetable in January. You should run your own curriculum in the autumn term and our teacher will take over this slot in January.
Can we change to Ukulele or a stringed instrument?
We hope that by January, guidance on teaching woodwind or brass instruments may have been issued by the DfE and this will not be as issue.
If you are still concerned and wish to change instruments, then you may need to secure your own class set of Ukuleles as Kent Music does not have extra budget to buy more Ukuleles.
Current Kent Music projects should contact our customer services department in the first instance and non-Kent Music schools should contact our Instrument Department to find out availability.
What will the Kent Music MusicPlus teachers be doing if they are not teaching in schools?
We are upskilling our MusicPlus teachers and they will be following a CPD plan which involves lots of relevant and wide-reaching topics based around whole class teaching.
The teacher that your schools is assigned will be expected to contact the school music lead to talk about planning, find out about their class ahead of January and fit in with any school planning as per the Ofsted guidelines.
What will happen in January?
Providing that there is not a second wave or Covid-19 and subsequent lockdowns we will resume face-to-face MusicPlus teaching in January 2021. If there are large scale changes in the autumn term, we will communicate these to schools when necessary