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Re-energising and Re-imagining Music in Our Schools - The Post-COVID Legacy

One of the first opportunities to get the new academic year and the post-COVID world off to a great musical start is our annual Hampshire Music Education Hub Conference. This year it will be completely free to all Hampshire school colleagues, as a way to say THANK YOU and to celebrate and share the importance of music in every school.

I hope very much your music staff will be able to join us at The Ageas Bowl, for all or part of the day, on Friday 22 October 2021. We have a really exciting keynote speaker, Dr. Rock, and a really thought-provoking range of workshops, with lots of opportunity for all colleagues in KS1 - KS4, to network and share best practice in terms of Re-energising and Re-imagining Music in Our Schools - The Post-COVID Legacy.

The Ageas Bowl, Hedge End, Friday 22 October, 9.15am to 4pm.


The theme this year is re-energising and re-imagining music in our schools. We will consider the key opportunities and challenges we have experienced during COVID and how we are embracing these to now move music education further. We will examine how we can provide the very best learning experiences for all children and provide a strong platform for mental health and wellbeing for our young people and teachers.

The event will start with an inspiring keynote from Julia Jones, aka ‘Dr Rock’. Julia has an international reputation for her research, books and keynote presentations, focusing on the benefits of music from improving brain function and encouraging physical activity to the business of mental and physical wellbeing for all. This session will lead into a reflection on the New OFSTED framework and the very recent OFSTED report for Music.

Throughout the rest of the day there will be a series of exciting workshops covering KS1 to KS4, and SEND/Special education. These will range from music in the 21st Century Classroom to composition, from the Hampshire response to the Model Music Curriculum, to a programme of exciting vocal workshops, and practical support for SEND children in our schools.

In addition, there will be breakout groups providing the chance for colleagues to discuss and network, including re-energising extracurricular music and scaffolding musical skills in the classroom post-COVID.

A full programme of workshops will be sent out at the beginning of the new academic year for everyone to choose their options. This year, the conference will be free of charge for all Hampshire colleagues. We are hoping that all schools will support teachers wishing to attend.

We hope that this will be a popular event and we can’t wait to meet up again. Please let us know who would like to attend from your school, by completing this link as soon as possible:

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