MEC musing; Lockdown Impact on schools

Throughout the nation schools are closed for the third time in under twelve months. Students’ learning in all subjects has been disrupted, GCSEs and A Levels have been cancelled, the Government has left decisions about vocational subject examinations such as BTECs to schools themselves. However, despite teething problems the music examination industry is doing its’Continue reading “MEC musing; Lockdown Impact on schools”

An Hour Well Spent – Performing Arts Aerosol Study Preliminary Results 3

In its ongoing task of identifying ways to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in performing arts activities, a third set of preliminary results has been released in the unprecedented aerosol study commissioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and a coalition of more thanContinue reading “An Hour Well Spent – Performing Arts Aerosol Study Preliminary Results 3”

Guidance for full opening: schools

On 28th August the UK Governement published “Guidance for full opening: schools” (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools?fbclid=IwAR0JgGSYccQueVQGd5d2oI42eWl48fvmA9NbXpRZxmbTDhmQK26-pBOUYVM) The section on Music, Dance and Drama (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools?fbclid=IwAR0JgGSYccQueVQGd5d2oI42eWl48fvmA9NbXpRZxmbTDhmQK26-pBOUYVM#music-dance-and-drama-in-school) gives further information which should be read. There is some detail but for now I repeat some information I shared in my blog from June 7th.  (https://musicedquestions.com/2020/06/07/music-activities-in-schools-in-a-post-lockdown-covid-world-revised-june-7th/) TBH I am not a web geniusContinue reading “Guidance for full opening: schools”

Performing Arts Aerosol Study

I listened in to a webinar from New Jersey. The preliminary results from a research by the University of Colorado were released. The  full presentation can be seen here. https://www.nfhs.org/articles/unprecedented-international-coalition-led-by-performing-arts-organizations-to-commission-covid-19-study/ Singing  and recorder data will be released by the end of the month. So far the preliminary suggestions for some wind and brass instruments are.Continue reading “Performing Arts Aerosol Study”

What’s Bubbling? – Looking forward to schools re-opening in England

On July 2nd 2020 the UK Government published guidance for the full opening of schools in England from September.[1] The over-arching concern is to ensure that public health advice to minimise coronavirus (COVID-19) risks are carried out. Unfortunately, guidance for music is “coming later” and there is much speculation and discussion as to what canContinue reading “What’s Bubbling? – Looking forward to schools re-opening in England”

Consultation on proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and Alevels in 2021

DANGER, DANGER OfQUAL has opened up a consultation on proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021 and has put forward proposals to modify the assessment requirements for some GCSEs, AS and A levels in response to disruption to education caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. CLOSING DATE IS 16TH JULY (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/897137/Consultation_on_proposed_changes_to_the_assessment_of_GCSEs__AS_and_A_levels_in_2021_020620.pdf) IContinue reading “Consultation on proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and Alevels in 2021”

Guidance for full opening – schools

For once I don’t think we can distinguish between activity in the classroom and ensemble work. Seems to me that colleagues might struggle to deliver an active music curriculum if students are in straight lines and practical work is limited. So, there has to be a conversation in school that is wider than just music.Continue reading “Guidance for full opening – schools”

Music Activities in Schools in a Post Lockdown Covid World – Revised June 7th

Music Activities in Schools in a Post Lockdown Covid World With schools in England opening piecemeal from June 1st ,  in Wales  reopening from 29 June to all age groups – but only a third of pupils will be in classes at any one time and schools in Scotland and Northern Ireland in August schoolsContinue reading “Music Activities in Schools in a Post Lockdown Covid World – Revised June 7th”

Music Activities in Schools in a Post Lockdown Covid World

With the UK Government wanting English schools to open next month[1]  and no specific guidance on how each subject might prepare to teach there is a lot of concerned chatter on social media as to how music might be taught in the classroom and how instrumental and choral groups might once more begin to rehearse.Continue reading “Music Activities in Schools in a Post Lockdown Covid World”