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Liz Brocklehurst
Subject Leader Curriculum Music

Please contact
for booking forms 

General enquiries:
T: 0161 770 5660 F: 0161 770 5670

Charanga training
For? Teachers/TAs
Where? Horton Mill Primary School
When? Monday, 27th September 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Charanga is a living cloud-based resource that brings together music, modern
pedagogy and the latest educational technology. It supports all aspects of music in
school including the new music curriculum, as well as providing children and their
families with opportunities to continue learning and exploring music at
home through Music World.

The training will be provided by Lydia Dalby, Regional and CPD Training Manager for Charanga

NB To attend this course, you will need to register directly with Charanga on

Fee: Free to all DMG schools

Primary Music Network Meetings
For? All teachers and Music Co-Ordinators who work in Primary Schools
Where? Lyceum Building OL1 1QG
When? Monday 9th September 2017 – Scheme of Work: Fireworks/Celebrations. Christmas Music
Thursday 23rd November 2017 – Scheme of Work: Winter. Classroom organisation
Monday, 15th January 2018 – Scheme of Work: New life and growth. The Summer Show
Thursday 11th May 2018 – Scheme of Work: Seaside/Water. Problem-Solving
Monday 25th June 2018 - Scheme of Work: Autumn. Harvest Assembly
All meetings 4.00pm - 5.30pm

These highly successful meetings are designed to inspire and stimulate music teaching in schools. Each meeting will focus on a particular aspect of teaching music.
The sessions are very practical, with an emphasis on sharing resources. The forum also provides an opportunity to keep abreast of current issues in music education and to meet with other colleagues who deliver music in schools.

Light refreshments are provided.

Fee: Free to all Oldham primary schools

Workshop for GCSE students
For? GCSE students and their teachers
Where? Lyceum Building OL1 1QG
When? Monday 2nd October 2017 9.30am - 3.00pm

Led by staff from the Music Centre and Oldham Schools.

This workshop is designed for students as they begin their GCSE course.

Students will be given an overview of the GCSE syllabus and there will be practical workshops focussing on the different aspects of the GCSE, providing an invaluable start to their course.

There will be sessions on:
Composing music
Understanding music
Listening to music

By the end of the day, students will have had the opportunity to create their own compositions including:
Chord progressions
Bass line
Rhythm section

This day will provide the opportunity for students to meet together from different schools, share ideas, gain an overview of their GCSE course with top tips from professionals and experience the fun of music-making.

Bookings will be initially for students from Oldham
Schools, but may be opened up to Hub members,
so early booking is advisable.

Lunch will be provided.

Fee: Free (£10* per student)

Introduction to Signalong A course to learn some signs useful in schools
For? All teachers and teaching assistants, particularly those working with children with speech and language delay, poor listening/concentration skills or English as an Additional Language
Where? The Lyceum Building, Oldham OL1 1QG
When? Thursday, 19th October 2017 9.00am – 12.00

Speech and language skills are vital in the classroom. Signing key words can help children to focus on and understand what is being said to them and give them the confidence to respond.

This course is an introduction to signing including learning some signs useful in schools and how to read sign descriptions.

Signalong is based on British Sign Language and is designed to help children and adults with speech, language and communication difficulties so it is useful for children with language delays, English as an additional language, SEN or poor listening/concentration skills. Learning some signs can help the whole class to listen and communicate better.

Oldham LA have adopted Signalong (rather than Makaton) so professionals who sign with children use Signalong.

Alison learnt to sign because her daughter had a language delay. It was a wonderful tool that made a big difference to her daughter’s communication. After that Alison trained as a Signalong tutor and has been teaching Signalong to whole classes of children and teachers for 10 years. She has seen it help a wide range of children to feel more confident and included and help teachers to communicate more effectively with their class.

Fee: Free for DMG schools (*£50 extra district/non-DMG contributors))

Can Do Music Training (EYFS) An intervention programme for children at risk of developmental delay
For? Teachers and Teaching Assistants
Where? Lyceum Building OL1 1QG
When? Friday 17th November 2017 9.30am - 3.30pm

Led by Susan Mann BA (Hons) PGCE

Susan has a 30 year track record of success in motivating and progressing young people as a music teacher and workshop leader. She is the writer of the ‘Can Do’ primary intervention programme and ‘Anyone Can Play’ scheme of work for special schools.

This course will help withdrawn children communicate and smile, distracted children focus and listen and anxious children interact and relax. It is designed to be run in small groups by teaching assistants and consists of tried and tested plans using some of the best audio tracks available to motivate children and help them to develop focus and concentration, confidence and self-esteem, waiting and turn-taking, positive interaction and leading and following. The course is totally hands-on with lots of practical ideas nd strategies.

No specialist musical knowledge is required and it is open to all teachers and teaching assistants. Delegates will receive a resource pack containing 25 tracks, planning for a year and extension activities.

Lunch is included.

Fee: Free to DMG Schools (£150* extra district/Non-DMG schools)

Tune-in To Talking Training
For? Pre-school colleagues
Where? Lyceum Building OL1 1QG
When? Monday, 6th November 2017
Monday, 8th January 2018
Monday, 16th April 2018
All sessions run between 4.00pm and 5.30pm

This is a new music programme devised in collaboration with Early Years specialists to help develop pre-school speech and language. It has been successfully piloted in a number of locations across the borough and independently evaluated to confirm its effectiveness in preparing very young children for school.

Free to all Oldham Schools and Nursery/pre-school establishments

Primary Music Conference:
'Let's Perform'!

For? Primary classroom teachers, TAs, School Governors, Head Teachers
Where? Lyceum Building OL1 1QG
When? Thursday, 8th March 2018 9.30am to 3.00pm

There will be a variety of workshops, as well as opportunities to meet colleagues from other schools. There will also be a session on the use of boomwhackers as part of an afternoon of practical activities to take back to the classroom.

Further details can be found here
The booking form can be downloaded from here
Fee: £50 to DMG Schools (£120* extra district/Non DMG Schools)

Secondary Music Conference: Raising Standards
For? All music teachers in Secondary Schools
Where? Lyceum Building OL1 1QG
When? Tuesday, 27th February 2018 9.30am - 1.00pm

Focus on Sound training, sharing good practice, GCSE discussion groups
'Focus on Sound is a fantastic product that is a one of a kind. I couldn't do without it (without a lot of work....)' - Corin Bone, Glenunga International High School).

Fee: Free to DMG Schools (£50* extra district/Non DMG Schools)

Secondary Music Network Meetings
For? Secondary Music Teachers
Where? Lyceum Building OL1 1QG
When? Thursday, 21st September 2017
Thursday 14th June 2018
Meetings will take place between 4.00pm and 5.30pm

These meetings provide an opportunity for secondary music colleagues to focus on a particular area of music teaching and current issues in music.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Fee: Free to all Oldham secondary schools
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