On behalf of Accent Music Education Hub, We would like to invite expressions of interest to join the Accent Strategic Board from January 2019. The Board would need a commitment for new members to attend a maximum of 2 meetings per term, which would last for approximately 2 hours. The first meeting of the New Year will be held at Warrington Town Hall on Thursday 14 March between 4pm and 6pm. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the strategic planning and development of Hub activity from the perspective of a parent/carer. Accent provides opportunities for approximately 8,000 children per annum, and it is important to the Board that we have a broad range of representation.
It would be helpful if you could indicate why you wish to be considered as a Strategic Board member of Accent MEH, through the submission of a summary paragraph. This should be emailed to Janice Pounds – firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday 21 December 2018.
Please also see attached information regarding the role.
Sound and Music Can Compose National Education Survey
Make your Voice Heard
Sound and Music has launched an essential national survey aimed at gaining insight and better understanding into the provision for children and young people to compose and create their own music, whether at school, through informal outlets or through other means. This is your chance to make your voice heard!
We want to hear from anyone who is involved in teaching music or using music to work with children and young people. Whether you are a teacher in a secondary school, a musician working in a youth club with young singer-songwriters, part of a hub or organisation supporting music-making, or working in a nursery encouraging toddlers to get noisy - we want to know more about what you’re doing, how you are being supported and how you see the role of creative music-making today.
The survey will take you roughly 8 minutes to complete and we greatly appreciate the time educators are dedicating to contributing their experiences and opinions. As well as completing the survey please forward it to all your music educator peers to help ensure Sound and Music captures the best national picture of creative music-making we can.
This survey will provide crucial evidence helping Sound and Music to develop policies and campaigns in support of a creative music education and for lobbying the government to ensure composing and creative music making has a suitable place within the national education policy.
Take the Can Compose survey now
Early Years resources when supporting a child with SEND / Developmental Delay
A variety of documents have now been sent out to all providers that should be used in early years settings when supporting a child with SEND/developmental delay. We have held 6 SENCO networks over the last 6 weeks to share the documents, explain in further detail and gain your feedback. If you have not been able to attend any of the networks please call Danielle Cartwright, Area SENCO, on 01925 443258 or email email@example.com
All of the documents are available to view in the Resources section and these include Personal Plans from the LA and from Sandy lane. We will be gaining feedback on these particular documents over the next 3 months on which you prefer to use and will amend accordingly in April 2019. Please ensure you are using the personal plans as working documents – personal plans should be carried out each time the child is in nursery and notes added each time, this will evidence any impact.
As discussed in the networks, from February we will be piloting SENCO surgeries and telephone mornings on various days. Further guidance on how to book will be sent out in January, however, so you can 'save the date' in your diary, please find the dates below;
8th February 8am-12 Great Sankey Children’s Centre
19th February 12-4pm Orford Youth Base
4th March 12-4pm Great Sankey Children’s Centre
21st March 8am-12 Great Sankey Children’s Centre
5th April 8am-12 Great Sankey Children’s Centre
16th April 12-4pm Orford Youth Base
29th April 8am-12 Great Sankey Children’s Centre
5th February 8am-12
11th February 12-4pm
21st February 8am-12
1st March 8am-12
7th March 8am-12
15th March 8am-12
19th March 12-4pm
25th March 8am-12
2nd April 8am-12
8th April 12-4pm
18th April 8am-12
26th April 8am-12
We will be piloting the surgeries and telephone mornings for 3 months, we can then gain your feedback. Please note as stated in the graduated approach guidance the telephone mornings will be around general advice and the surgeries will be about an individual child – therefore a MARS will need to be completed.
Could you please ensure this information has been shared with the SENCO and all staff are aware of the documents to use in their practice. The documents available in the resource section are version 1, we will be gaining feedback and amending if necessary over the next 6 months. The documents will also be added to Ask Ollie as soon as we are able too.
Early Years Agreement trialling sessions
The Local Authority will be running Agreement Trialling sessions in February 2019. Places are available to book through my school services.
As a Local Authority it is expected that all schools should attend one of the sessions. Attendance at these sessions is deemed as good practice by Ofsted and it is also a vital element of CPD for reception class teachers.
New to EYFS, Year 2 and Year 6 (including NQTs)
Please could you inform Lisa Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any new teachers in EYFS, Year 2 and Year 6.