The Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance is delighted to have been involved in an exciting project with the Paul Hamlyn Teacher Development Fund. The basis of the project is to improve school ‘readiness’ by targeting improvement in PSED and CLD in the Early Years with the use of music. The project is in partnership with Essex Music Services and Music Masters (formerly London Music Masters) which is a charitable trust with Essex connections.

The purpose of the Teacher Development Fund is to support delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum. It aims to do this through supporting teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.

Unfortunately the current restrictions meant that the project was temporarily suspended at the start of lockdown but we are delighted to confirm that the project is set to restart this term, with a revised date for publication of the final report of July 2022. We will, as always, keep you up to date with the project’s progress and share any significant emerging findings as it proceeds.

One of the participating teachers has written an article for the Nursery World publication informing their readers about the impact music and this project has already had on her teaching and the development of the children in her care. She has seen much success in her classroom and discusses how music can play such an important part in the curriculum and daily activities. Please follow this link for more details.

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