This new course, aimed at those planning curriculum and teaching Music in the KS3 classroom, explores the unique challenges we face and looks to provide real, practical solutions to the problems inherent to the subject, the breadth of prior learning in most KS3 groups and the constraints of the current education landscape.

With the recent increased focus on the ‘wonder years’ of KS3, there is a new emphasis on quality of learning and cultural capital. This course will help departments to look closely at their curriculum, reshaping, re-evaluating and rejuvenating to ensure a rich programme which cohesively and effectively develops learners and builds knowledge and skills. We will also explore strategies to improve uptake and retention to KS4 and KS5 courses.


  • Improve your uptake of Music at GCSE
  • Address common challenges facing teachers in the KS3 Music classroom
  • Discover new approaches to make changes to and reinvigorate your KS3 Music curriculum
  • Take away approaches and methodologies for ensuring progress and achievement in KS3 Music for all students
DATES & LOCATION Online | Monday 06 July 2020
  • Heads of Music
  • Heads of Faculty
  • Experienced music teachers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.45am
What makes a worthwhile Key Stage 3 Music Curriculum?

  • What constitutes a rich, engaging and stimulating KS3 Music curriculum?
  • What are the limits? What are the core essentials?
  • How appropriate is your music curriculum for your students?
  • Defining the range and balance of knowledge and skills needed at this level, and how this relationship underpin success at GCSE, BTEC and beyond

10.45 – 11.00am
Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 12.00pm
Best Practice in Designing and Implementing your KS3 Curriculum

  • What defines successful KS3 structures and schemes of work?
  • How does this ensure good progress of knowledge, skills and musical understanding?
  • How to successfully implement your KS3 curriculum to nurture imaginative and skilled learners ready for KS4 excellence
  • Which exemplars, templates and resources will support and enhance your curriculum?
  • How does excellent evaluation and quality assurance support excellent learning & teaching at KS3?

12.00 – 12.45pm
Context and Challenges: Being ambitious at KS3

  • How does ‘teaching to the top’ challenge and stimulate all students?
  • What do we need to do to ensure that all students make excellent progress?
  • How can we build ambitious and innovative learning into KS3 teaching?
  • What role do curiosity and imagination play in the implementation of deep learning?

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 3.00pm
Strategies, Methodologies, Ideas and Approaches for KS3 Music

  • How does your learning environment reflect your curriculum aims and principles?
  • What techniques and methods will inspire and empower KS3 learners?
  • How do we ensure that learners understand that music is exciting and enjoyable?
  • How does our teaching ensure the progression inherent in our planned curriculum?

3.10 – 3.15pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.40pm
How to Promote Music Successfully at KS3 and beyond

  • How do you promote Music to your SLT and within the wider school context?
  • How will Music play an integral part in whole school improvement and realisation of cultural capital?
  • How can you improve your recruitment to music courses in KS4 and KS5?

Paul Guenault

Paul is the Director of Music at Buckinghamshire Music Trust, an independent charity with a mission to create inspiring and exciting musical opportunities for all children in the county and the core organisation of Buckinghamshire Music Education Hub. He is also the SE Regional Rep for MusicMark and has been on various working groups with Arts Council England and DfE developing music policy and provision. Prior to this he studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has 23 years of experience in secondary schools in London, as a classroom teacher, Head of Music, Curriculum Deputy and Headteacher.