This brand new session for teachers targets the new ‘knowledge-rich’ curriculum (DfE, 2019) and OFSTED ‘Deep Dives’ specifically from a Music perspective. Ensuring your own curriculum is ‘knowledge-rich’ whilst maintaining music as the target language in the classroom.  Planning and preparing for a ‘deep dive’. Delivered by a current and experienced Head of Music.


  • Explore a ‘knowledge-rich’ curriculum in music and understand how to implement this expertly in your department
  • Thoroughly prepare for OFSTED ‘Deep Dive’ inspections with an in depth understanding of Intent, Implementation and Impact in Music
  • Gain expert practical strategies which have proven success with implementing a ‘knowledge-rich’ curriculum to all groups of pupils whilst maintaining music as the main language in the classroom.
DATES  Wednesday 11 November 2020 – 120 minutes 4pm
  • Heads of Performing Arts
  • Heads of Music
  • Teachers with responsibility for Music
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


4.00pm Welcome and Introduction

 4.05pm– 4.40pm: Session 1: Starting with effective evaluation

  • Looking at key methods to assess your department’s strengths and weaknesses including curriculum, staffing, resources and pupil experience. Leading into…
  • Evaluating what you should keep, tweak and change to meet the most recent curriculum guidelines on a ‘knowledge-rich’ curriculum and ‘deep dives’.
  • Approaches and strategies on how this then feeds into your departmental vision and assessing the pupil experience of different key groups in music.
  • Exploring strategies for your departmental priorities in terms of curriculum, pupil experience and resources for maximum impact in the classroom.

4.40 – 5.20pm    Section 2 – Curriculum mapping and design with ‘Deep Dives’ in mind

  • The main focus of this session is on the Ofsted ‘Deep Dives’ -The main focus ’ – Intent, Implementation, Impact and options on what this can look like in music.
  • Different strategies to ensure your intentions have a clear rationale with a musically focussed implementation and maximum impact on pupils.
  • Ways to develop a ‘knowledge-rich’ learning journey with a focus on sequencing learning across all key stages on what a ‘knowledge-rich’ curriculum looks like in music and strategies to balance skills vs knowledge.

5.20 – 6.00pm  Section 3 – Teaching and Learning strategies for a ‘knowledge-rich’ curriculum

  • Translating the planning for a ‘knowledge-rich’ curriculum into expert tools for the classroom including the use of Core Learning Plans and Knowledge Organisers with exemplars that are proven to be successful.
  • Expert strategies to create ‘stickability’ of musical knowledge and excellent progression in musical learning.
  • How to ensure outstanding progress for all pupils and that pupil progression evidence is musical, meaningful and in line with OFSTED expectations.

Rachel Tustain

Rachel is an experienced examiner and Leader of Music, with many years teaching and leadership experience in a range of different schools. Rachel has experience of leading outstanding Music Departments in a range of contexts as well as leadership across the Performing Arts. She has experience in teaching KS4 cohorts from 7 students to over 50, with exam results consistently excellent including 100% grade 4+ and 54% achieving grades 8 and 9 in Summer 2018. A level results are equally impressive; 100% grade C and above in 2018. Rachel is also a Principal Examiner and Subject Adviser for one of the main examining boards, BTEC Quality Nominee for her school and has been involved with CPD for teachers for several years.

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