To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications were received for funding from the fund established for the professional development of music teachers; how many have completed programmes funded as a result of such applications; and what the cost of the scheme has been to date.
After a tender exercise in 2006, the contract to develop and deliver a programme of professional development for practitioners involved in music in primary schools was agreed with the Open university and Trinity college London. The £2 million funding for the programme has been for both the development and delivery of a national CPD programme, which is free for participants.
Initial applications were received from just over 1,300 teachers and this resulted in 915 practitioners actively engaging with the programme. Of those who did not end up engaging with the programme, most withdrew before starting, due to change of circumstances and/or time constraints. Every practitioner has a mentor and an individualised training programme. A total of 312 mentors have been appointed and trained. Practitioners have been completing their portfolios for moderation and certification, and 132 completed portfolios have been received so far.
The announcement of £332 million for music education over the next three years which was made last November includes £1 million a year for continued support for the programme of professional development for practitioners involved in music in primary schools: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2007_0216 We expect to train at least a further 3,000 key stage 2 practitioners during that time.