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School admissions and transport update – Autumn term 2019
Updated SEND action plan
Surrey's Services for Schools Portal
Pupil Missing Out On Education collection dates for the academic year
Data Management Schedule for Autumn term 2019; Primary and Secondary
Advice for schools on how to prepare for Brexit
Surrey Children’s Services Academy Apprenticeships
Extending the Academies Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA) to Local Authority Maintained Schools (LAMS)
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) training for the autumn term 2019
Surrey Reading Aloud competition 2019
Surrey Music Hub: Autumn training courses for teachers
Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering placements with Surrey Libraries
Foreword from Liz Mills
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Surrey Music Hub: Autumn training courses for teachers

The Surrey Music Hub has set up three music workshops in the coming weeks of this term, including a fantastic opportunity to work with musicians from the Royal Opera House on their new free music resources. Please see below.

New Music Coordinators Workshop

Thursday 26 September, 4.15-6.15pm at St. Johns School, Redhill (Free)

New to being a music coordinator? Want practical ideas on how to take on this role at your school? Or perhaps you have been in the role for a while, but would like more support and ideas. Whether you are a musician or not taking on the challenge of leading music at a school can be a daunting task, but highly rewarding! This workshop will give you practical ideas on how to be an effective music leader for your school, looking at curriculum, instrumental uptake, choirs and ensembles and just getting music happening in your school.

Led by Kate Sweeney.

To reserve your place please book your free ticket via Eventbrite.

Music for the development of the whole child and relationships in your setting

Thursday 7 November 4.15-6.15pm, Venue TBC (Guildford Area). £15

Aimed primarily at Early Years and Key Stage 1 teachers

Participants will

  • Gain a repertoire of tried and tested multicultural songs, games and rhymes that is rich in content and that children enjoy
  • Learn simple ideas and techniques that increase their confidence in their innate musicality including help with developing lively rhythm work and using instruments
  • Learn to provide opportunities for musical play and ideas for extending that play
  • Learn how to use this new material (and the songs they already know) to improve children’s’ relationships with each other 
  • Use their music sessions to contribute to the wellbeing of parents, children and staff and the relationships between them


To reserve your place please book your ticket via Eventbrite.  

Create and Sing Hansel and Gretel with The Royal Opera House

Tuesday 15 October 9.30am-3.30pm at Furzefield School, Merstham, RH1 3PA.

Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2

This free workshop will be led by a professional opera director and vocal leader at the Royal Opera House. The CPD session will introduce teachers to the story and key characters of Hansel and Gretel, using a variety of creative drama and singing exercises that will equip them to deliver the programme creatively in their schools. The session will cover five songs from the production that have been specifically adapted for a primary school audience.

Through the session, teachers will be given the opportunity to explore how they can deliver the project over a two-, five- or ten-week period at their school, culminating in a performance.

The CPD will cover a range of areas including:

  • Dramatic singing
  • Theatrical staging
  • Primary music pedagogy
  • Basic conducting technique

Find out more about the Royal Opera House Create and Sing online resources.

To reserve your place please book your ticket via Eventbrite.