Voices of the Future was an 18-month programme of professional development for teachers working in Thurrock or Havering interested in gaining skills and confidence as singing leaders. It helped teachers use singing to teach and inspire their pupils, colleagues and the whole school community.
What did the course involve?
Voices of the Future consisted of six INSET (In-Service Training) days, in-school mentoring sessions and a sharing performance. Course participants worked towards goals tailored to their needs and those of their schools, covering a broad range of topics including confidence, rehearsing and leading songs, singing, acting and movement, and how singing can support music and the wider curriculum.
How did participants benefit from the programme?
Here are comments from Voices of the Future participants highlighting the effect the programme has had on their personal and professional development:
‘Now I stand up in front of 180 children, three times a week to lead singing.’ – Yvonne, St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
‘Voices of the Future has increased my confidence in leading singing and teaching singing to groups/classes. I now have a greater understanding of how to develop and improve singing.’ – Nicola, Giffards Primary School
‘I have learnt many new techniques, songs, activities and the course has given me more confidence when approaching singing in school. I have been able to joint lead a staff meeting on singing across both key stages.’ – Alison, Arthur Bugler Junior School
‘It has been great to raise my own aspirations and ‘belief’ in what I can do.’ – Gregory, Hathaway Academy
To celebrate the completion of the programme, teachers and students from Thurrock and Havering will take part in special finale performances in July 2014.
The teachers from Havering will bring groups of students together for a special family day, where teachers and students will prepare songs to perform, while the families of the students participate in a fun singing workshop, while in Thurrock, to celebrate the finale of the programme, teachers and staff will perform a selection of choral and solo pieces for their students, families and friends.
Voices of the Future is kindly sponsored by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.