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Assessing Pupil Progress in music: NAME publishes guidelines

NAME (The National Association of Music Education) has published on its website  guidance materials to support Assessing Pupils’ Progress (APP) under the current  National Curriculum. Written by Kevin Rogers (County Inspector for Music in

Hampshire) on the basis of previous QCDA research for APP in the foundation subjects, and trialled by current teachers, these materials give secondary music teachers a national framework for assessing a student’s progress against essential  aspects of musical learning within the National Curriculum. The document is available free to NAME members and to non-members at

http://www.name.org.uk/projects/app/assessing-pupils-progress-app  Kevin Rogers says, “The current National Curriculum will remain in place until 2014.  Used alongside the exemplification of standards on the National Curriculum website, the APP guidelines can help teachers to understand more clearly the progress that their students are making. They enable teachers to identify more accurately the

musical strengths and weaknesses of individual students and whole classes. In the light of these assessments, teachers can then adapt their teaching more effectively to improve students’ learning.”   Sarah Kekus, Chair of NAME, says, “NAME is delighted that we can make this valuable work available to all music teachers.”   The guidance materials include an assessment framework that describes essential  standards in students’ understanding of their music, their practical work and their ability to evaluate and improve their work. The assessment framework is accompanied by detailed background information on how it should be used (including  how it relates explicitly to National Curriculum levels) and practical advice on how teachers can incorporate it into their department’s programme of assessment and their own professional development. Recent publications from Ofsted have provided strong independent validation of the APP process, and the positive impact it can have on teaching and learning. 

15 May 2011

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