Music and Arts Joint Practice Development Day

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Music and Arts Joint Practice Development Day

Our Future City is pleased to be working in partnership with Brighton & Hove Music & Arts, Pavilion & Downs Teaching School Alliance, SoundCity and Varndean School to provide the 7th annual Joint Practice Development Day. The day will present a range of practical workshops, opportunities to network and the space to share ideas and practice with colleagues from Brighton & Hove, across music and arts subjects. This is a free event for local authority schools, academies, Our Future City and SoundCity partners, as well as anyone working in music/cultural education in Brighton and Hove.

The day will include a networking and Teach Meet session, with opportunities to discuss current issues in arts education. Workshops and afternoon sessions will be spent in subject-specific activities and cross-curricular workshops led by Our Future City, SoundCity partners and guest speakers.

Overiew for the day:

8.30 - 9.30 - Arrival/Registration/Networking and welcome from Our Future City

9.30 - 10.45 - Teach Meet with a focus on the performance of disadvantaged children and young people focusing on the following key points:

  • What does the data show?

  • Advice and suggestions from practitioners for engaging and improving performance of children and young people

  • Opportunities for sharing and discussing excellent practice

11.15 - 15.15 - Subject specific activities and cross-circular workshops

15.30 - 17.00 - Twilight workshop option

Workshops to choose from include:

  • Introducing the ISM Primary Music ToolKit - Dr Alison Daubney

  • Musical Progression Routes - Awards for Young Musicians

  • Rockschool's Large Group Ukulele Teaching - Rock School

  • VIP Studio Sessions – Charanga

  • Charanga Music School: A complete scheme to teach the national curriculum for music – Charanga

  • Find Your Voice - SoundCity

  • Creative drumming and percussion for unity, wellness and motivation - Drum United

  • STOMP-style Body Percussion - Beat Goes On

  • Primary Music - Warm Up Activities & Composition - Anna Rusbatch, Downs Junior School

  • Into the Cloud: how to set meaningful, lesson extension, practical music-based homework for all students - James Cocks, Varndean School

  • OCR GCSE Music Coursework Moderation - Cat Lane, Cardinal Newman Catholic School

  • Rock School’s Introduction to Rock Schools New Contemporary Instrument Syllabus - Rock School (BHMA Guitar/Keyboard/Drum Kit and Vocal teachers only)

  • Woodwind and Brass Teachers workshop - Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA teachers only)

  • Strings workshop - Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA teachers only)

  • Artsmark and Arts Award One to One Advice and Support – Artswork (multi-arts focus)

  • Taking the Anxiety out of Performance - Gregory Daubney MSc MBPsS and Dr Alison Daubney City (multi-arts focus)

  • #BeWell – Creative Arts and the Impact on Wellbeing - Emma Collins, Our Future City (multi-arts focus)

  • Routes to Creative and Cultural Industries - Donna Close (multi-arts focus)

  • Trauma and the Arts - Darren Abrahams (multi-arts focus)

  • Dream and Build: Engaging young people with creativity to build confidence and learning - Same Sky (visual art focus)

  • Conversation Point: Using Photography in the Classroom - Annis Joslin/Photoworks (multi-arts focus)

  • New City Wide Drama Initiative – Naomi Alexander, Brighton People's Theatre (drama focus)

Plus, twilight session from 3.30pm-5pm

  • Is Music in the curriculum facing extinction? Mapping music education provision in English Secondary schools 2012-2016/17 - Dr Alison Daubney and Duncan Mackrill, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Sussex

For full workshop details please visit Our Future City Joint Practice Development Day 2018 Page.


Please note there is no parking for delegates on site. There is on street pay parking, but we recommend using public transport. Bus routes 24, 26 and 46 will bring you from Churchill Square in the city centre to Varndean School. The main entrance to the school is on Balfour Road (just off Ditchling Road).

Disabled Access

The main driveway leading to reception (Balfour Road entrance) has a number of level access entry points as well as ramped entry points into the buildings. There is a Stannah stair lift for main hall access. There are lifts between floors to all of the workshop spaces.


Tea and coffee are provided for delegates. Lunch can be purchased from the school canteen with the following options, or delegates can bring a packed lunch.


Local mackerel fishcake with salsa verde, new potatoes, and a panache of green vegetables £1.80

Chicken, spinach and okra Balti, garlic and coriander naan, brown or white steamed rice £1.80

Pasta with ratatouille and basil sauce with rocket, avocado and olive salad £1.80

Warm raspberry, lemon curd and oat muffin £0.85

Fresh fruit pots £0.85

We look forward to seeing you there!

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