CPD Training and Certificate for Music Educators

CPD courses for school staff

NMPAT is delivering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for school teachers to help develop all areas of professional practice. These are designed to cover all key stages and every aspect of the curriculum.

Designed by Deputy Head Chris Hiscock, these courses will be delivered by Chris or leading practitioners from the world of music education to help develop the workforce in Northamptonshire and Rutland.

Tea and coffee is provided , however, where courses are a full day, please bring your own lunch.  Courses take place at NMPAT, 125 Kettering Road, Northampton, NN1 4AZ.

Please see the tab below for more information.  More courses will be added to this page once confirmed.

Presented by Sue Nicholls and suitable for all key stages, this course aims to support subject leaders with current developments in music education e.g the Model Music Curriculum and use practical activities and new approaches to inform best practice.

Date: Tuesday 9th November 2021

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

Cost: £80

Venue: NMPAT, Northampton

Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

Booking is via an online application form:

Schools will be invoiced on receipt of a booking form and payment is due prior to the date of the course.

Presented by Sue Nicholls and aimed specifically at EYFS teachers, this course will enable you to plan, initiate and develop musical activities that develop communication and language skills, and will provide resources and strategies to deliver music activities with understanding and confidence. 

Date: Tuesday 16th November 2021

Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Cost: £60

Venue: NMPAT, Northampton

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Booking is via an online application form:

Schools will be invoiced on receipt of a booking form and payment is due prior to the date of the course.

FREE Primary Music CPD

Presented by Sue Nicholls

NMPAT in partnership with other East Midlands Hubs (MEHEM) have commissioned and produced three short Continuing Professional Development videos to support generalist primary teachers in their planning and delivery of composing activities in the Music National Curriculum.

All three CPD videos are FREE to Northamptonshire primary schools.

Below is a short trailer which provides an overview of each video, followed by a link to the MEHEM website where you will find the individual videos.   To view the videos you will require a pass code. To obtain a pass code, please email the NMPAT office:

The three training videos are delivered by Sue Nicholls, a national leader in primary music education, an experienced trainer with a national reputation and author of a huge range of publications for Collins and other publishers.


Road to Recovery

In  June 2021, virtual twilight CPD sessions were held to provide an opportunity to learn, collaborate, and engage with music educators just like you.  

The keynote speech was given by Mark Phillips Senior HMI (Ofsted) on ‘Why just ‘doing’ music isn’t enough’.  Additional workshops included body percussion with Beat Goes On, beatboxing basics, music tech in the primary classroom and an interactive, energising and joyful singing session led by award-winning choral director, Charles MacDougall. 

Resources from the event are available here: 


Moving towards Music Leadership 2021

This is an intensive 4-day virtual training course for teachers, teacher trainees and adults who work in primary schools. Applicants would be expected to have some musical skill and demonstrate an interest in becoming a music subject leader or undertaking a refresh of the role.

The four seminars will be delivered as a series of videos and webinars, timetabled for Saturdays, to avoid clashes with work commitments.:

Saturday 8th May 9.30am – 4.00pm
Saturday 15th May 9.30am – 4.00pm
Saturday 12th June 9.30am – 4.00pm
Saturday 19th June 9.30am – 4.00pm

A place on this programme for a teacher or adult working in school will incur a £195 fee, which includes all materials. Feedback shows that past participants recognised the value of this intensive training as a way of expanding and embedding their specialist teaching skills, enhancing their CVs and improving chances of employment and promotion!

The seminars offer participants a wide range of resources and materials, pedagogical approaches and opportunities to develop greater personal musicianship. There will also be information on the latest reports and initiatives in music education, including detailed preparation for Ofsted ‘Deep Dive’ inspections: there is also an emphasis on developing as a reflective practitioner.

Certificates are awarded on completion of the module.


Please email Sue Nicholls:

You will be sent a short questionnaire to complete and return. This information will help tutors to assess your suitability and build up a picture of your musical ‘history’, skills, experience, interests… and aspirations!

For further details and queries, please contact Sue Nicholls:

The comments below are from last year’s delegates:

‘Excellent, usable ideas for the real classroom with real children: practical and inspirational!’

‘The tutors are amazingly supportive and make you believe that you are capable of anything! At school I felt lost and alone, but these four weeks have taught me how to be much more efficient practitioner and given me the confidence to take hold of the role and make it mine!’

‘I have found it very useful to have such an engaging, hands-on experience. The resources provided are brilliant and cover a wide range of aspects for music leadership. It has been interesting to use technology. The tutors have been fantastic and imparted so much knowledge. Thank you for a wonderful experience.’

‘A fantastic course that should continue forever! I have learned so much regarding music technology, how to support music to colleagues who lack interest and how to structure a great lesson. Superb resources provided.’

Certificate for Music Educators

The Certificate for Music Educators (Trinity CME) is a brand new qualification for music educators working with children and young people in the UK. It is designed to enable music educators to gain recognition for their work while benefiting from opportunities to develop their practice.

Who is the CME for?

The Certificate for Music Educators CME) is a level 4 qualification suitable for anyone who works as a music educator, including instrumental and vocal teachers, early years and primary teachers, community musicians and workshop leaders and professional musicians who undertake education work.

Where can I find out more?

Music Education Hubs East Midlands (MEHEM) CME course

For musicians and practitioners without formal teaching qualifications

City of Peterborough CME Centre programme

A “fast-track” course, for those working in primary settings, or as community musicians, who wish to undertake training to hone their knowledge, skills and understanding of primary provision and delivery of the National Curriculum for music.

The entire CME offer will be virtual, delivered via a series of webinars, videos and online tutorials. This training therefore can be undertaken by ‘distance learners’.

For further information, contact Chris Hiscock, Deputy Head: Curriculum, Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust.

"All children should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument"

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