Resources for school staff

Resources for school staff

Teaching weeks

  • NMPAT teaching weeks 2019 to 2020 (PDF 443KB)

Centre opening weeks

  • Regional Music and Performing Arts Centre opening weeks 2019 to 2020 (PDF 281KB)

Sample letters for lesson administration

You can download sample letters from this page to assist in the administration of lessons in your school. All letters are ready for you to add to your school stationary and input your own details. Please do check that details highlighted in yellow have been personalised for your school.

General lesson administration

Suggested promotional leaflet with contractual information to issue to all students receiving instrumental tuition:

Enquire whether a child wishes to continue with tuition next term or year:

Request for payment:

Please let us know if you would like to see a specific sample letter here.

First Access projects

Ten Piece Plus resources

NMPAT has co-commisioned resources to support schools working with the BBC Ten Pieces initiative.

Secondary Ten Pieces Plus is a resource for Secondary Schools to help them get the most out of the BBC Ten Pieces initiative.

Commissioned by a consortium of Hubs, led by Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, these resources have been written by Chris Hiscock, Hilary Miles, Peter Hunt and Deena Day and have been edited by Sue Nicholls.

There are ten stand-alone units, one based on each of the pieces, containing:

  • Teacher pages:
    • Context
    • Musical ingredients
    • Learning activities summary
    • KS3 music curriculum links
    • Key Learning
    • Related listening examples
    • Possible links with other subjects
    • Learning activities – teacher notes
    • Teacher resources (worksheets, scores, etc.)
  • Pupil pages (worksheets, etc.)
  • Additional MP3 files as appropriate

The resources have been reproduced on a single DVD and copies will be circulated to all Northamptonshire and Rutland Secondary Schools as part of our strategy to support curriculum Music at KS3.

You can get an idea of the scope of the resources from these sample pages:

Colleagues from other Hubs and individuals are welcome to purchase copies at £12 each plus a small charge for postage and packing. If you would like to order, please contact

Ten Pieces Plus Primary was commissioned in 2015 and circulated free to all of the Primary Schools in Northamptonshire and Rutland. Copies of the Ten Pieces Plus Primary Resource are still available at a cost of £10 each, plus postage and packing.

Hubs wishing to purchase for all of their Primary Schools are invited to make contact to discuss a bulk purchase at a considerable reduction. Please contact

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

Online digital resources: Charanga

NMPAT continues to be a premier partner of Charanga and are able to offer all Northamptonshire and Rutland schools access to Charanga’s award-winning Musical School programme. 

Musical School is a living cloud-based resource that brings together great music, modern pedagogy and the latest educational technology. It supports all aspects of music in school including the new music curriculum, as well as providing children and their families with opportunities to continue learning and exploring music at home through Music World.

Musical School is available through NMPAT at a discounted rate of £195 per year. You can sign up for a 30 day trial period before ordering.

NMEH secondary baseline assessment resource – moving into KS3

A new NMEH resource for secondary teachers that includes:

Additional resources – Calypso

Additional resources – we are marching

Composition competitions

Our current composition project is {insert}. You can also find all of our previous composition competitions and their resources.

CPD training courses

We deliver these courses to cover every key stage and part of the national curriculum. Also includes the Certificate for Music Educators.

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