Category Archives: Progression

Assessment and Coffee

Those nice people over at MusicMark have made available a piece I wrote for secondary school music teachers wherein I reflect on one of the common issues with assessment I am asked about, that of progression. In it I respond … Continue reading

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A short blog in which I worry about ‘flightpaths’

I’ve been wondering about ‘flightpaths’ (just google them if you don’t know!) and ‘expected progress’ recently. Two questions strike me: Are flightpaths just NC levels by another name? What progress can we expect? How do we know? This relates to … Continue reading

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More on spiral curricula

Having written the previous blog about spiral curricula, I was reminded by Luton music teachers, and by Dr Lis McCullough, that a spiral curriculum also exists in the Charanga course. So thanks to both. Here is the image in question: … Continue reading

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On linear progress and spiral curricula

This blog should be referenced in part to a conversation I had with one of my doctoral students, Anthony Anderson, in a supervision recently. Something he said made me have one of those random, wild, thoughts concerning the difficulties of … Continue reading

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In which a worry about progress in music education at KS3 turns out to be a worry about lack of CPD

Like the idée fixe running through Berlioz’s symphonie fantastique, the notion of progression in music education at KS3 keeps worrying me. And maybe, a bit like Berlioz’s hero, it is turning me a tad loopy in the process! I am … Continue reading

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It depends on what you mean by…. Defining our terms in assessment

I have been worrying a lot recently – and not so recently in fact – about the meanings of words. In particular these sets of words have been giving me sleepless nights: Set 1: Assessment Evaluation Measurement Set 2: Attainment … Continue reading

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Assessment and Progression: More Journeying Metaphors

Recently I gave a talk for Birmingham music teachers on assessment and progression, which drew on many of the things I have written about both in this blog and elsewhere. As it contained some more developed ideas I thought it … Continue reading

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Progress and Progression – Micro Assessment of a Performing Unit

I wrote in my last blog about possible ways in which the progress of an individual might be assessed. In this blog I want to problematise notions of progress and progression. For the purposes of this discussion I wish to … Continue reading

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Assessment and Progression – Mapping Progression

I’ve been thinking a great deal recently about progression in music education. I’ve written a lot in the past about how the National Curriculum levels are not, and never were, fit for this purpose. In this blog I outline a suggestion … Continue reading

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