Learners will use a learning journal throughout the duration of the programme to reflect on the effectiveness of their teaching and how they have improved in their own subject knowledge and practice.

Guided learning hours: 35 | Credits: 5

1. Be able to improve personal effectiveness through reflective practice

Assessment criteria:

  • 1.1 Compare models of reflective practice
  • 1.2 Explain the importance of reflective practice to improve performance
  • 1.3 Use reflective practice and feedback from others to improve own performance
  • 1.4 Evaluate how own practice has developed and improved through:
    a. reflection on best practice
    b. reflection on challenges, failures and mistakes

2. Understand how own role fits into the broader music education context

Assessment criteria:

  • 2.1 Explain how own role fits into the broader music education context
  • 2.2 Identify opportunities for progression in own role and in wider creative, cultural and education contexts

3. Understand the principles of professional development

Assessment criteria:

  • 3.1 Explain the importance of continually improving own knowledge and practice in music and music education
  • 3.2 Explain how to overcome potential barriers to professional development, for example cost, time, and access
  • 3.3 Compare the use of different sources and systems of support for professional development
  • 3.4 Explain factors to consider when selecting opportunities and activities for keeping knowledge and practice up to date

4. Be able to prioritise goals and targets for own professional development

Assessment criteria:

  • 4.1 Evaluate own knowledge and performance against professional standards and benchmarks
  • 4.2 Prioritise development goals and targets to meet:
    a. expected standards of practice
    b. the needs of those who are likely to participate in musical learning
    c. current needs in music education provision

5. Be able to prepare a personal professional development plan

Assessment criteria:

  • 5.1 Select learning opportunities to meet development objectives and reflect personal learning style
  • 5.2 Produce a plan for own professional development, using an appropriate source of support
  • 5.3 Establish processes to evaluate effectiveness of the plan

6. Be able to adapt to changing roles and contexts in music education

Assessment criteria:

  • 6.1 Use personal development and reflective practice to respond and adapt to:
    a. meet the needs of those who participate in musical learning
    b. align with changing roles and contexts within music education