Our first National CânSing Day - [23/06/2011]

Many thanks to everyone who took part in our first National CânSing Day on June 21st! Thousands of children and young people took part; we already know that there were events in Conwy, Denbighshire, Wrexham, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Bleanau Gwent, Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot and are collating reports from these and other events to share with you all in a special edition of the bulletin which will be issued shortly. Please email your photos, videos & reports to suzanne.barnes@continyou.org.uk  so that we can share your achievements.

We were also very pleased with the coverage we had in the media, in particular items on

 

BBC Radio Cymru (http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b0121lg7/ 19mins in),

BBC Radio Wales (http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b011jw75/ - 37 mins into broadcast) 

S4C news on the programme at 19.30 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/welsh/hi/newsid_9510000/newsid_9519100/9519179.stm).

 

If you are aware of other coverage in the local or national printed press please let us know as we may not be aware of it all, particularly in the local newspapers.

Again, sincere thanks to everyone involved in making National CânSing Day such a massive success, especially our 5 Animateurs. Let's hope it's the first of many!
 
Suzanne Barnes
Project Manager
CânSing pilot praised - [14/06/2011]

As many of you know, the CânSing pilot has recently undergone an independent evaluation. The People and Work Unit (PWU) was commissioned to carry out this task, which they did with great enthusiasm and professionalism. The evaluation results are very positive. The PWU found that:

91% of teachers who participated in the training during the pilot indicated that they expected the toolkit to have a positive impact on their teaching and pupils’ learning. Many staff commented on the user-friendliness of thetoolkit.

Approximately 95% agreed that the content of the training was specific to their needs on both training days. The fun and interactive aspect of the training was reported to have had a motivational effect on staff.

90% of survey respondents said that they were more confident in delivering singing activities. The evaluation states that there is ‘strong evidence of its effectiveness and popularity with both schools and children and young people within the programme; there is therefore a strong case for maintaining the programme.’

We are delighted with these results, and they confirm what we, as the team delivering the programme, have seen throughout the pilot. We have used the evaluation as the basis for our proposal to The Department for Education and Skills to continue CânSing beyond the pilot. We eagerly await the Minister’s decision, which we are expecting shortly. We will, of course, make an announcement as soon as possible, but for now watch this space…

In the meantime, we are holding our first National CânSing Day on Tuesday, 21 June. Schools involved in the CânSing pilot are invited to celebrate their achievements on this day. Schools across Wales will be bringing pupils together and uniting voices, by using the  CânSing resources. We are delighted that so many schools are taking up this opportunity to celebrate their achievements with CânSing. It demonstrates the success of the pilot, and we are confident that the experience will have a lasting impression on both teachers and children, and will encourage them to use their voices today and well into the future.

We hope that National CânSing Day will become an annual event that enables schools to showcase their success.

For more information about CânSing, or to find out about local celebrations, please email suzanne.barnes@continyou.org.uk.

 

 

National CânSing Day - Tuesday 21 June 2011 - [06/05/2011]

National CânSing Day - Tuesday 21 June 2011

 All schools who've participated in the CânSing pilot are being invited to participate in a day of celebration.

National CânSing Day will be held on Tuesday 21 June 2011 – to coincide with World Music Day! Schools who have participated in the programme will receive an e-pack of brand new materials including new songs, support materials, warm-ups, posters, etc and much more.

Also, we would like to encourage all schools to organise events to celebrate their involvement in the programme. Schools have already had discussions about how they might develop these plans including everything from individual class sessions to larger cluster or local authority events.

The five CânSing Animateurs are available on the day to work with local authorities on request. Please note that these will be agreed on a first come, first served basis so please submit your requests by email without delay (suzanne.barnes@continyou.org.uk) to avoid disappointment.

We hope to arrange press coverage for the various events – possibly including radio and TV broadcasts – again, if you would be interested in hosting something of this nature please notify me as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing about all your imaginative ways to celebrate CânSing!

With best wishes

 Suzanne Barnes
CânSing Project Manager

Latest News - [16/02/2011]

As you are aware, CânSing is a pilot project, and we have commissioned the People and Work Unit to evaluate the programme and assess the impact it has made. Any further funding from the Welsh Assembly Government to roll out the programme across Wales will depend on the results of this independent evaluation and therefore your involvement is vital.

Please follow the link below and complete the survey online as soon as possible:

Online survey for school staff (such as teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and deputy headteachers) ENGLISH language: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5JYMKRX

Online survey for schools staff (such as teachers, teachering assistants, headteachers and deputy headteachers) WELSHlanguage: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8MLLLVG

Online survey for local authorities (such as LA co-ordinators, Music Service leads) ENGLISH language: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8DS3JTG

Online survey for local authorities (such as LA co-ordinators, Music Service leads) WELSH language: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LLLJJPX

Many thanks

 

Suzanne Barnes

CânSing Project Manager

CânSing is a national singing development programme - [09/02/2011]

CânSing is a national singing development programme pilot, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government (Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills), managed by ContinYou Cymru, and supported by a national advisory group.

 

This advisory group, which was established to steer the project,includes representatives from primary, secondary and special schools, music advisors, music services and representatives fromDCELLS and the Arts Council ofWales (ACW).

 

 The aim of the pilot project is to raise the standard of singing in schools across Wales by delivering high-quality training and resources for teachers and learners in Key Stages 2 and 3, especially for Years 5, 6 and 7. In addition, CânSing aims to promote the use of singing as a vehicle for building confidence and self-esteem, improving literacy and increasing community engagement.

 

 The pilot commenced in July 2009 and CânSing has been developing ‘behind the scenes’ since then – designing, developing and triallingthe training programme and a wealth of cutting-edge resources, which are currently being rolled out to teachers across Wales.

The training is available to 24 teachers per local authority, and will be delivered on a cluster basis to support transition links. Each participating school receives two training days and additional support from a professional singing Animateur, provided locally.

 

The CânSing launch (30.09.2010) represents an opportunity to showcase the resources and demonstrate public support for the programme and its achievements so far. To date, teachers from Flintshire, Gwynedd, Ynys Mon, Carmarthenshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Powys have received training and are already using the resources. Following the launch, the programme will be offered to every local authority in Wales.

Schools that wish to be considered for participation in this pilot should contact their local Music Curriculum Adviser or Music Service Lead, who will influence which 24 schools will

be selected in each area.

 

For further information, please visit www.cansing.org.ukor email suzanne.barnes@continyou.org.uk.

Best wishes, Suzanne Barnes,

CânSing Project Manager,

ContinYou Cymru

CânSing e-newsletter - February 2011 - [09/02/2011]

 

CânSing e-newsletter - February 2011

The CânSing e-newsletter is now available and ready to be downloaded from the ContinYou Cymru website.

In this month's e-newsletter:

  • CânSing news
  • spotlight on Jennifer Walker
  • good practice example from Ysgol Heol Goffa
  • dates, facts and figures.
 Download the CanSing e-newsletter in English (pdf.419KB).
 Download the CanSing e-newsletter in Welsh (pdf.452KB).
Article in TES Cymru - [28/01/2011]

See link to the article regarding CânSing in TES Cymru this week.

http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6068711

CânSing is a national singing development programme pilot - [29/09/2010]

CânSing is a national singing development programme pilot, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government (Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills), managed by ContinYou Cymru, and supported by a national advisory group.

 

This advisory group, which was established to steer the project,includes representatives from primary, secondary and special schools, music advisors, music services and representatives fromDCELLS and the Arts Council ofWales (ACW).

 

 The aim of the pilot project is to raise the standard of singing in schools across Wales by delivering high-quality training and resources for teachers and learners in Key Stages 2 and 3, especially for Years 5, 6 and 7. In addition, CânSing aims to promote the use of singing as a vehicle for building confidence and self-esteem, improving literacy and increasing community engagement.

 

 The pilot commenced in July 2009 and CânSing has been developing ‘behind the scenes’ since then – designing, developing and triallingthe training programme and a wealth of cutting-edge resources, which are currently being rolled out to teachers across Wales.

The training is available to 24 teachers per local authority, and will be delivered on a cluster basis to support transition links. Each participating school receives two training days and additional support from a professional singing Animateur, provided locally.

 

The CânSing launch (30.09.2010) represents an opportunity to showcase the resources and demonstrate public support for the programme and its achievements so far. To date, teachers from Flintshire, Gwynedd, Ynys Mon, Carmarthenshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Powys have received training and are already using the resources. Following the launch, the programme will be offered to every local authority in Wales.

Schools that wish to be considered for participation in this pilot should contact their local Music Curriculum Adviser or Music Service Lead, who will influence which 24 schools will

be selected in each area.

 

For further information, please visit www.cansing.org.ukor email suzanne.barnes@continyou.org.uk.

Best wishes, Suzanne Barnes,

CânSing Project Manager,

ContinYou Cymru

Updating the content - [16/06/2010]

  

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Only Men Aloud’s Aled Powys Williams holds singing workshop at Cefn Cribwr Primary School - [05/06/2010]

Aled Powys Williams aelod o Only Men Aloud yn cynnal gweithdy yn Ysgol gynradd Cefn Cribwr

Darllen mwy http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/south-wales-news/bridgend-maesteg/2011/05/19/only-men-aloud-s-aled-powys-williams-holds-singing-workshop-at-cefn-cribwr-primary-school-91466-28719612/#ixzz1NMrLUn8Q