Alison Cooper-White

  • Name Alison Cooper-White
  • School / Setting Churchill Academy
  • Phase Supported Secondary
  • Subject Specialism Music

I started teaching in 1991 at King Alfred’s School in Somerset where I taught Music for 3 years. I then took up the post of Director of Music at Churchill Academy in 1994 – my current post. I took a sabbatical in 1996 and used this time to work at a local school in Zambia teaching music to infant, primary and secondary school children.

I became on AST (advanced skills teacher) in 2006 and this allowed me to work alongside other Music Departments within the Local Authority and the South West.

Through this work, I helped staff to address the challenges of the new national curriculum for music, and although this was a number of years ago now, I find that the focus on pedagogy that this strategy outlined has really helped to shape me as a leader in teaching and learning. I really feel that through a facilitating and coaching approach I have been able to direct change for individuals and departments.

I have developed considerable resources that I have shared digitally and through hard copy. I have also shared pedagogy to help raise attainment through observing learning, enquiry based learning and creative thinking.

Specialism specific and generic skills:

  • The use of (music) Technology in the Music Classroom to nurture inclusivity
  • BTEC Music Technology (level1 and 2 – next generation award)
  • Embedding an ethos of choice within a scheme of work
  • Large and small scale productions/event (planning, delivery and review)
  • Collaborative planning using google docs within the classroom
  • Observing Learning
  • Enquiry based learning in Arts subjects
  • 8 Way thinking to promote creativity and originality