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3,000 Derby and Derbyshire pupils played alongside the Hallé Orchestra
21 Jun
Three thousand school children from across Derbyshire sang the new Derbyshire Song and played their Wider Opportunities instruments with one of the UK’s finest orchestras at the Derby Arena on 20 June. The pupils had been learning to play their instruments since last September through the Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership's Wider Opportunities programme, a 30-week teaching course which helps primary schools to deliver the National Plan for Music Education to Key Stage 2 pupils. They performed in two pieces alongside the Hallé in two concerts: Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers and Pérez Prado’s Mambo No.5. Jayne Briggs, from the Music Partnership said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for everyone who has been taking part in Wider Opportunities this year to join in and experience playing with a professional orchestra in a large arena. “The Hallé Orchestra is made up of some of the finest musicians in the world and it is a real privilege to have been able to arrange this very special day for all the children.” Tickets for the two concerts were completely sold out within three days of release.
Services for Schools Pop-up Surgery at the Annual Conference for Deputy and Assistant Headteachers and also Senior Teachers in Small Schools
14 Jun
Have you booked your space yet for the Annual Conference for Deputy and Assistant Headteachers and also Senior Teachers in Small Schools on the 6th July? The Derbyshire Services for Schools team will be at the event - why not come and say hello during the breaks. Are you a new user of the Derbyshire Services for Schools system? Would you like to know how much your school spent on traded services last year? Do you want to run a report to see a full training history for your school? Have you got any questions about our range of services? Do you want to know how to get the most out of the Services for Schools website? If you answered "YES" to any of the questions above and you are a delegate at the conference then come and see us at our stand at the Annual Conference for Deputy and Assistant Headteachers and also Senior Teachers in Small Schools on the 6th July at the Hayes in Swanwick. Click the link below to book your space for the conference
Derbyshire Services for Schools Survey: 2018
13 Jun
How are we doing? What can we change? How can we improve? The 2018 Derbyshire Services for Schools survey is now live Your feedback has always been vitally important to Derbyshire Services for Schools, helping us shape and improve the programme and alerting us to important issues we’d otherwise miss. Every year we produce an annual survey, which is designed to capture the thoughts and opinions of Derbyshire Schools and Academies in relation to traded services and training. Results from the survey provide the core of our development plan for the year ahead and allows us to focus on the issues which genuinely matter to you. The 2018 survey is now available, and is open to anyone involved in the purchase or use of traded services from Derbyshire or with access to the Derbyshire Services for Schools site. You can find the survey by clicking here. If there is anyone in your school who would like to contribute to the survey, please just forward the survey link to them ( We’ve simplified the survey this year. Rather than ask for feedback about every traded service provider, we’ve decided to focus our questions on your overall opinions of Derbyshire Services for Schools, your use of the site and how you’d like to see things change in future. These changes should make the survey easier and – more importantly – quicker to complete! The closing date for the survey is Friday 2nd August 2018. As always, if you have any questions or comments about the survey – or any other aspect of the Derbyshire Services for Schools programme – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We look forward to receiving your feedback!