Classic FM Searches for the UK's Most Inspirational Music Teachers
CLASSIC FM is once again scouring classrooms the width and
breadth of the UK to find the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year
2006. The award, presented in association with Yamaha and
Sibelius, seeks to recognise and reward the work being undertaken by
classroom music teachers
across the country. The 2 top music teachers, one from a primary and
one from a secondary school, will win thousands of pounds worth of
Yamaha musical instruments, a multimedia computer and Sibelius
software, used in the notation of music. 8 runners up will win
multimedia PCs running Sibelius music
notation software for their schools.
The soprano Katherine Jenkins, who will present the winning teachers
with their prizes, has backed the competition, saying:- "I
used to be a singing teacher myself and I also had a bunch of great
music teachers at school like Mrs Howells and Miss Brown who helped
me along the path to becoming a singer. I know how important a good
music teacher can be and that's why I'm getting behind Classic FM's
Music Teacher of the Year."
Speaking about the award, Classic FM Station Manager Darren Henley
said:- "Classroom music teachers are often the unsung heroes
of the staffroom. The Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Award
seeks to reward the efforts of those music teachers that go the
extra mile by inspiring the next generation of music-makers."
Last year, Helen Cowan from Tapton School in Sheffield was named the
Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year and Kim Denman from St Peters
Primary School in Mansfield the runner-up.
Nominations for this year's competition are currently being invited,
with entry forms available for download via the station's
The closing date for entries is Friday, 26 April 2006 and judges will be
looking for entries that demonstrate the difference their music
teacher has made to the musical life of their school.
Citizens urged to get involved in North West community decisions
LOCAL issues are of key importance to citizens across the
North West, according to a new opinion poll published this week by
the Home Office. The majority of those surveyed as part of the
Government's Together We Can campaign (73%) want to see change in
their local area, with 56% believing that being able to influence
decisions locally is more important than doing so nationally. 60% of
those in the North West are prepared to invest the time necessary to
However, when it comes to taking on a more formal role (being a
member of a pressure group, magistrate, special constable, school
governor or local councillor), just 8% of people have done so, as
many wrongly believe that such positions require specific skills and
Home Office Minister Hazel Blears said:- "We know that the
single most important factor that puts people off
engaging with public bodies is the belief that they won't be able to
make any difference, but this is simply not the case. Together We
Can is all about creating ways for people to engage with their
communities and make that difference. Government and
communities will be more effective when they work together to tackle
the problems we face in our society. Our research shows that many
people want to influence their local community. What we'd urge
people to do now is act."
The poll also shows that many people opt not to take part in their
local community because of misconceptions of what the roles require.
46% of those questioned wrongly thought that only parents could
governors, while 49% did not know that magistrates do not require
law qualifications, or that local councillors do not need political
Once these misconceptions are dispelled, it seems that enthusiasm
for taking on a more formal role is on the rise. The survey reveals
that 46% of adults are keen to get more involved in local decision
making, with the majority interested in becoming a magistrate.
The poll was unveiled by Hazel Blears at the Together We Can event
in Birmingham this week, during which the she called for people to
step forward and get involved in local decision making, no matter
what their background, skills or experience.