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International Study Programmes (I.S.P.)

CHELTENHAM, United Kingdom
  • English
  • not defined by institute
  • 30th June, 2018 - 7th July, 2018

Educators from all countries are invited to attend these courses, which are aimed at those who teach music in primary or secondary schools and music advisers.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: The course aims to provide teachers with:

an insight into the teaching of Music in Britain (primary or secondary level) an opportunity to compare the teaching of Music in different European countries, to exchange ideas and develop links with teachers from other European countries

an introduction to CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning)

new ideas for teaching music


1. Lecture and Discussion on the Teaching of Music in Britain at primary and secondary level.

2. A day visit to a primary or secondary school – observe assembly, music lessons and extra-curricular activities. Opportunity for discussion with teachers. 3. A variety of practical workshops on teaching music such as Taiko Drumming. 4. Discussion comparing the Teaching of Music in the different countries represented – national education policies, curriculum, materials, methods, standards, assessment, extra-curricular activities, teaching musical instruments, orchestras, choirs, etc.

5. Exchange of teaching ideas.

6. A day workshop on C.L.I.L. (Content and Language Integrated Learning) at secondary level focusing on Music.

7. Visit Gustav Holst’s Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham.

8. Visit Gloucester Academy of Music (extra-curricular music for primary & secondary school pupils).

9. Attend Choral Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral.

10. Attendance at 3 concerts/ events of the Cheltenham Music Festival. LOCATION: CHELTENHAM, England: Population: 108,000; 98 miles (157 kilometres) west of London (2¼ hours by rail) Cheltenham is an elegant spa town, situated on the edge of the Cotswold Hills, which are famous for their picturesque stone villages. Cheltenham is known for its Regency architecture, colourful parks and gardens and it has many attractive residential areas. The Cheltenham course will take place during THE CHELTENHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL, one of the most prestigious Music Festivals in the UK, with performances by world-class musicians. Concerts ranging from Early and Classical Music to modern orchestral works and folk songs take place in a variety of venues, including historic settings such as the Pittville Pump Room and Tewkesbury Abbey. Imperial Gardens in the town centre comes alive with outdoor musical performances during festival weekends.


The Manor, Hazleton, Cheltenham, GL54 4EB, UK

Tel: 00 44 1451 860379 Fax: 00 44 1451 860482


TOTAL PRICE: 1526 Euro comprises:

(a) COURSE FEE: to include: Full programme of study sessions and visits as itemised above. NB. Participants are responsible for paying their own daily transport costs, including transport to primary & secondary schools Optional visits are not included in the price.

(b) HOST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION: to include: Full board accommodation with a local family (inclusive of registration fee): 8 nights (Teachers may request to be the only guest of their mother tongue or to stay in the same family as a colleague). Host families are carefully selected and offer a friendly welcome and opportunities to chat and learn more about life in Britain today. Participants often find that the experience of staying with a host family is one of the most memorable aspects of the course.

Accommodation is in single rooms (unless participants request to share). Breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal are provided by the host family. (Food allergies, likes and dislikes are taken into account.)

Please note that many of the suitable residential areas are not within walking distance of the town centre, and most host families are an easy bus ride from the town centre/tuition centre.

Local transport from host families to the town centre and local schools is at the participants’ own expense and is likely to cost 15-30 Euro per week. Additional nights with host families can be arranged, giving participants extra time for individual research and visits.

Accommodation can be provided for family members (but not unaccompanied children) subject to availability. (Rates on request).

PAYMENT: Full payment will be due 2 months before the course begins, or for teachers awaiting funding – as soon as the grant is received. Cancellation charges apply for cancellations 4 weeks or less before the course commences. 3-4 weeks before arrival: cancellation fee: 380 Euros.

No refund for cancellations within 3 weeks of arrival. Applicants are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance.

TRAVEL: Transport at the beginning and end of the course is not provided and International Study Programmes regrets that it is unable to assist with travel arrangements. The most convenient airports: Heathrow (direct National Express Coach to Cheltenham), Birmingham (rail to Cheltenham) or Bristol (airport bus then rail to Cheltenham). If arriving at other airports, travel to the course location is generally via central London by coach or rail.

For enquiries and timetables:

National Express Coach: 0044-871 781 81 81

Rail: 0044-871 244 15 45

There is also a useful website which will assist in planning a journey within the UK using every form of transport.


INTERNATIONAL STUDY PROGRAMMES has over 30 years' experience in designing teacher development courses for European Ministries of Education, teacher-training institutes and schools and has a well-founded reputation for providing quality courses.

ISP is an experienced provider of European Union funded programmes in the UK. As a course provider with many courses in the former Comenius Database and now in cooperation with many Erasmus+ funded schools, ISP has successfully arranged a wide variety of courses for thousands of European teachers funded by the European Union.

ISP offers an unusually wide variety of teacher development courses, not only for teachers of English and CLIL but also for teachers of other subjects including science, music, art and drama as well as for headteachers and inspectors, in a wide variety of locations in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Each course is designed to meet the training needs of specific types of teachers.

ERASMUS+ GRANTS: Schools may apply for Erasmus+: Key Action 1 funding for their teachers to attend courses in the UK. (Individual teachers may no longer apply for grants.) Teachers with Erasmus+ funding and those paying with their own or other funds are welcome to apply for listed ISP courses. ISP is also pleased to design tailor-made courses to meet the needs of closed groups of teachers from one school.

The annual Erasmus+ deadline is 2 February 2017 for courses starting 1 June 2017 – 31 December 2018, and in February 2018 for courses starting 1 June 2018 – 31 December 2019. Schools should first register on-line to obtain a Personal Identification Code (PIC) number for the school.

Applications for funding should then be made on-line to applicants’ National Agency for Erasmus+. International Study Programmes will be happy to help with information and advice for your school’s Erasmus+ application.

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