055: Growing with Gratitude

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Growing with Gratitude – Learn how to change the culture of your school & classroom.


The Growing With Gratitude Program aims to help teachers, students and families easily develop the habits of gratitude, kindness and mindfulness that have been identified as the stepping stones to greater happiness and success.

Teaching children these skills as early as possible in their journey helps them develop greater resilience, builds their emotional and physical wellbeing, and promotes positive thoughts and habits.

The program is based around learning the Five Habits of Happiness, and can be completed by children in every primary year level with their teachers or with their parents at home (see the Families page for more information on the Home Grown Gratitude program designed especially for parents).


LISA AVERY is a positive psychologist, with over a decade of experience in educational settings. She’s particularly passionate about empowering young people through positive psychology, helping them uncover previously hidden strengths and tap into deep reserves of resilience.

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054: Funding Music Education in your school with UCan Play

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Jonathan Savage is Managing Director of UCan Play and we talk about Funding Music Education in your school.

We discuss the benefits of working in partnerships and making the most of the opportunities around you both on a local level and through the internet.

Jonathan has great experience from his role as Chair of Trustees for The Love Music Trust music hub in Cheshire. He has enjoyed a long career in music education, working for two high schools and co-leading the largest PGCE course in the UK at Manchester Metropolitan University.

He is a published author and editor having written for Routledge, the Open University Press and Sage.




Follow the links below to find out more about Jonathan and get his guide to Funding Music Education.

Twitter @jpjsavage

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053: Events made easy with TryBooking

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TryBooking is UK’s most innovative event ticketing, booking and registration platform. We provide an all in one system that helps you manage everything online.



Streamline your events by selling tickets online.


Create smart forms with custom questions and online payments.


Grow your business with online bookings.


Build a stronger community with events and online donations.

Here is a few examples of how schools use us:
1.  Parent Teacher Meetings:  http://www.trybooking.co.uk/404
2.  Nativity Concerts with Open Seating:  http://www.trybooking.co.uk/2132
3.  Concert with Seating Plan in Tiered section only:  http://www.trybooking.co.uk/2138
4.  School Trips: Trip to an Aquarium:  http://www.trybooking.co.uk/1256
5.  Fundraising eg Quiz Nights:  http://www.trybooking.co.uk/2100
6.  Fundraising eg Masked ball at a Prep School:  http://www.trybooking.co.uk/nw
All details about our costs:  https://www.trybooking.co.uk/pricing/
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052: Live classical music in schools with Apollo Music Projects

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Apollo Music Projects brings live classical music to children who might not otherwise experience it. Over 13 years, more than 8,600 children have experienced the magic of live performance from classroom to concert hall, culminating in the thrilling spectacle of a full orchestra in concert.

I talk to David Chernaik about how this project was brought to life 13 years ago and how it has positively affected 8600 children.

The 3 main ways are:

  • Interactive
  • Self Confidence
  • Performance

Apollo Music Projects provides a unique opportunity for children to work closely with professional musicians, using the language of music to develop listening skills, communication and teamwork. Our programmes enable students to discover for themselves how to listen to and enjoy classical music, using their own imagination and experiences to enter a new world of sound, stories and feelings.

The programme introduces children to the instruments of the orchestra, the musicians who play them and the music they play, providing the opportunity to hear live music and the tools to understand what they are hearing.

The programme takes the form of a residency in each school. Over two terms, the musicians gradually introduce the different members of the orchestra, starting with small groups including a string quartet, brass ensemble and woodwind quartet. At the halfway point of the programme there is a series of chamber orchestra workshops, each attended by three or four schools. This is a chance for the children to engage in music on a larger scale, to meet musicians up close and to learn about the ways in which the different instruments of the orchestra interact and join together to make music. The programme concludes with a spectacular symphony orchestra concert featuring large-scale orchestral works using the full range of instruments.


David Chernaik (Chief Executive & Programme Director) is a professional conductor and cellist. He is passionate about music education and giving children of all backgrounds access to the life-enhancing experience of music, both performing and listening. He founded the Apollo Chamber Orchestra in 1989 and since then has given many concerts with the orchestra – including chamber orchestra, string orchestra, symphony and opera performances.


Email: info@apollomusicprojects.org

Twitter: @ApolloMusicLDN

Facebook: @apollomusicprojects

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051: Why 18,000 schools are using ‘Out of the Ark Music’

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Out of the Ark Music was born out of a passionate belief that children deserve the very best.
Good songs leave a lasting impression and contain huge potential to make a difference to our lives. The importance of music and the arts cannot be emphasised enough and, though often overlooked, they are a vital part of our children’s education.

Our goal is…

  • To enhance and expand children’s enjoyment of music and the world around them by producing songs that are thought provoking, relevant and most of all great fun to sing.
  • To produce top quality materials to give today’s children music which excites them and to which they can readily relate.
  • To teach about music using traditional methods i.e. by providing strong melodies, interesting song structures and clever rhymes and combining these with modern musical arrangements.
  • To preserve the best of our musical and literary heritage whilst embracing modern styles and instrumentation.
  • To write good positive songs that re-enforce self-worth and significance and that are appropriate to children’s experience.
  • To convey truth and teach about Christian values and faith.
  • To make all our resources completely teacher-friendly and to support our customers through excellent customer service.

I interview Antony Copus – Head of Education Development about their history and new projects being developed.

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In 1989 Mark and Helen Johnson were asked to write a short nativity musical by the headteacher of the primary school where Helen was teaching. ‘Off To Bethlehem’ was a huge success and within months Mark and Helen were given the opportunity of leaving their jobs to explore and develop their gift in writing music. It was with a deep breath and a big step of faith that Mark and Helen went on to set up their own publishing and production company as a vehicle for distributing their songs to primary schools.

What began with only a tiny desk under the stairs, has grown over 25 years to become a thriving business, which now supplies over 18,000 primary schools and prep schools (not to mention nurseries, churches, theatre groups, etc!) across the UK and countless others around the world. With publishing offices and a warehouse in Middlesex, a recording studio in Sussex and with an associate office in Australia, ‘Out Of The Ark’ is reaching out to the corners of the earth with good, positive songs, that everyone will enjoy.





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