CPD Bursaries

Associates and school employees can apply for up to £500 to support your own professional development, or to fund professional development for a group of people.

(If you are planning to become an Associate and need CPD support please get in touch as we may be able to help.)

Also remember you can get involved with your area Musical Cluster – CPD is sometimes provided at meetings along with information about our free and subsidised CPD events


You can also email us to request a free surgery session to talk to a member of the team before you apply.

Application deadlines:

There are 2 closing dates for applications:

  • Mon 11 June 2018 –for projects starting after 1 September 2018
  • Mon 12 November 2018 – for projects starting after 1 March 2018


Here’s how some previous CPD bursary awardees used their funding:

Simon Parker is a Woodwind Teacher (Associate)  based in Calne. Simon used his bursary to attend the 32nd World Conference International Society for Music Education (ISME) conference in Glasgow and finding out about aspects of music education from different cultures and education systems around the world. He shared his learning by writing a blog a presentation to a Musical Cluster meeting.

Louise Jordan is a Song writing and Singing Music leader (Associate) based in South Wiltshire.  Louise attended Wiltshire Council’s training ‘Supporting individuals with Autistic Spectrum Conditions’. This will help her how to tailor workshops to the specific needs of young people with ASD. She shared her learning by writing a blog.

Kirsty Fowler is a woodwind teacher (Associate) and Primary School Music Co-ordinator for Keevil C of E Primary School in Trowbridge. Kirsty attended an Excellence in Primary Education course to further develop her skills teaching curriculum across all year groups to Y6, including  First Access. She shared her learning with other Primary School Music Co-ordinators and a presentation at a Musical Cluster meeting.

Ben Vleminckx is a freelance musician and music leader. Ben devised his own CPD programme in order to develop his project management skills. He used his bursary to fund mentoring, tuition and support from experienced tutors.  He shared his learning by setting up and running some open access sessions for music teachers and leaders and applying his new skills during a project with young carers in.

Fran Phillips is a Music Teacher at Wyvern College, Salisbury. Fran used her bursary to attend Arts Award adviser training, and Musical Futures training in order to encourage more boys to play more instruments more often, and take next year’s Year 9 through Arts Award Bronze.  She will be sharing her learning by writing a blog charting progress made by pupils using the revised teaching techniques learnt and starting a network sharing good working practice.

Check out other training and CPD opportunities by visiting our What’s On section and select the ‘Training and Development for Schools and Providers’ category.