Having spent most of the week assessing P5 pupils before selecting for limited places on the guitar timetable, two things strike me:

  • How unusual it is to spend the week with a single age group and (hopefully) in language suitable to their age and stage. This aspect is thrown into sharp relief in the company of experienced primary teachers. I can’t help noticing the way they put things; the speed at which instructions are delivered and reworded to ensure comprehensive, unambiguous understanding.

  • The contrast between this and the P5-S6* age range we cover in a normal working week. There is no teacher training for instrumental instructors; no shadowing; no apprenticeship. It strikes me as unlikely that a young, newly qualified instructor should arrive with the heightened awareness of language levels necessary to navigate this wide age range already in place. In Service idea?

* string instruction begins in P4