10 December 2012

Music Education Manager's Discussion Day

29th Jan 2013

The day will provide participants with the opportunity to explore two issues which are currently affecting music education; ACE Data Collection and Reporting

Morning Session: Teacher pay types
10 am – 12:30pm

The morning session will be an open discussion session moderated by Paritor. It will aim to discuss the pros and cons of different methods of paying teachers now being considered by music hubs. Delegates will have a chance to discuss and share their current and future methods and investigate if there is a more suitable technique for them.   The results of these discussions will feed into the development process of Paritor Ensemble

Afternoon Session: ACE Data Collection and Reporting

1:30pm – 4pm

The grant agreement with the Arts Council of England stipulates that the annual return consists of information to be collected by all hub lead organisations for the previous academic year.   They have recently published their data reporting requirements for the current year.  Paritor have met with ACE in order to clarify various aspects of the return and look at how Hubs will collect and collate the data. During the afternoon session we will share the results of these discussions and facilitated open discussions on how each Hub will best collect their data.  We will also explain how Ensemble can be used to assist in this process.

Address: The Chateau Impney Hotel, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 0BN


  • Full day (include lunch): £55
  • Half day (morning or afternoon session excluding lunch): £30
  • Full day with accommodation (B&B): £135
  • Half day with accommodation(B&B excluding lunch): £115

Places are limited and reserved on a first come, first serve basis. To book a place please call 01395 445092 or email sales@paritor.co.uk.

3 December 2012

Text Message Usage Hits Record Heights

National Music Council Local Authority Music Awards 2012

Each year, the National Music Council (NMC) Local Authority Music Education Awards recognise those authorities that are able to demonstrate imaginative, inclusive and all round high-quality music provision.  The event was held at the Southbank Centre, London on 12th November 2012.


Music Education Council: Autumn 2012 Seminar

The autumn seminar was on 22 November in London.  The focus was on the National Plan for Music Education - One Year on, with keynote speaker Alan Davey CEO of Arts Council England. To find out more please visit www.mec.org.uk.


New Faces: Robert Sinden

‘Since doing 3 days of work experience at Paritor in October 2006, I have always had a keen interest in software development, and in particular web based applications. Having completed my A-levels I went to the University of Warwick to study Mathematics. After graduating in July 2012, I immediately began full time employment at Paritor where my main role is the development of Paritor Live.’



New Faces; Georgie Stevens

Since leaving college I have worked in Estate Agency. I managed to gain several qualifications and acquired membership of the National Association of Estate Agents. In particular I enjoyed the Customer Service element of my role and so when the customer relations role came up at Paritor I knew it was perfect for me. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all.

Georgie@paritor.co.uk or  call 01395 445092






Ofsted Inspection Criteria for Music Ed

Ofsted has published the updated subject specific inspection guidance. HMI Mark Philips is urging the revised criteria as a tick list. For more information please visit www.oftsted.gov.uk


Ebacc Campaign

We’re supporting ISM’s Ebacc campaign ‘Bacc for the Future’ campaign. The campaign aims to ensure that music education is not undermined by Government proposals to introduce the English Baccalaureate qualification.

Despite the considerable time, energy and funding that has been invested music education by Michael Gove, signalling the importance he places on a quality music education for every child at present music is not included as a core subject of the new English English Baccalaureate. 

To sign the petition please visit www.baccforthefuture.com


Music Education Hubs Annual Return 2012—13

The highly anticipated annual return criteria has now been published by the Arts Council for the academic year 2012—13. Paritor will ensure that Ensemble can produce what is needed so that all hub leaders will be able to return a relevant information. This will include meetings with Arts Council and other relevant bodies/people.


Paritor run first Essentials Course

Our very first essentials course ran at the beginning of  November and was attended by customers as far away as Argyll and Bute.

These courses are designed to replace onsite training.  Attendees can come down to Devon and leave the hussle and bussle of the office behind to really concentrate on the content without distractions. It also provides an excellent opportunity for networking with people in the same role and find out more about how they operateAs well as of course the ability to learn a specialist subject.

The attendees will become specialists in their areas and if necessary be able to relay the skills back to the rest of the workforce.
Upon completion attendees will gain competency points which will go towards money off their support and maintenance. These will include overview courses as well as specialists courses for the most commonly used areas.  Please let us know if you would be interested in a quote including travel and accommodation.

YOUR opinion is key!

This term we are undertaking our 2012 Customer  Relations Survey. Your opinion is vital to the way we develop in the future because our customers are at heart of what we do. The 2011 survey had an immense impact on the direction that we have taken over the last year, we were able to implement a lot of changes both to the software and to the way Paritor operates ultimately delivering increased value to out customers. With even more customers today it is important that everyone’s voice is heard. That’s why we’re inviting every organisation to take part.



Thousands of Kirklees school children took centre stage in a musical extravaganza to celebrate the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Stadium Spectacular started with an Olympic-style opening ceremony.  A marching band accompanied the children who carried banners and flags designed by the schools. More than 1,000 instrumentalists performed during the event.  The choir, with 4,500 young singers, were seated in the stands and the songs, signed by Music and the Deaf, were projected onto a big screen.

Thom Meredith, Principal, Kirklees Music School said: ”We are very grateful to Paritor for giving so generously to support this event.  We were able to facilitate one of the biggest youth celebrations across the country.  It was approached in the true spirit of partnership with schools, local musicians, sports organisations and KMS coming together to provide an amazing experience for the young people of Kirklees.  With over 5,000 young people involved, this event really rocked the Stadium!”.