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Mr Keith Armstrong
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  • Honorary Lecturer
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
I am currently Lecturer in Music Education (since 2017) at UCL Institute of Education. I am the Teach First Music Subject Lead (0.6 FTE) on the Teach First PGDE Programme and work on the Secondary Music PGCE Programme (0.2 FTE). My work as Teach First Music Subject lead involves designing the two year music curriculum, teaching the subject content of the Summer Institute, teaching on training days during the course of the academic year and monitoring the progress of a group of music trainees as well as preparing them for and marking their master's assignments. Another tutor works part-time (0.3 FTE) on the Teach First Music Programme with me. My role on the Secondary Music PGCE Programme involves supporting a group of music student teachers during their school placements and teaching some sessions during the academic year.

In the academic year 2016 - 2017 I worked 0.6 FTE as a Professional Tutor on the Teach First PGCE Programme and a fraction of 0.1 FTE on the SCITT Music Programme which involved preparing student teachers for the master's assignments and marking them.

From 2011 - 2017 I worked full-time as a Professional Tutor on the Teach First PGCE Programme. This role involved supporting the progress of a group of participants from a variety of subjects  across a cluster of schools in the West London area, teaching on the Professional Studies Programme in the Summer Institute and preparing participants for and marking their non-subject specific master's assignments. From 2013 - 2016 I was additionally the Teach First National Lead for Professional Studies and Practice. This role involved designing the Teach First PGCE Professional Studies and Practice curriculum with the Professional Studies and Practice Leads from each Teach First region in the country and monitoring its delivery. In January 2012 I completed by master's degree in Gifted Education.

In the academic year 2010 - 2011 I worked as a sessional Professional Tutor on the Teach First PGCE Programme at Canterbury Christchurch University.

My school teaching experience was completed in four comprehensive schools:

2008 - 2010   Vice Principal, The Harefield Academy, London Borough of Hillingdon, responsible for staff training and development, and assessment.

April 2004 - 2010   Assistant Headteacher, Ashcroft High School, Luton, responsible for teaching and learning. When I joined the school it was in special measures. By the time I left we had an Ofsted reprort published with judged the school to be providing a Good quality education, and that Teaching and Learning was Good.

1982 - April 2004   Head of Music, Head of Arts (from 1991) and Senior Teacher responsible for Assessment (in the latter years). As well as running a successful music department I introduced Expressive Arts GCSE and Performing Arts A level, as well as regularly putting on large-scale productions such as 'West Side Story'.

1979 - 1982   Second in Department of Music and Drama, Colley School, Sheffield.

1978 - 1979   Sole Teacher of Music, Colley School, Sheffield. 
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