Introduction

Are you interested in how the effectiveness of teaching and learning in and between music and English language education can be maximised? Are you a teacher or cultural education practitioner who wants to develop their practice by understanding approaches that have proven successful across a partnership of five schools from five different European countries? Are you a leader or policy maker who wants to advocate for the importance of cultural education in the educational experiences of children and young people?

If you have cried ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, then we believe this toolkit is for you. Drawing on a three-year research project between schools in Germany, Hungary, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, this toolkit represents the outcomes of our three-year, five-stage action research project to interrogate and understand what makes for effective teaching and learning in and between music and English language education. It also demonstrates some of the power of collaboration between teachers in formal educational settings and cultural education practitioners who occupy non-formal learning spaces. It is not an exhaustive study, but by placing practitioner-researchers at its heart, we hope it has resonance for colleagues across the continent as we invite you to join us as co-collaborators.

This toolkit contains the reflections, ideas and outcomes of the team of collaborators based on the research and reading we have undertaken.  It is not the only space in which these ideas are discussed, but instead is intended to contribute to the wider conversation around effective teaching and learning practices in and between music and English language education.

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