Welcome to PopUK

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural learning through a vibrant singing and recording project :

Also Transition and  Cluster Schools’ projects

 PopUK is directed by Andy Silver founder of Pop Connection. PopUK replaces Pop Connection and is now one of the most exciting primary schools’ singing project in the UK.

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 Either email Andy Silver at  AndySilver@PopUK.org  or fill in our “Contact us” form on the right of this page or phone Andy directly on 07980 692688

“PopUK is an inspirational project….Schools come together and communities benefit. Every child is involved… the songs are lively, vibrant, fun and reinforce and celebrate key values”

Bernadette Hunter: 2013-14 President,National Association of Head Teachers

“PopUK is a fantastic way of drawing diverse communities together; it provides a great platform for the children to sing out (with gusto!) positive, life affirming songs which have been thoughtfully constructed to celebrate and encourage all that enables us to live well and honourably together, in our communities”

Tina Heath – Former Blue Peter Presenter

“PopUK songs are really current, so cool and vibey with great production….. the project has certainly got the X Factor!”

 Matt Brind, Arranger and Conductor, ITV’s  X Factor; Britain’s got talent; America’s got talent

“The whole project was a fabulous experience from start to finish! During the week before the concerts, the talented and enthusiastic team from Pop UK worked  with all our children, they taught them seven songs with moral values and messages within them. Through the power of these songs ,the children and  the POP UK team, the whole (very diverse) community came together as one. Everyone enjoyed themselves and this has become a springboard for future community work which will benefit us all.                          Thank you POP UK!

Mrs Debbie Norton – Head Teacher at Wellington Primary School, Hounslow

 

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Listen to Clare Balding interview Andy Silver on BBC Radio 2

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JULY 8th – AUGUST 1st   

All our projects for this academic year are now completed.  We start again the first week of September. Please do get in touch with us if you would like the project at your school this coming academic year:

AndySilver@PopUK.org

 

PopUK delivers the following objectives for

Primary Schools:

  • A unique and vibrant approach to Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural learning;  an all inclusive, fun filled teaching resource for PSHE
  • A project for either one primary school wanting to do the project on its own, or a multi-school project bringing cluster schools together, or helping primary schools with their year 6 Transition programmes:
  • A five day project – 7 exciting pop songs – recording a CD – every child involved – performing a high profile community concert

How do the children benefit?

PopUK believes that every child matters. Over four days the whole school learns seven life affirming, exciting pop songs each with a thought provoking theme. Each song creates a springboard for the children to explore some very important questions encouraging them to start the process of looking at some of the deeper questions of life -not ‘What do I want to do?’ and “How much do I want to earn?” but rather “Who am I?” and “Who am I becoming?”  PopUK is a cross-curricular project linking Music with Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural learning, Citizenship, PSHE and RE. Each year group learns the songs in three timetabled sessions, at the end of the week they are recorded, a CD is produced and a concert planned for the following week. The children learn the skill of how to sing well together, they learn the process of working towards an achievable goal, they learn the importance of teamwork and building self confidence and self esteem. If schools join together with other schools the children get to build new friendships and relationships

How do schools benefit?

Every school wants to demonstrate its ethos and values to its community. PopUK is a project that uses every child to communicate what the school stands for by singing and performing songs that promote justice, fairness, understanding, forgiveness, caring for one another. The project also provides a tool for schools to connect with one another especially schools that wish to develop working relationship with other schools.  These can include:

  • Federated schools
  • Schools considering amalgamation
  • Multi-school Academy Trusts
  • School wishing to improve transition at year 7.

The project helps schools remove social barriers and provides a platform for schools to make links with the wider community partnering with local organisations such as churches, other faith groups, local businesses and community groups.  It provides a great model for community integration and, most importantly, the project helps schools create long-lasting, meaningful working relationships within the community

How do community groups, faith communities/churches benefit?

PopUK creates a platform for churches to strengthen their relationship with their local primary schools and communities and creates a long-term working partnership between them. Before a project is finalised we work with Community group/faith community to think through a strategy that will help them launch new community initiatives and offer help to the school. This is done by offering Parenting Courses, Debt Management Courses and other resources by organisations such as Care for the Family. Also by encouraging volunteers to engage with the school in schemes such as reading support,  input regarding employment and leisure interests and the relevance of personal faith.  The concert always brings several hundred people to the community venue or church who do not normally come. The /community/faith group can use this to profile their work in the community and launch some of these new initiatives.

 

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A child expressing her joy to one of our tutors after she had been involved in PopUK         —————————————————————————————————————————-

How much does it cost?

Costs tab

Please click on our Costs tab to discover various price options For further questions about costs please email or phone Andy Silver Mob: 07980 692688  email: AndySilver@PopUK.org

In his final address as Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams praises the contribution of faith groups to national life. He describes them as “a wellspring of energy and a source of life-giving vision for how people should be regarded and treated”. PopUK’s vision is to encourage children to deepen their understanding of social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues, to help them understand other people’s beliefs therefore cultivating respect for one another, please call Andy Silver (mob: 07980 692688) or email for further details:  AndySilver@PopUK.org 

 

All songs produced by Dave Cooke, Media composer and arranger for BBC Children’s TV including: Blue Peter  :  The Saturday Picture Show : The legendary Bananaman cartoons:  Chucklevision