I have had my first candidate for ARSM through, and will have another one in the next academic year.
I teach quite a lot of teenage students, some doing GCSE / A level Music, and some aren't. For the most post-Grade 8 students, DipABRSM or ATCL are too high target to meet, and for this I welcome the arrival of ARSM. For my candidate, I am pleased to say he passed with merit, this has been a pleasurable journey programming to show case his strength. This smaller step to a diploma after Grade 8 approach suited him well, and it will suit my next candidate also as she will be in her final school year - A levels looming!