As a result of the national lockdown, face to face tuition has currently ceased in line with governmental guidance around school closures. We look forward to resuming service delivery when it is safe to do so but are on-hand to support schools through our digital offer and continued bespoke support at this time.

We are providing guidance for Norfolk schools on safe musical learning.

As the lead organisation of the Norfolk Music Education Hub our role is to:

  • Support schools to reintegrate weekly tuition back into their schools
  • Provide schools with Music Education Recovery Guidance and CPD to help pupils recover from the consequences of COVID-19 and the emotional impact of societal changes
  • Support schools with risk assessment procedures for peripatetic teachers on school sites
  • Provide flexible provision Whole Class Ensemble Tuition in place of the substantive offer tailored to pupils and school’s needs
  • Provide appropriate pathways outside school settings for children to develop their ensemble skills (this will be delivered digitally in the first instance)

Schools are developing recovery curriculums and we are continuing to meet the ever-changing needs faced by educational establishments across Norfolk, with this in mind we are proud to offer the following:

Instrumental Tuition

Face to face delivery recommencing in September: The DfE’s guidance, published on 2 July 2020, stated that peripatetic teachers may return to schools from September subject to robust safety measures and appropriate risk assessments being in place. We are aware that schools, pupils and indeed our tutors are extremely keen to return to face-to-face tuition, however, we also acknowledge that a flexible approach may be needed.

Within the guidance it has been confirmed that peripatetic staff will be permitted to move between schools with appropriate measures in place which will still offer us flexibility whilst complying with each individual school’s arrangements for managing and minimising risk.

At the current time we are looking to recommence in-school Instrumental Lessons from the 15 September onwards subject to the guidance from the DfE remaining unchanged and any further mitigation or caveats successfully being put into place. It is pertinent to note that Music Services across the country are following the DfE Guidance in relation to singing and brass/woodwind instruments within our own risk assessments as opposed to DCMS Guidance which will mean that all musical activity can recommence albeit in different ways than may have been carried out previously.

The Music Service are happy to have conversations with schools on an individual basis to ensure that each setting has the support that is deemed to be the best fit for their pupils and the wider school community. Instrument hire will be offered completely free of charge to all pupils learning with a Music Service teacher in September. In-school ensembles can be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that Music Service County Ensembles will not be commencing until it is deemed safe to do so and this will be communicated to parents directly as soon as we are able to.

child playing steel pans and other child holding up directionsCurriculum Music

Both face to face and digital delivery recommencing in September: It is widely understood that come September there will most definitely not be a uniformed approach to Curriculum Music provision recommencing in schools and there will need to be discussions with individual leaders on how classroom music-making fits within the wider commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum.

As part of our risk assessment we will ensure that we are following the latest guidance in relation to the playing of instruments and singing which at the moment is still coming under a great amount of scrutiny and has been singled out in the DfE guidance as an activity that should not be taking place in large groups. However, we also have plans in place should this still be deemed ‘high risk activity’ in September in the form of alternative instruments, smaller groups with social distancing measures, deep cleaning of equipment and implementation of activities such as body percussion and musicianship.

We also have the option of delivering lessons remotely through the Charanga platform in settings where this would be preferable and are happy to have more bespoke conversations where appropriate. CPD for schools will be delivered digitally in September and can be accessed on the our CPD webpage as normal alongside the Hub Subscription offer.

Red and brown ukulelesWhole Class Ensemble Tuition (Year 4 free term)

Digital delivery commencing in September: Due to the current restrictions around teaching in large groups, the decision has been made to take the Whole Class Ensemble Teaching offer digitally in September.

We are working on a bank of online resources and videos which will cover things like practical work, exploration activities, theory and an insight into the music industry. To enable schools to feel comfortable with the content and with the practical element of the project, two Virtual Twilight CPD sessions will be offered to all schools. These will focus on how to make the most of the resources and discuss possible extension activities they could add to supplement the resources. Bespoke support will also be available to schools on an individual basis.

Please note this is only in relation to the free WCET offer. Where schools pay for whole class music provision, this falls under the Curriculum Music category above.

A range of useful resources are available to view/download:

Risk Assessments:

For any discussions in relation to any aspect of Music Making in your school, please contact Alison Bell (Head of Music Service) in the first instance: