Evaluation Criteria for Primary Schools – 4. School Ensemble or Band

Does your school have a school ensemble, band or group?

FocusingDevelopingSecureEnhancing
No current ensemble.
 
Not currently tracking gender attending an ensemble or no ensemble available.
 
Not currently tracking PP pupils in ensembles or there are none attending.
 
Not currently tracking SEND pupils in ensembles or there are none attending.
 
No current ensemble.
Percentage of pupils engaged with ensemble is between 5% – 8%.
 
Genders of those attending is predominantly one over another.
 
A few PP pupils participate in ensembles.
 
A few SEND pupils participate in ensembles.
 
Ensemble repertoire is very limited and players are expected to follow the same notation in unison or only a few parts. The range of genres is limited.
Percentage of pupils engaged with an ensemble is over 8%.
 
There are roughly the same percentages in genders attending.
 
PP pupils are attending ensembles, with percentages not quite in equal abouts to non-PP.
 
SEND pupils are attending ensembles, with percentages not quite in equal abouts to non-SEND.
 
Ensemble repertoire is suited to the players, there are a few parts although they are expected to follow similar notation. There are genres and music from a variety of cultures available.
Percentage of pupils engaged with an ensemble is above 12%, which in KS2 roughly equates to 20%.
 
Genders in ensembles are proportionally represented in accordance with current school intake.
 
PP pupils in ensembles are proportionally represented in accordance with current school intake.
 
SEND pupils in ensembles are proportionally represented in accordance with current school intake.
 
Every effort is made to make ensembles inclusive and engaging for all – various notation aids/playing by ear/limited notes/open strings etc. There are differentiated parts, well suited to the pupils abilities. Genres and music from a variety of cultures are played, reflective of the community and extending exposure to a variety of music.

Resources

Free Primary Network Meetings provide a stimulating platform for the discussion and exploration of current pedagogy and local/national opportunities in music education. Ideas and resources for beginner ensembles are regularly shared in the meetings. Dates for upcoming meetings can be found here.

Adaptable, easy to use and beginner friendly ensemble packs are available for free. Please email [email protected].

We offer a one-hour consultation free to each school to support the development of music provision in your setting. Details of all our school support can be found here.