Evaluation Criteria for Secondary Schools – 2. Access To Lessons

Do all pupils have access to lessons across a range of instruments and voice?

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There are limited lesson opportunities in school, with only a couple of instrument choices available.
 
Less than 5% of pupils learn an instrument.
 
The school is beginning to track the gender of pupils learning an instrument.
 
PP pupils do not engage with instrumental lessons.
 
SEND pupils do not engage with instrumental lessons.
 
PP funding is not allocated towards cost of music lessons.
 
No pupils are taking exams or attending ensembles currently.
There are several instrumental lessons available across several families of instruments.
 
Between 5% – 8% of pupils learn an instrument.
 
There is a big gender gap in those accessing instrumental lessons.
 
Some PP pupils access instrumental lessons.
 
Some SEND pupils access instrumental lessons.
 
The school utilises PP funding for MAGT.
 
A few pupils take exams.
There are lessons available in all families of instruments.
 
Over 8% of pupils learn an instrument.
 
The gender gap is narrowing, aiming for equal percentages in all genders.
 
PP pupils are encouraged to access instrumental lessons and a higher percentage are engaging.
 
SEND pupils are encouraged to access instrumental lessons and a higher percentage are engaging.
 
There is a clear structure for all PP pupils to access funding support for instrumental lessons via the school.
 
Pupils are encouraged to take exams and attend ensembles, with some doing so.
There are lessons available in all families of instruments, as well as an offer of technology or wider instrumental groups such as dohl/bouzouki etc.
Over 12% of pupils learn an instrument.
 
Genders taking instrumental lessons are proportionally represented in accordance with current school intake.
 
PP pupils taking instrumental lessons are proportionally represented in accordance with current school intake.
 
SEND pupils taking instrumental lessons are proportionally represented in accordance with current school intake.
 
PP pupils are encouraged to access instrumental lessons and support with funding via the school.
 
Pupils participate in graded exams and attend ensembles locally to extend learning.

Resources

Bedford Music Cooperative are the main providers of individual and small group instrumental/vocal lessons in schools. Visit their website for more information on what is available.

Information about the range of instruments children can learn is here on our website.

Free Secondary Network Meetings provide a stimulating platform for the discussion and exploration of current pedagogy and local/national opportunities in music education. Development of instrumental/vocal provision is always on the agenda. Dates for upcoming meetings can be found on our website here.

We offer 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 on our website here.

We offer a low cost instrument hire scheme to families with remissions for Looked After Children and children who qualify for Pupil Premium funding.