Funding for schools to develop their music offer
All schools, including nursery, primary, secondary, special schools and academies, pupil referral units across Manchester have access to financial support from MyHub for instrumental and singing tuition.
MyHub funding cannot finance the music curriculum.
Where schools and academies want to pursue a good music education MyHub will devolve an annual amount of funding to them. The amount devolved is dependent on the grant from DFE. The schools must agree to use the money solely for music tuition. In return for these funds the schools must provide a named contact, complete an annual data return, and offer first access Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET) opportunities in key stage 2.
The music grant funding also supports the provision of free or low cost continuing professional development training, subsidised large scale performance opportunities such as “The Big Sing” and “Showcase” and annual new initiatives with partner organisations across Manchester and nationally.
One Education Music is MyHub’s commissioned partner for the delivery of instrumental and singing tuition across Manchester, but schools may use other providers who meet the needs of the schools and who can provide appropriate references to their teaching and musical competence.
What is First Access (WCET)
First Access or WCET has evolved from the government’s pledge that: “over time, all pupils in primary schools who wish to, will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument free of charge”.
There are many different ways of providing first access in a school. Normally it is in a large group or whole class setting for a sustained period of time, but classes may be split. After this opportunity all pupils should be able to make an informed choice about continuing to learn a musical instrument. This may be continuing to learn the same or a different musical instrument.
MyHub can support schools to design a first access programme that can offer a coherent progression route in school or in the local community e.g. at a local music centre. For more information please use the Music Centres drop down menu.
Schools are then able to plan further instrumental provision for those pupils who wish to continue learning the instrument of their choice. Many schools buy in ensemble delivery to allow pupils to continue playing in a large group / ensemble setting to follow on from their First Access experience.