In partnership with three Music Education Hubs we are collaborating with three primary schools keen to develop their cultural offer, co-creating a programme of opportunities which meets their needs and places music at the heart of their ethos, empowering them to become culturally engaged, proactive schools.
We are currently working with three Partner Schools for three academic years, from 2018 until 2021.
Having undertaken a mapping process of existing creative music provision across London boroughs, we identified that the Partner Schools Programme could have the greatest impact in Haringey, Havering and Harrow, and, working in partnership with Haringey Music Service, Havering Music School and Harrow Music Service, we invited schools who had the ambition to develop their cultural offer to apply to become a Partner School.
We are delighted that our Partner Schools for 2018 – 2021 are Chestnuts Primary School (Haringey), Weald Rise Primary School (Harrow), and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (Havering). We will work with each Hub and school to devise a bespoke programme of work across the three years, working in partnership to co-create a programme of opportunities which places music at the heart of their ethos, and which empowers them to lead their own creative music making activity beyond the partnership.
The Partner School Programme was developed in 2015 – 2018 through our first partnerships with Haringey Music Service and Risley Avenue Primary School, Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service and Lansbury Lawrence Primary School and the Tri-borough Music Hub and Flora Gardens Primary School.
We are measuring the impact of this work with Sound Connections on an ongoing basis, using findings from the first partnerships to inform practice for our existing partnerships.
Opportunities to share practice across the schools’ ‘clusters’ and the wider boroughs is central to the programme, benefiting a greater number of teachers and pupils, fostering new relationships between cultural organisations, Music Education Hubs and schools, and providing a new model for working together. This activity will be devised with each Partner School and Music Education Hub.
We aim to inspire more schools to take a lead in strategically designing their own cultural education programme, drawing on the support of Music Education Hubs and cultural organisations. The Partner Schools Programme enables us to act as a catalyst, empowering schools to create their own strategic and sustainable cultural offer.
We are working in partnership with Havering Music School to deliver a wide range of activities for local Havering Schools, including teacher training, in-school workshops and celebratory events. Over the past two years, on-going music making in early years has taken place working closely with teachers and staff through CPD, as well as workshops in schools working with children in nursery and reception classes. This work has focused on embedding a legacy in the school through empowering the teachers to lead music making activities.
Last year, we ran two teacher INSETs focused on early years music making, and also worked closely with Havering schools to create a project for Year 1 students to explore Rousseau’s painting Tiger in a Tropical Storm through musical responses. Students in Years 2 – 6 worked with a music leader to write their own songs about their current topic of study, and gathered to perform the songs to the other schools. Topics ranged from navigation to dinosaurs! We also celebrated music making in the early years with a jamboree with musicians and leaders at Havering College theatre as a way to celebrate the end of the school year.