In partnership with Music Education Hubs we are collaborating with primary schools keen to develop their cultural offer, co-creating a programme of opportunities which meets their aims and needs, placing music at the heart of their ethos empowering them to become culturally engaged, proactive schools.
“Thanks a million for the wonderful opportunity this project has offered our pupils. I can say without a shadow of doubt that this project has opened the door to more fun and exciting learning, in addition to working alongside excellent musicians. The singing skills have continued to improve, pupils performance levels and confidence is growing and the happiness and enthusiasm from staff to pupils is clearly visible. I can't thank you enough for your vision of partnership with schools and we look forward to many exciting, uplifting and creative performances in the future. Thanks for your hard work and commitment to schools.”Headteacher of a Partner School
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 and Harrow, and, working in partnership with Haringey Music Service 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 – 2022 are Chestnuts Primary School (Haringey) and Weald Rise Primary School (Harrow). Across the partnership we work with each Hub and school to devise a bespoke programme of work, co-creating 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. Highlights of these partnerships have included bespoke CPD for teachers, visiting artists, song writing projects and sharing opportunities on the Wigmore Hall stage.
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. In 2021 Lansbury Lawrence Primary School went on to be the first school in Tower Hamlets to be awarded a Platinum Artsmark Award.
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.
Throughout Year 1 and the start of Year 2, Wigmore Hall has continued to show itself to be a highly reflective organisation, demonstrating deep thinking around school engagement, and being flexible and able change its approaches as needed. It is a refreshing approach to programme design, and there is strong evidence that the WH is constantly improving and reviewing its understanding and knowledge of co-creation practiceSound Connections Partner School Programme Summary Report May 2020
Opportunities to share practice across the borough 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 is 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 sustainable arts offer.