1. Opportunity & Access:
The Music Hub believes that every child in Hertfordshire should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. This complements the LA strategies of ensuring a good school for every child and narrowing the attainment gap. The traded instrumental and vocal teaching service to schools is supported by the “Remission of Fees” strategy. This LA funded initiative enables those children on Free School Meals and those from other disadvantaged groups to access these traded services. Key Stage 2 First Access (formerly Wider Opportunities) is delivered through a combination of nationally funded programmes, programmes co-produced with schools and fully traded programmes.
2. Music in the heart of the community
The Music Service runs a network of Music Centres across the county, run mostly in partnership with schools. Friends organisations, parents and other members of the community are involved in fund-raising and supporting the Music Centres’ activities.
3. Pathways to Excellence:
The Music Service complements a school's existing provision with opportunities to participate in groups and ensembles at both an area and county level. These activities, including the nationally acclaimed County Youth Orchestra give our young players access to a level of ensemble playing that is both inspirational and life changing.
4. Working with our most vulnerable children and young people:
The Music Service is working with an ever increasing number of agencies and partners to support our most vulnerable children. Whether it is our traded Music Therapy Service, our nationally acclaimed SEND Arts Award or project work with excluded children, PRUs or Children Looked After, the Music Service is committed to ensuring music makes a positive contribution to their lives.
5. A trained a supported Workforce:
The Music Service will provide a comprehensive CPD programme to support our workforce across all Key Stages, informal settings and for working with challenging or hard to reach groups including SEND. Peripatetic music teachers work in some of the most potentially vulnerable situations in schools, often on a one-to-one basis. This requires a workforce that is not only fully vetted and CRB checked but also a workforce that is CP trained to deal with and support pupils in these situations.