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This is the School Updates page - part of the online schools area.

Please use this to stay up to date with the latest information from Hertfordshire Music Service.

Updated: 09/11/2021

We have a new ‘School Updates’ webpage - part of the online schools area so you can more easily stay up to date with the latest information from Hertfordshire Music Service.  

We are fully aware how quickly emails can get lost in a busy inbox, so please visit the new School Updates page for important information about music. 

Hertfordshire Schools’ Gala at the Royal Albert Hall – Sunday 30th April 2023

We are delighted to announce that the next Hertfordshire Schools’ Gala at the Royal Albert Hall will take place on Sunday 30th April 2023. The Gala will celebrate the breadth and quality of music making taking place in schools and their communities across the county. 

There will be 2 performances at 1.45pm and 7.45pm and primary and middle schools will be invited to apply for places in the massed choir. There will also be various opportunities for secondary school singers, instrumentalists, composers and dancers to showcase their work 

To apply to be part of this special occasion, we will be contacting primary headteachers and secondary heads of music with an application form in the Summer term 2022.   

Meanwhile keep an eye on our website for updates and take a look at this short video from Rufus Frowde, principal conductor of the Gala. The video includes some exciting details about the Gala 2023 programme and why we particularly encourage schools new to this event to sign up this time.

School Single Central Record (SCR) information 

We will soon be sending out the information schools require for their SCR for each HMS teacher delivering teaching at your school. 

If a new teacher begins working at your school later in the term, or if a change of teacher is required, the DBS information will be supplied at the relevant time. If we have missed a teacher off the list, or you need specific confirmation for an individual teacher urgently, please contact MusicHR@hertfordshire.gov.uk and they will supply the information as soon as possible.

Outbreak Management Plans

Following the recent letter from Jim McManus, Director of Public Health to parents/carers last week, HMS would like to reassure you that all our teachers have been advised to adopt any particular COVID-19 outbreak management plan measures your school requires whilst on your site.

Instrumental music lessons and all other HMS services can continue in line with the guidance available here: School Music COVID-19 guidance.

HMS teachers may need to remove a face covering whilst teaching, as noted in the recent letter from HCC, however all teachers have been advised on how to ensure sessions are conducted safely including using the national Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air advice as well as regular LFD testing.

Pupil Lists 

We will send out our most up to date list of learners weekly over the first few weeks of term as more and more pupils continue to apply for lessons and are being added to our system daily. Please note the pupil lists will be sent to your school’s admin address so please ask your office team to forward it to the relevant member of staff. In addition, the pupil waiting list (the list of pupils who have applied for lessons, but teachers have not confirmed can start yet) will also be shared so you’re aware of who is looking to start lessons at your school. 

We will send out updated pupil lists and waiting lists regularly over the next few weeks, so you are kept as up to date as possible. 

If you spot any pupils who have left your school or pupils you know have stopped learning an instrument, we are working as quickly as possible to remove these pupils from our system – please bear with us as our focus is on getting new pupils started as soon as possible. 

In the near future, our incoming new admin system will make this process much more efficient, including school access to see live pupil lists in due course. 

Refreshed HMS website 

The HMS website continues to be updated and the school area has the key information you may need for contacting HMS.

If parents have a query about lessons we manage directly, please ask them to email schoolsdirectinvoicing@hertfordshire.gov.uk or call 01438 844851 and a member of the billing team will help them directly. 

COVID-19 – Step 4 

We have agreed our updated approach to safe music making for Step 4 and our COVID-19 guidance is available in the schools area of our refreshed website. 

Charanga

Hertfordshire Music Service works with Charanga to provide schools with a library of resources, songs, instrumental courses and creative apps. Alongside our own high quality curriculum support and training, Charanga also offers quality-assured training, learning, assessment, special needs education, and more.

Access the Charanga webpage.

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