Covid 19 Information & Guidance
3rd November - Latest advice and guidance about music in schools during new lockdown
We have now had further advice from DfE and ACE about music teaching in schools which we wanted to share with you and with our schools.
Face to face teaching and ensemble work at music centres or in schools after school hours or at the weekend will need to cease from tomorrow (4 November) for four weeks.
The text to note is here (under 'Stay at home'):
Education and Childcare
You can leave home for education (formal provision, rather than extracurricular classes such as music or drama tuition), training, registered childcare and children's activities that are necessary to allow parents/carers to work, seek work, or undertake education or training.
Musical learning during the school day which is provided by music services and other hub partners will (and should) continue and that this must be made clear to schools in the guidance and any direct communication with them
DfE and ACE are keen that music services, hubs, teachers are as flexible and supportive to schools as possible as long as activities are safe and compliant. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you want further support, advice or clarification.
Obviously the situation may change rapidly – this page will be updated regularly with any relevant information.
LSMS Covid 19 Risk Assessment 10.11.20 (PDF, 447 Kb)
Reintegration of Musical Learning into Educational Settings
As the initial COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease and pupils return to the classroom, music has a vital role to play. We are providing guidance for Leicester and Leicestershire schools on safe musical learning.
As the lead organisation of the Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub our role is to:
- Support schools to reintegrate weekly tuition back into their schools
- Provide schools with Music Education Recovery Guidance and CPD to help pupils recover from the consequences of COVID-19 and the emotional impact of societal changes
- Support schools with risk assessment procedures for LSMS teachers on school sites
- Provide flexible provision Whole Class Ensemble Tuition tailored to your needs
- Provide appropriate pathways outside school settings for young people to develop their ensemble skills through area centres and central band and ensemble (these will be delivered digitally in the first instance)
We are continually reviewing our Risk Assessments with regard to Covid 19. These will be updated regularly and posted both here and on our Home page.
The guidance (September 14th) that no more than 6 people can meet indoors or outside does not apply to Music Education activity regardless of whether it is part of curriculum learning or is an OOSS activity.
We recognise that school leaders face numerous challenges in reopening schools and we are keen to give you the support you need to put music at the heart of the recovery curriculum. The benefits of music for tackling mental health problems are well documented, so now more than ever it is crucial that we ensure every child has equal access to high quality music education. With this in mind, please see our free resource 'Music for wellbeing', prepared by Becky Bell. This resource is designed to help children recover from the consequences of Covid-19 and emotional impact of societal changes.
The #CanDoMusic campaign can also found here https://www.candomusic.org/
We also have some good news about the safe return for music in schools and we have collated the most recent information here to support you. As you can see from the Press Release below theDfE have updated their guidance to reflect that the latest research shows singing or playing wind and brass instruments do not present a higher risk than speaking if providers limit the number of participants and observe social distancing while managing volume and ventilation. We have a comprehensive Risk Assessment for Music in schools, which we are sharing with schools to support managing all the risks of music returning.
This news was issued just before guidance around mask wearing in schools. We do expect situations to keep changing, but the news is helpful for us in planning how we support schools with their music curriculum and instrumental learning over the academic year
We will continue to support schools with free resources and will be sending weekly comms to support your staff and pupils with music at school and at home during the autumn term. Further resources can be found here for Primary, and here for Secondary
We are keen to be flexible in our offer to schools this term and will work with you to ensure that music service activities take place in a way that best suits your circumstances. This may be through face to face teaching, virtual lessons, class teacher resources or a blended approach that suits your needs.
We are following the latest guidance from the DFE and Arts Council England in returning to schools. We have rigorous risk assessments in place and we also have virtual whole class ensemble tuition, continuation, instrumental lessons, area centres and central ensembles. Your music leader will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your plans for the autumn term. Teaching commences w/c Monday 7th September.
Contact / Queries
If you have any queries about our projects, bookings or any way we might be able to help music making in your schools. please contact a member of our team using the details below. If you would like to book projects online, please click here.
Percussion, Strings & Ukulele - Matt Newnham - 07961 098088
Brass & Guitar - Tony Rifugiato - 07944 712233
Woodwind & Singing - Nicki Atkins - 07508 013201
Steel Pans - Gillian Ramshaw – 07535 641847
Music Technology – Brad Smith - 07508 013232
Special Schools - Sarah Share - 07905 502657
Secondary Schools - Sharon Jagdev Powell – 07936 349073
Curriculum resources and support Becky.Bell@leics.gov.uk
Instrument Queries – Richard Siddons - 07889 809841
Please note that as we are working from home there may be times when we may not be able to answer calls. If this is the case – please leave us a message a contact number and we will return your call as soon as we can.
We will be in touch with schools regularly with more information about how we can support you and your students.
Please find the latest official advice below. We will be updating this information as new advice becomes available.
Music Mark - Music Unlocked, Guidance for Schools & Music Providers - 2nd Sep 2020
Department for Education - 28th August 2020
Please click on the link below for the latest advice from the DfE - Dated 28th August 2020
Latest DfE advice for Peripatetic Music Teachers - 28th August 2020
Schools can continue to engage peripatetic teachers during this period, including staff from music education hubs.
Peripatetic teachers can move between schools, for instance, but you should consider how to minimise the number of visitors where possible. They will be expected to comply with arrangements for managing and minimising risk, including taking particular care to maintain distance from other staff and pupils. To minimise the numbers of temporary staff entering the premises, and secure best value, you could consider using longer assignments with peripatetic teachers and agree a minimum number of hours across the academic year.
If a teacher is operating on a peripatetic basis, and operating across multiple groups or individuals, it is important that they do not attend a lesson if they are unwell or are having any symptoms associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) such as fever, a new and sustained cough, loss of sense of taste or smell. In addition, they should:
- Maintain distancing requirements with each group they teach, where appropriate.
- Avoid situations where distancing requirements are broken; for an example demonstrating partnering work in dancing.
- Make efforts to reduce the number of groups taught and locations worked in, to reduce the number of contacts made.
Further information on the music education hubs, including contact details for local hubs, can be found at music education hub, published by the Arts Council England.
Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) - 24th August 2020
ISM Press release 24 AUGUST 2020
Commenting on the Department for Education's revised guidance for providers and parent/carers, the Incorporated Society of Musicians' Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts, said:
'It is vital that existing inequalities in accessing musical education are not exacerbated, so we are pleased that DfE have updated their guidance to reflect that the latest research shows singing or playing wind and brass instruments do not present a higher risk than speaking. If providers limit the number of participants and observe social distancing while managing volume and ventilation, we can make sure that young people are able to still enjoy the rich benefits of participation in music.
'However, it is essential that the Department for Education now provides similar reassurance for staff, pupils and parents by urgently publishing guidance for how schools can safely reopen their music departments for the Autumn term. This needs to shared soon in order to give schools time to implement the necessary safety precautions so that music can resume as an essential part of a broad and balanced education'.