Covid-19: Music in Schools
The current DfE guidance for schools (Dec 2020) states that peripatetic teachers can work in school settings. It also says that
All pupils should have access to a quality arts education. Music, dance and drama build confidence and help children live happier, more enriched lives, and discover the joy of expressing themselves.
We understand that lockdown has had a dramatic impact on the lives of children and young people and we are working closely with schools to help settle pupils back into a positive learning environment.
All of our in school teaching activities have been comprehensively risk assessed in-line with the latest DfE and Government guidance alongside advice issued by Music Mark and should run in accordance with each school’s own risk assessment.
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Benefits of Music across the Curriculum
- improves memory by stimulating both hemispheres of the brain
- has unrivalled connectivity across the whole curriculum
- correlates with improved progress in a range of other subjects
- is highly effective as a strategy for school improvement
Music and Wellbeing
The benefits to pupils participating in musical activity in terms of their wellbeing are also well-known and backed by thorough research:
We continued to teach over 400 students remotely through the school closure period and parents and schools have recognised the benefits this brought.
CMS Staff returning to Schools
- Our teachers have detailed guidance on how to create a safe working environment for them and their pupils to complement each school’s individual arrangements
- All our activities are assessed using the CCC Risk Assessment for Peripatetic Staff focusing on visiting different schools and CMS Instrumental Lessons Risk Assessment focusing on the specific needs of teaching different instruments
- We have asked that our teachers request each school’s COVID-19 risk assessment
Social Distance for Instruments and Singing
The latest Government guidelines states that
Singing and playing wind and brass instruments do not currently appear to represent a significantly higher risk than routine speaking and
breathing at the same volume, there is now some evidence that additional risk can build from aerosol transmission with volume and with combined numbers of individuals within a confined space.
The Department of Digital Culture, Media and Sport are continuing with their scientific research and we will adhere to their guidelines as they are published.
We have put in place guidance to minimise the risk when we teach including the recommended social distancing for playing instruments safely, group sizes and hygiene.
Where teaching in schools is not possible, we offer online lessons in school or at home. Find out more about our online Safeguarding.
Please get in touch if you would like to see any of our Guidance and Risk Assessment Documents