Music For Youth Festival

SYM Senior Wind Band

Congratulations to the SYM Senior Wind Band who will be performing at the Birmingham Symphony Hall on Friday 7th July at the Music For Youth National Festival.

1st Jul 2023

Agreement for further funding

Swindon Music Service has been awarded another two-years of funding from the Department of Education (DfE) through the Arts Council England.  This will see over £600k coming to Swindon for music education for the period April 2018 – March 2020

13th Mar 2018

TUTORS’ CPD Day – 1st September 2017

Looking forward to the Tutors’ CPD tay that is taking part on Friday 1st September.  The day will focus on the following:

  • Service / Hub overview – Peter Clark
  • School business, Safeguarding
  • Charanga resources
  • Quality assurance surveys
  • Arts Awards
  • Classroom management – Jacki Pattendon
  • Research project
  • SYM – Golden Ticket
  • SYM / Secondary Progression groups

We will start at 9am and finish about 3.30pm.  Lunch is provided.


31st Aug 2017

Discover in a Day – Arts Award

Swindon Music Service  is running a series of one-day workshops / schools visits for Early Years Settings, Infant, Junior and Primary schools.  These workshops cater for your pupils to undertake an Arts Award Discover (in-a-day).  Here, the children will experience a fun day undertaking many Arts activities (with the main focus on Music and Art).  At the end of this project the children will receive a certificate showing that they have completed the Discover Arts Award.  For more information, contact Lynn Hawkins on 01793 401754 or email on:  You can also watch a promo video by clicking here.

You can view the evaluation feedback from Peatmoor School  here


We have run two very successful days here at the Platform with Peatmoor Community Primary School and St Farncis CofE Primary School.  Either school would be willing to discuss the merits of the day with you.

20th Jun 2017

More about the music education hub in Swindon

Since 2012, and in response to recommendations in the National Plan for Music Education, the government has been changing the way that music education is delivered outside (but in support of) the schools curriculum. The idea is that no single organisation can deliver everything a young person might want/need from music, but by working together they can make it easier for young people to find the music pathway that’s right for them.

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6th Dec 2014

The House of Lords support Music Hubs

You probably saw it, but just in case not, here’s a transcription;


Lots of support for Hubs, lots of questions asked that we too want answered including:
– Funding from 2016 and up to 2020 – sport has a commitment up to 2020, why can’t music (reason given was next year’s election)
– Changes to Core/Ext Roles?
– How can hubs share practice (Arts Council now working on that as Peter reported)
– How can hubs develop skilled leaders
– How can hubs develop skills for attracting funding, developing mixed economy

Lots of concerns that we share including:

– We’re not reaching all C&YP aged 5-18
– Reaching disadvantaged YP
– Numbers of YP taking GCSE continues to drop
– Access to instruments
– Shortage of music teachers, music teachers conditions becoming worse (zero hours contracts, lack of investment in them)
– Governance of Hubs / hubs board is now a Cultural Education Board – will hubs convert to cultural education hubs?
– the importance of advocacy to schools and urging DfE to be a bit more consistent ref messages they’re sending out to schools about value of cultural education, music etc (ref focus on numeracy and literacy; English Bacc not containing cultural subjects; advising local authorities to remove funding for music, then backing down; announcing more money but this doesn’t make up the long term overall decrease in funding for music ed)
– Suggestion once again that no school is rated outstanding unless it has good cultural education including music
– Suggestion of a review of the effectiveness of hubs to understand the practical application of the NPME

Responses from Baronness Joly (is she on the Hubs Board?) include:
– Update on help for hubs with leadership, practice sharing, skills for business development/funding
– Music GCSE continues to be the headline measure of schools performance – as part of the ‘five As to Cs including Eng & Maths) reformed accountability measures from 2016 will include 8 subjects, including music (???)
– Reassurance that Hubs will continue to be central to music education into the future (yet no mention of the election’s influence over that!)

8th Nov 2014