INCLUSION & PARTICIPATION

We measure our Outcomes success through our Evaluation Framework: Evaluations Framework

 

Swindon Music Service offers its local delivery partners in the hub a grant from time-to-time to assist them recruiting children and young people from the categories set out below:

The purpose and eligibility for Pupil Premium can be viewed on the GOV-UK site

The government has set out the following categories to allow parents/carers to apply for Pupil Premium in schools:

Disadvantaged categories:

Disadvantaged pupils Pupil premium per pupil
Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 free school meals (FSM) £1,345
Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £955
Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority £2,345
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order) £2,345
Service children Service premium per pupil
Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence £310

As a part of Swindon Music Service - music inclusion policy we offer the following Remissions on instrumental & vocal tuition and Swindon Young Musicians Club:

Schools Provision

School buys in a block of time and administers payments

As stated above, schools receive Pupils Premium for the above categories and this fund can be used for instrumental and vocal lessons.  As a result, if a school purchases a block of time for instrumental & vocal tuition during the school day, they can use the remissions grant along with the Pupils Premium to supplement the cost.

All children & young people (C&YP) receive a free loan of an instrument for the duration of these lessons through this system.

Parent/Carers apply for lessons and pay directly to the Music Service through the Parent Direct Pay

In addition, The Music Hub identifies funds to assist those children and young people who are receiving free schools meal due to family hardship or are categorised as Looked After Children (LAC) by the Local Authority, when parent/carers are applying for tuition to be undertaken at school during the school day.  Permission for this category has to be gained from the head teacher of the school. Grants are offered (subject to funding from time to time) as follows:

  • All categories listed in the table (less the LAC categories) above, (due to financial hardship) reduction of fees for first choice lessons (not available for multiple instrument lessons):
    • 20 minute individual lessons: 60% discount.
    • 30-minute paired lessons:  60% discount (subject to two learners being available on the same instrument).
    • Instrument hire costs: 60% discount.
  • LAC reduction of fees for first choice lessons (not available for multiple instrument lessons). Pupils also get free  attendance at Swindon Young Musicians club as a part of this agreement:
    • 20-minute individual lessons: 100% discount  free tuition (not available for multiple instrument lessons).
    • Instrument hire costs: 100% discount (Free hire).

To prevent you having to provide further proof of receiving these benefits the school can verify this on your application form.  Alternatively, you giving permission for us to approach the school for verification.

Out-of-School Provision

Swindon Music Centre

A  discount of 60% on subscription fees as follows:

  • Families who receive Income Support or Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance.
  • Families who receive Child Tax Credit and have an annual taxable income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue that does not exceed £16,190.
  • Families who receive the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
  • Families who receive support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999

Reductions in fees for school or out-of-school tuition:

  •  reduction of fees for first choice lessons (not available for multiple instrument lessons):
    • 20 minute individual lessons: 60% discount on the fees.
    • 30-minute paired lessons:  60% discount on the fees (subject to two learners being available on the same instrument).
    • Instrument hire costs: 60% discount.
  • LAC ( or children who have ceased to be LAC by the LA because of adoption, Special Guardianship Order (SGO) or child arrangement order - previously known as residence order) reduction of fees for first choice lessons (not available for multiple instrument lessons). Pupils also get free  attendance at Swindon Young Musicians club as a part of this agreement:
    • 20-minute individual lessons: 100% discount on fees - free tuition (not available for multiple instrument lessons).
    • Instrument hire costs: 100% discount on instrument hire costs (Free hire).

Swindon Young Musicians - Club Subscription

Membership subscription fees also receive a discount of 60% on subscription fees as follows:

    • Families who receive Income Support or Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance.
    • Families who receive Child Tax Credit and have an annual taxable income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue that does not exceed £16,190.
    • Families who receive the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
    • Families who receive support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • LAC ( or children who have ceased to be LAC by the LA because of adoption, Special Guardianship Order (SGO) or child arrangement order - previously known as residence order) reduction of fees for first choice lessons 100% discount is offered (Free membership).

Useful Documents:

Remissions Leaflet - SMS Remissions https://smscio.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Remissions-Trifold.pdf

The term SEND is widely recognised – but it is also a term which covers a wide range of needs and disabilities. Some disabilities are invisible, and some educational needs are mental health or illness related. In any school there are children with a wide range of needs at any one time – so whether teaching in large or small groups, or one to one we need to take an inclusive approach –recognising the diversity of students, enabling all students to access musical opportunities, to fully participate in music making and learning, and to demonstrate their knowledge and strengths when progress is assessed.