Posted: Sun 29th May 2016

New Music Service Offer Hits The Right Note With Schools

This article is old - Published: Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Hundreds of pupils across Swansea will have access to high quality music tuition from September thanks to their school signing up to the city’s music service. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Figures released today show almost 90 per cent of secondary schools and over 70 per cent of primary schools have already signed-up to what will be a new Swansea Council service replacing the former joint West Glamorgan Music Service. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Jen Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “September will bring a new era for school music services in Swansea and I am delighted the vast majority of schools have signed up. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We aim to reward their show of confidence in our service by building on the existing provision to further to meet their expectations and their aspirations for their pupils. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We also hope more schools will join them in future as we make the service stronger and demonstrate its professional approach is better than anything other music service providers can offer.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

News of the high uptake from schools follows decisions last month by Neath Port Talbot and Swansea councils to de-couple the West Glamorgan Music Service and set up separate music services. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The way the system works nationally is that schools make their own decisions on purchasing music tuition provision from their budgets. They can choose music services from a council-run service under what’s called a service level agreement (SLA). ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

So far 56 primary schools and 12 secondary schools in Swansea have agreed Service Level Agreements to receive a music service from the Swansea Council schools music service from September. Schools who have not done so yet are still able to buy in at a later date. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Swansea Council has pledged funding support for the school music service while the review takes place and a new service is established. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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