Coming together: partnership planning in action

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We recently held two partners meetings to share what we’re all doing and what we know about the needs/issues facing schools and young people, in music education.

They were great examples of partnership in action – challenge and support for each other, connections made, and future joint-working possibilities discussed. But most important of all was the sharing of ideas and working through plans to make sure we do our very best for children and young people in Gloucestershire.

Those who attended included representatives from Cheltenham Festivals, Gloucestershire Music Makers, the Carducci Trust, Gloucestershire Music, Groove On, the Songwriting Charity, and Forest and Wye Valley Music. We discussed topics including:

  • who’s working where and doing what
  • ensuring fairer distribution of music opportunities
  • developing primary teachers’ confidence and skills in music
  • identifying how the Hub can help young people at particular stages in their musical journeys, and ensure that a range of progression routes is available and promoted to them
  • collecting and sharing data on music education in the county with schools and others
  • managing relationships with schools as a Hub
  • using the pupil premium for music
  • support for pupils in mainstream school but with additional needs (SEN or at risk of exclusion)
  • supporting transition between primary and secondary, and encouraging continuation
  • working together effectively as partners
  • evaluating our work and our outcomes

More detailed notes can be found in the partners area of the main website, and we will be acting on some of the suggestions and requests this term, and exploring or developing others over time.

Partners agreed they wanted to meet more regularly, so we will be arranging more events in due course, and inviting a wide range of partners including schools.

There have been changes in the structure and running of the Hub since the beginning of the year: for more information about who’s involved in the Hub, and how it’s run, please see the following links:

What’s the hub?

Who’s involved?


About anitanee

I'm a freelance copywriter and communications practitioner based in Monmouth, Wales, UK. I specialise in working with music and arts organisations with a social or educational purpose, as well as small charities. Find out more: Visit our music education research site: Get free advice and resources by signing up to my enews: Read the blog:

Posted on May 22, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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