Schools Music Guidance – COVID-19

The latest Government Guidance for working in education settings outlines:

Despite the recently announced national lockdown set to begin on Thursday 5th November, schools will not be closed during this time. Schools have implemented a range of measures to make them safe.

Parents will still be able to access registered other childcare activities, including wraparound care. Early years settings can remain open.

We will continue to update this page as new information and guidance is made available.

Key points from the current guidance for schools:

  • ‘All pupils should have access to a quality arts education… Singing, wind and brass instrument playing can be undertaken.’ (Guidance for full opening: schools; Department for Education, 1st October 2020)
  • ‘Schools can continue to engage peripatetic teachers during this period, including staff from music education hubs… Peripatetic teachers can move between schools.’ (Guidance for full opening: schools; Department for Education, 1st October 2020)
  • ‘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… with appropriate safety mitigation and consideration, singing, wind and brass teaching can still take place.‘ (Guidance for full opening: schools; Department for Education, 1st October 2020)
  • Individual lessons in music, dance and drama can resume in schools… this may mean teachers interacting with pupils from multiple groups.’ (Guidance for full opening: schools; Department for Education, 1st October 2020)
  • ‘The DfE want Hubs back in schools in September’ (Department for Education, 20.8.20)
  • ‘Peripatetic and visiting staff are expected to continue to work in schools. Breakfast and after school provision should resume.’ (Government Guidance, August 2020)

NM Teachers will work with schools and settings to understand and follow risk assessments and control measures.

The #CanDoMusic website has the latest guidance and advice for making music happen during Covid-19. 

The generic Risk Assessments for each musical activity that we run can be found here.

Newham Music specific guidance for teachers

Summer Samba Groove
Jack Petchey FoundationNational Foundation For Youth MusicArts Council England

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