Funding for your music service to develop a trauma-informed creative musical nurture group project, Sept 2022-March 2023

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  • Changing Tracks is pleased to make available funding for music services in England to each develop a trauma-informed creative musical nurture group project in a primary school
  • £1,500 is available per music service to support your tutor’s delivery time, introductory and subsequent monthly online training; we will ask services to match-fund time for a supporting project manager to attend introductory training and to analyse return and present outcomes evaluation after completion of delivery
  • The funding is available for music services and music hub lead organisations who have not previously received Changing Tracks funding
  • Applicants will be asked to confirm they have capacity to begin programme delivery during September 2022 to conclude early March 2023
  • Please note, we are looking for applicants who will be interested to roll out more widely in their services after Changing Tracks funding has finished.
  • This opportunity and the Changing Tracks programme are led by Hertfordshire Music Service (HMS) and backed by Youth Music, thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England.

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What is a primary school creative musical nurture group?

A musical nurture group is a weekly 30-minute, creative instrumental music session for 3-5 young people in a primary school. Participants will be identified by schools, usually the SENCO, as being vulnerable and at risk of poor outcomes due to mental health, behaviour, or general confidence difficulties. The aim is to provide a calm and nurturing environment where children can build their resilience and agency and develop a sense of belonging.

The HMS nurture group model draws on learning from previous Changing Tracks action-research in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), that children become excluded from school due to early difficulties preventing them settling into school, socialising and learning.

A creative musical nurture group is a practical way to implement/help develop your service’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan, by embedding inclusion within mainstream instrumental music teaching, and linking this to school and local authority preventative health and inclusion agendas. 

For more information, check out our nurture groups blogs.

Running a nurture group can also help you to develop more inclusive whole class teaching too – read about our next National Music Services Working Group on Inclusion discussion on inclusive whole class, including an invitation to join the discussion on Tues 14 June at 1-3pm. Tead about a model for creative, social and inclusive WCET.

Why is Changing Tracks making this funding available?

  1. To provide a way for music services to link a practical initiative to EDI action planning, bringing EDI intentions to life through CPD for instrumental music teachers’ delivery in school
  2. To give music services an opportunity to test a proven inclusion model which can be adapted and scaled up afterwards with more teachers.
  3. To support music services to develop outcomes linked to schools and local authority team’s inclusion agendas
  4. To gather learning to share with other music services across England and the UK to advocate for embedding equality, diversity and inclusion

What is the timeline?

  • 20/05/22   Fund launched
  • 06/06/22   Online drop-in briefing session 3-4pm – meeting link here.
  • 17/06/22    Deadline for return of application form
  • 24/06/22   HMS/Changing Tracks confirms successful applicants
  • 30/06/22   Online project briefing for services who have been confirmed 3:30-4:30pm
  • Sept 2023 (date tbc) Online training session on Trauma-informed practice  
  • Sept 2023 Nurture groups begin, followed by monthly online critical reflection sessions*   
  • 10/03/23   Tutors return reports and case studies to their project managers for analysis*
  • 17/03/23    Project managers return analysis to HMS to include in reporting to Youth Music
  • 28/03/23   Project managers/music service leaders share outcomes during National Music Services Working Group on Inclusion (NWG)
    *Funding for tutors’ reporting time and critical reflection sessions is accounted for in the funding 

What support will Changing Tracks provide?

  1. £1,500 funding to support the tutor’s time for training and delivery, as per your service’s costs. This payment will be made in two halves, the first 50% paid at commencement of the project
  2. Facilitate online sessions: initial briefing, training, critical reflection groups and project manager groups (see above)
  3. Provide critical reflection diary, report, case study and outcomes framework and reporting templates
  4. Share your learning (including case studies) nationally with other music services through Changing Tracks website, social media, enewsletter, events and other channels e.g. Music Mark 
  5. Offer feedback on EDI Action Plans

What do I do next?

To make your expression of interest, please complete the application form, attach to an email and send to by Friday 17th June 2022.

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