Norfolk Music Hub’s involvement with Changing Tracks began with the development of an innovative progression route for songwriting, supported by the Songwriter website (from Changing Tracks partner Hertfordshire Music). Changing Tracks also supported us to pilot two pieces of action-research in several of our primary schools, supported by targeted training for service and school staff.

Learning from this and from our membership of the Changing Tracks National Working Group for Inclusion, has suggested need to integrate inclusion practice within the wider service workforce and policies, and especially to develop progression routes so that inclusion becomes part of the Hub’s core focus on musical progression.

We have therefore begun developing our own cohesive and structured Musical Inclusion Strategy. It has enabled us to share best practice, concepts and ideas in a structured and supportive environment. It has made partnership working with other like-minded establishments seamless.

Through 2019/2020 we have developed a music inclusion strategy alongside Dr Phil Mullen to address our EDI within Norfolk. This strategy has allowed us to fully understand the needs of all CYP within the county. Through this 4 year plan the following Strategic Priorities are to be implemented.

Strategic Priority 1

Inclusion is embedded across hub region. This includes deepening knowledge at board, SLT and other levels.

Strategic Priority 2

Cultures, policies and procedures to support inclusion and to ensure that appropriate and continuing resources are put in place to enable the inclusion strategy to succeed.

Strategic Priority 3

Staff (to include all music service staff, generalist and specialist school music teachers, frontline volunteers and other hub providers) have appropriate and sufficient skills to deliver musically inclusive practices with all children and young people.

Strategic Priority 4

There is a widely held perception of the hubs that embraces and foregrounds inclusion and diversity. The hubs have engaged with schools and parents to advocate for the positive benefits of musical inclusion.

Strategic Priority 5

The work of the hub to engage in sustainable ways with new groups of children in challenging circumstances has expanded. Wherever appropriate this should align with council priorities.

Strategic Priority 6

The offer for children with SEND has been expanded, building on current good practice.

Strategic Priority 7

The hub has increased and sustained engagement with children with SEMHD, including those at risk of school exclusion or at risk of becoming involved in the youth justice system.

Strategic Priority 8

Data is used as a driver for inclusion.

Strategic Priority 9

There is an increased emphasis on a move to long-term engagement in music and a culture of progression for all children (including those in challenging circumstances).

Strategic Priority 10

Monitoring and evaluating the level and quality of inclusion across the hub is embedded and influences future strategy.

Strategic Priority 11

The workforce and governance bodies of the hub more closely reflects the makeup of the hub area.

Strategic Priority 12

The hub will have explored the potential of virtuality as it relates to both inclusion and access.

Strategic Priority 13

Activities will seek to more closely reflect the needs and interests of young people, with particular emphasis placed on youth voice, diversification of genre and shared ownership.

As a music education hub we see this as the beginning of a journey where our membership of Changing Tracks will embellish the current provision for all CYP not only in Norfolk, but by sharing good practise through the platform and relationships to all CYP across the country in a cohesive and all-encompassing manner through all areas of our organisation. We look forward to using the Changing Tracks E, D and I action plan to create a staged implementation of our strategy, and sharing the learning about the successes and challenges of the process.

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