[RESOURCE] The stages and indicators of inclusion in music services and hubs

Indicators of inclusion diagram

Download the stages and indicators of inclusion diagram

As part of the Changing Tracks programme, we commissioned this new version of a diagram that has been used in education and other sectors for many years*. 

It’s a useful way to depict the journey to becoming more inclusive, and to act as a tool for discussion and review in our organisations.

We wanted to go one step further though.

So we developed a table to help us understand how we know what stages we’re at, what the indicators are for each stage, and in different parts of our organisations such as:

  • Pupil voice
  • Settings
  • Workforce
  • Progression routes
  • Recruitment
  • CPD
  • and Funding

Sample page from the table (1 of 4) – this one is completed in draft:

We shared this with our music service partners, and ran a short workshop to co-create some of the indicators of an inclusive music service or hub, starting with the indicators around the EXCLUSION stage.

We’re now working with our other music service partners on developing the indicators around the other three stages: segregation, integration and exclusion.

We’re sharing the diagram and [RESOURCE] Indicators and stages of inclusion table for you to download and use in your music service. We hope you find it helpful as a tool in your discussions and planning for inclusion. 

You may also find Youth Music’s guidance useful: Evidencing how music education hubs are becoming more inclusive (features 11 indicators and 26 sources of evidence) and also their publication, Developing an inclusive approach to the core and extension roles.

We’re keen to collaborate with other music services and hubs to develop this resource so it becomes an ongoing work in progress to help us learn more collectively. If you’d like to send us any suggestions for the different indicators we can evidence on our journey to inclusion, we’d love to receive them at any point over the coming weeks and months. Simply download the table, add your suggestions into any parts of the table (it doesn’t have to be completed) – and return it to us at team@changingtracks.org.uk. We’re aiming to publish a first draft of the table in December but it will continue to be a living document. 

Hertfordshire Music Service is a founder member of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England (AMIE). It runs the Changing Tracks programme which helps music services to become more inclusive by providing a peer network, resources and tools, and funding for action research on the barriers and drivers to inclusion.  Visit the AMIE Musical Inclusion Resource Hub for tools and guidance, blogs, videos, case studies and more, to help you break down barriers to music-making.

* Sources: We think the stages of inclusion originates from work published by the Centre for Studies in Inclusive Education, but the graphic appears at:


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