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Funding in a free School

Discussion in 'Music' started by anotherone, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. anotherone

    anotherone New commenter


    I've recently taken a job in a free school as head of the Performing Arts department. We have just started to run GCSE's including GCSE Music. In previous schools I have worked as a teacher at GCSE music students have received free peripatetic lessons as part of the curriculum. My question is where do I get the money to be able to do this? I seem to hit a wall with every avenue I take and I am told that the school does not have the money to pay for them. The school is not in an affluent area and most of the students in the class are on free school meals and are pupil premium students.

    I have spoken to the music service also and they don't have the funding or know of any to offer this.

    Any advice anyone can give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  2. flyingcircusfreak

    flyingcircusfreak New commenter

    It sounds like your previous school was exceptionally generous: not many schools can afford to do that. The answer to your question, I'm afraid, is that there is no particular standard funding available for you to do this. You could consider group lessons or doing some of them yourself, perhaps?

    There is also an argument (not always successful with finance managers...) that this is exactly the sort of thing which Pupil Premium should support!

  3. muso2

    muso2 Established commenter Community helper

    It isn't standard for schools to pay for peri lessons - though as you've experienced, some schools will at GCSE. It's not officially a requirement of the course to have extra lessons, but everybody knows it puts kids at a great advantage to have weekly undivided attention on an aspect of the course that counts for 30%. It's also my experience that the best performers are at an advantage when it comes to composing as they have more ideas to draw on. I mention these things as points you may use to bolster your case if you haven't already. If it's a new course and the school are supportive in trying to raise the profile of the arts they may agree to subsidise in part.
    At the very least PPF should be used to support those students doing GCSE music - it should be ring-fenced for individuals so if they say it's all been allocated already I'd be very suspicious...
    It's the kids just above PPF who are most likely to lose out - as FCF says, if you or a music colleague are under timetable, you may be able to provide support.
  4. muso2

    muso2 Established commenter Community helper

    Ps. At my school students on the PPF list are given weekly 20 min lessons throughout ks3, and 20min lessons at ks4 if they are doing GCSE music.

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