I have recently taken over a Department which needs turning around. I would like to offer instrumental lessons to new Year 7 students next year who have had Wider Opportunities/ Class Band tuition in their primary school. The idea was that their teacher would recommend students who are G&T and should be given the opportunity to continue. I've now been told that lessons shouldn't take place during the school day as it's too disruptive. I explained about students being on a rota so that they wouldn't miss the same lesson each week. I am trying to boost the take up at KS4 and can't see how I can do this without instrumental lessons. We only have a short lunch break and after school may not be practical e.g. what if there are 12 students having a shared 20 minute lesson, some would have to wait for after school for an hour and 40 minutes for their lesson to start. I was told that if a student wants to learn an instrument they should do it in their own time! Alternatively I could teach the whole class an instrument for half a term as a project (this was from another Arts specialist). How can I teach students proficiency on an instrument in an hour a week for 6 weeks? To be honest, I was so taken aback that I wasn't sure what to say. Has anyone else faced this situation? Advice would be most welcome.