SMS update 27th April 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils

We have some exciting things to share with you this week as well as the on going development of our online resources. Please check back during the week.

Todays update is regarding online instrumental lessons:
I have been investigating the possibility of delivering direct online lessons to our pupils since the start of the current situation. After much research and advice from the council and teaching unions we have come to the conclusion that due to concerns about safeguarding and equity of access we are currently not able to currently offer this service.

I will keep this under review and as the situation changes. Other organisations in differing circumstances to ourselves may well have gone down this route but we will currently adhere to the advice we have received. We will not be charging parents for any of our tuition whist we are unable to teach but will continue to work on our free set of resource on our website.

We will  focus on other ways that we can deliver a learning experience to our students such as streaming lessons via YouTube or via tweeter/instagram where pupils can join in a lesson or play along to a teacher. SMS staff are also working very hard creating online tutorials and resources for their pupils as well as trying to keep in regular contact through parents or through schools.

I am aware that some of you are in contact with your childs tutor so we have written a guide to help you to help keep everybody safe

·       Please engage with music service staff on behalf of your children and please don’t ask the children themselves to directly email the member of staff.

·       Any tasks that we may request are suggestions. We understand the difficulty of the situation for many at the moment so please do not feel any pressure from us.

·       If you are sending video evidence –

o   Please make sure that children are appropriately dressed.

o   Please record the video yourself and send it yourself. Please do not ask your child to do this.

o   Please record in a space that is as visually neutral as possible with no other siblings in shot and no family photos visible.

o   Please be patient if you are expecting feedback as our tutors are also working under difficult circumstances.

o   Please only send video evidence if you have been requested to do so by the tutor.

Toby Smith – Head of Service