Encore Delivered Wider Opportunities

Wider Opportunities at Key Stage 1


Our Key Stage 1 projects usually consist of a term each of ukulele, tin whistle and glockenspiel with plenty of singing and rhythm/music games included.


Wider Opportunities at Key Stage 2 and 3


  • Option 1 – a termly carousel with a choice of ukulele, tin whistle/recorder and samba.

  • Option 2 – single instrument (or approved combination). A year’s tuition with the whole class learning one instrument or shared between classes (see below). Choices include: trumpet/cornet, fife/flute, clarinet, clarinet/saxophone, Doods, Toots, violin, violin/cello and ukulele.

The hire of a class set of instruments for the duration of the project is included in the cost.

How to Order

The online booking form for Wider Opportunities 2021-22 will be available here in due course. To make a provisional booking, please email your requirements to Roger Wiebkin:


Sharing Wider Opportunities Projects between classes

Schools can choose to share a year’s Wider Opportunities project between two or three classes. For example, two classes sharing will receive half a year of provision each and three classes sharing will receive a term of provision each. Please note that Option 2 can only be shared between two classes for half a year each and not all instrument choices may be available. Please contact Roger Wiebkin, Senior Manager to discuss your requirements before ordering.


Classroom support


Wider Opportunities projects are delivered in partnership with the class teacher and/or TA who play a crucial role in supporting the children’s learning. We ask therefore that the class teacher/TA (or other responsible adult such as a governor, parent or friend of the school) be present in every lesson. Naturally, we expect that any TA support normally required by individual children be provided.


PPA cover


Wider Opportunities projects are a well-established choice for PPA cover and can be delivered for both 32 and 38 weeks. Please note that we request that classroom support be available (see above).




**Please be flexible**


Keeping costs to schools as low as possible depends on us being able to utilise tutor time effectively by timetabling schools that are geographically close in the same morning or afternoon. This is particularly the case if you are ordering 1 hour of tuition. When completing your Wider Opportunities booking form, please offer as many teaching time slots as possible. Thank you!


Because of teaching commitments in other schools, it is unlikely that tutors will be able to accommodate a request to change the day/time of their visit once tuition has begun.


Costs for Encore delivered Wider Opportunities projects

  • 32 weeks x 1hr - total charge of:                      £1,200 (morning slot) per annum

£1,410 (afternoon slot) per annum

  • 38 weeks x 1hr - total charge of:                      £1,475 (morning slot) per annum

£1,685 (afternoon slot) per annum


Please note:

Encore Music Service uses Herefordshire Council term dates to determine the start and end date of project delivery. Schools adopting alternative term dates are asked to inform their Wider Opportunities tutor.


The 38-week option is delivered over 37 – 39 weeks depending on the day of the week tuition is delivered and Herefordshire Council term dates.


Instrument Insurance

Instruments used for Wider Opportunities projects are hired directly to the school. By participating in Wider Opportunities, the school accepts responsibility for taking all reasonable steps to ensure instruments are treated with care at all times, including if pupils take instruments home.


Schools are responsible for ensuring instruments are adequately insured against theft, loss or damage as instruments are NOT covered by Encore’s insurance when on hire. Schools may allow pupils to take instruments home but remain responsible for loss or damage.  Schools may choose to only allow instruments home if covered by parents/carers home insurance. In the event of loss or damage, Encore will liaise with the school, not parents/carers.


What if a tutor or school needs to cancel a session?


  • 32 Week Option – If a school gives notice of a cancellation a week or more in advance, lessons will be made up on an alternative ‘spare’ week. If a tutor is ill, lessons will be made up on an alternative ‘spare’ week.


  • 38 Week Option - If a school cancels, the session is still chargeable. If a tutor is ill and we cannot provide cover, a refund will be made.