Encore Delivered Wider Opps
Wider Opportunities at Key Stage 1
Year 1 projects focus on singing, untuned percussion and body percussion together with glockenspiel or ocarina.
Year 2 projects usually consist of a term each of ukulele, tin whistle/recorder or ocarina and glockenspiel with plenty of singing, body percussion 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 2022-23 is now available below. The deadline is Wednesday 18th May 2022
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.
Wider Opportunities projects are delivered in partnership with the class teacher and/or TA (or other responsible adult such as a governor, parent or friend of the school) whom we ask to be present in every lesson. This is because:
learning is more effective when the class teacher/TA is able to give additional support to individual children or small groups
children often require help with the technical aspects of playing. The additional adult is able to intervene unobtrusively, allowing the tutor to focus on the whole class and to keep the lesson flowing
sessions are resource rich. Instruments can need instant attention (stuck valves, replacing reeds, tuning strings). Having another adult present enable the pace of learning to be maintained
support with the distribution and collection of instruments enables effective use of time
evidence from our colleagues at Services for Education in Birmingham shows that the classes showing most progress are those where the class teacher/TA is actively involved with the lesson, learning alongside their pupils
the class teacher/TA knows the children very well and will be aware of individual pupils’ circumstances and can assist in behaviour management
taking part is a great CPD opportunity for the class teacher and/or TA
it’s a rewarding and enjoyable experience!
Schools are requested to share with tutors any information that will assist them to provide activities or approaches appropriate to the needs of every child, for example, SEND.
Naturally, we expect that any TA support normally required by individual children be provided.
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!
Tutors will be as flexible as possible should schools request a change of order (Key Stage, year group, instrument choice) or to change the day/time of their visit once tuition has begun, but may not be able to accommodate changes due to instrument speciality or teaching commitments in other schools.
Costs for Encore delivered Wider Opportunities projects for 2022-23
32 weeks x 1hr - total charge of: £1,236 (morning slot) per annum
£1,452 (afternoon slot) per annum
38 weeks x 1hr - total charge of: £1,519 (morning slot) per annum
£1,735 (afternoon slot) per annum
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.
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 less than one weeks notice is given, tutors will endeavour to make up the cancelled lesson but this cannot be guaranteed. If a tutor is ill, lessons will be made up on an alternative ‘spare’ week. We recommend schools spread non-teaching weeks across the year.
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.