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Wider Opportunities (WCET)

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Wider Opps

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Benefits for Pupils and Schools

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The National Plan for Music Education states that every child should have the opportunity to participate in weekly tuition on a musical instrument through whole class teaching programmes and to sing regularly. Our Wider Opportunities projects (known as First Access or Whole Class Ensemble Tuition in other parts of the country) are designed to meet both these expectations and contribute to the delivery of a school’s ‘broad and balanced’ curriculum.

Delivered by specialist tutors, our Wider Opportunities projects provide high quality, creative and affordable musical experiences for children that complement and enhance the delivery of the National Curriculum for Music. Children and young people develop musical skills and understanding as they learn to play an instrument and sing together, working towards a ‘celebration’ performance. As well as instrumental skills, projects include singing, rhythm/music games and opportunities for improvising, composing and listening to a range of musical styles.

Learning an instrument has many benefits. It:

  • enhances social development

  • improves learning skills

  • fosters team working

  • builds life skills

  • promotes self-discipline

  • encourages creativity

  • is a skill for life and, by no means least….

  • is fun!


For further information about any aspect of Wider Opportunities provision, please contact Sue Walker (Music Education Manager):

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