Tameside Music Service to inspire vulnerable children with pioneering programme

Date Released - 13/07/2022

TAMESIDE Music Service (TMS) has been selected to be part of an innovative programme of inclusive music work with vulnerable young people.

It’s one of just 15 organisations in the country to have been chosen for the Changing Tracks national programme, which aims to reduce school exclusions.

The musical nurture group model will help TMS grow their understanding and skills in inclusive music work and support their tutors to develop new skills for working with children facing barriers to music and learning. The project will run for six months from this autumn.  

A music nurture group is a weekly 30-minute creative instrumental music session for three to five young people in a primary school. Participants are identified as being vulnerable and at risk of poor outcomes due to mental health, behaviour or general confidence difficulties. The aim is to provide a calm and nurturing environment where children can build their resilience and agency and develop a sense of belonging.  

Councillor Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Education, Achievement and Equalities, said: “Congratulations to Tameside Music Service on being selected as one of just 15 music hubs from across the country to take part in this important, pioneering work.

“Music is a wonderful way of connecting and inspiring people and can build skills, discipline and confidence and change people’s lives. Being part of this worthwhile programme showcases the service’s commitment and passion for inclusion. I wish all the best to everyone involved.”

Changing Tracks is run by Hertfordshire Music Service and funded by Youth Music. The model draws on learning from previous Changing Tracks action research in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), that children become excluded from school due to early difficulties preventing them settling into school, socialising and learning.