Musical inclusion is a way of working that gives every child and young person an equal opportunity to participate in music and to learn and progress through music to the best of their individual capabilities. It acts to counteract the effects of exclusion, which may be based on cultural background, level of ability or other factors and to help children overcome barriers to their learning, whether these be physical, cognitive, environmental, emotional, behavioural or psychological.

Mullen, 2018

As part of our Musical Inclusion Strategy 2018-22 we have invested in training to develop our workforce. Working in partnership with MAC Makes Music two of our teachers have taken part in a training programme specialising in music work with children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

We have also developed a new musically inclusive programme called Lead the Beat to champion music as a vehicle to improve and raise the attainment of children in challenging circumstances. Our Lead the Beat programme is suitable for any child or young person who may benefit from a different approach to music making for example, pupils with Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) or Personal Education Plan (PEP). The programme, which will be available from September 2020, will be delivered by MAC musicians and Severn Arts music teachers.

What does the Lead the Beat programme include? 

The programme will provide a specialist music leader who can deliver a range of creative and inclusive music sessions tailored to meet the needs of the students identified by the school. Focus in each session will be on fun and engaging music activities which encourage personal and social outcomes as well as developing life skills and may be jointly funded by Pupil Premium grants if appropriate and supporting the educational outcomes set in an EHCP or PEP.

What activities can be delivered as part of the programme?
  • Singing in a group
  • Small group instrumental sessions
  • Song writing sessions as 1 2 1, paired or small group activities
  • Band development projects for students who would benefit from social aspect of playing together
  • Recording pupil’s work as alternative to performance activities if appropriate
  • World music – djembe, gamelan etc.

Lead the Beat programme details

You can also find out more about working inclusively in the film and guide produced by MAC Makes Music. 

 A Short Guide to Working Inclusively Through Music


Please contact Debbie Fawcett at [email protected] to discuss a Lead the Beat programme for your school.