Changing Tracks

SoundStorm is proud to be one of the seventeen Hubs across England, piloting an innovative programme of inclusive work with vulnerable young people in primary schools. The programme is being delivered as part of the Changing Tracks national programme led by Hertfordshire Music Service and funded by Youth Music. (Click here to be taken to their recent Press Release).

This action research pilot uses music to engage students with the aim of reducing or preventing school exclusions. The offer also aims to support music hubs and services to develop their understanding in delivering inclusive practice, whilst supporting music tutors to develop new skills for working with children facing barriers to music and learning. By taking part in this national programme, SoundStorm believes it will further inform our strategy and associated actions in this important area with the ambition to expand it into other schools needing the same support.

What is a music nurture group?

A music nurture group is a weekly 30-minute creative instrumental music session for three to five young people in a primary setting. Participants are identified by the school SENCO as being vulnerable and at risk of poor outcomes due to mental health, behaviour or 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.

The Hertfordshire Music Service model draws on learning from previous Changing Tracks work in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), that children become excluded from school due to early difficulties preventing them settling into school, socialising and learning. Creative music nurture groups can help address this preventatively and can offer a way to embed inclusive practice within mainstream workforce development.



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