sendCharanga is delighted to announce the launch of a new SEND/ASL section within its award-winning Musical School programme for Primary and Special schools.

Musical School is now being used by over 7,000 UK schools to provide specialist and non-specialist teachers with the music teaching skills and digital resources to offer all children and young people high quality, progressive music learning.

With the addition of this new SEND/ASL section, Musical School has the potential to equip all teachers working in an SEND/ASL setting with the skills and confidence to teach music.

At the heart of the Charanga SEND/ASL section is a Scheme of Work called ‘Anyone Can Play’ which was developed by the Music Unlimited team over several years of working in SEND/ASL settings. Charanga has adapted the Scheme into a simple-to-use digital programme with important new features while preserving the tried and tested core methodology.

This new SEND section in Musical School has been made possible through Charanga’s involvement in the ambitious three-year ‘Bright Future for SEND Music in Greater Essex’ project funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music and the Essex Cultural Development Fund (for work in Essex) with contributions from Charanga and a range of other national and local partners.

Music in SEND/ASL

It is beyond doubt that good music learning can have a profoundly positive effect on children and young people’s learning capabilities. For children with language difficulties, music can provide opportunities for non-verbal expression helping them communicate mood and emotions with greater freedom. Working towards exciting music performances can increase confidence and help to develop new skills as well as providing a way for pupils to explore their creativity.

Charanga Founder and Director says …

“Through Charanga’s digital partnership work with over 100 Music Hubs, I see at close quarters the effort and commitment they put in to supporting children with special needs through providing specialist teachers, workforce development and training. It’s also clear though that there’s not always enough resource or skilled practitioners to support the kind of work that’s needed to make a sustainable difference on a large scale.

Our work as part of the Bright Future for SEND Music in Greater Essex project has enabled us to spend time with teachers on the ground to identify and share good practice. Importantly, we’ve also been able to gain an understanding of how we might use our technology expertise to help overcome some of the resource and skills challenges.

This new SEND/ASL section in Musical School is really the first in a series of software releases based on our experiences and it’s designed quite simply to help increase SEND/ASL music teaching capacity within the workforce.

Ultimately, using Charanga’s music education technology and drawing on a range of the most successful teaching approaches we feel we can enable many (hopefully all) SEND/ASL teachers regardless of their musical experience, to feel confident and knowledgeable enough to start or to do more music teaching in their schools. They’ll be able to draw on a pool of shared best practice to ensure the quality of that teaching.

A lofty ambition perhaps but with the way Essex Music Hub and Youth Music have structured the project in Greater Essex they are ensuring that everything positive that emerges from it will be preserved in new digital programmes which will be used all around the country as part of a longer term legacy.

Right now, we hope you find the new Musical School SEND/ASL section to be a good first step.”

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The Education Team