In many schools, the teaching and learning of music has been taking place as part of a national scheme called Whole Class Ensemble Teaching.

Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) usually involves a visiting music teacher from a music service coming in to school and teaching whole class music lessons using a range of orchestral, band, rock, pop and world music instruments. WCET is sometimes known by other names such as ‘Wider Opportunities’, ‘First Access’ or ‘Key to Music’ (K2M) in Staffordshire.

The programme provides a vibrant foundation of music-making and equips pupils with the vital skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to make good progress with instrumental and vocal learning in future years.

This is a fully inclusive whole class approach where pupils learn their instruments all together.

Key Information for schools

  • Participating schools receive a weekly session for a class of children and a wide choice of instruments including: strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, guitar and ukulele.
  • As WCET is curriculum time provision, schools do not pass on this cost to parents, ensuring the session is affordable for all participating pupils.
  • All schools are invited to participate in end of year celebration concerts for no additional charge.

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