Mid Essex Primary Schools receive funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to improve school readiness through musicianship.

Teachers in seven mid Essex Primary Schools will be supported to develop their skills, knowledge and experience to improve school readiness through musicianship. The approach will target improvements in pupils’ personal, social, communications skills and language development through the arts in the primary curriculum.

Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance have received significant funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund to work in partnership with Essex Music Services and London Music Masters on this project. The fund will be used over the next two academic years to explore and develop arts-based learning, and to share the findings more widely across that Alliance’s schools.

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive at Paul Hamlyn Foundation “Learning through the arts can engage and inspire young people, support key educational outcomes and develop skills that prepare them for the next phase of their lives. For many young, people, particularly those experiencing the most disadvantage, the only opportunity to gain access to arts education is at school.”

Tracy Goodway, Strategic Lead, Chelmsford Teaching School Alliance “We are delighted to have secured this funding and are very much looking forward to working with our schools, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and our project partners over the next two years. There is significant and growing evidence suggesting that engagement in music can positively impact on a child’s personal, social, emotional and intellectual development from an early age, and this project will explore how teachers and schools can work alongside musical experts to develop their practice and maximise this impact. An exciting opportunity!”

For further information Sophie Woodward, Communications Officer, Paul Hamlyn Foundation swoodward@phf.org.uk (020 7812 3331)

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. The mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.  The foundation has particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts/ www.phf.org.uk

Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance – The Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance is a partnership of 37 schools in mid Essex who work together to recruit, train and develop teachers and school leaders in order to ensure the very best education for the children in our schools. The Alliance was established in 2013 and is based in the lead Teaching School, Newlands Spring Primary School. www.chelmsfordteachingschoolsalliance.co.uk

London Music Masters – founded in 2008 by Victoria Robey OBE and Prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky. The charity has pioneered an award-winning approach to music education positively affecting the lives of over 2000 children and young people in London’s inner-city schools. It has also helped build the careers of young professional musicians enabling them to develop their artistry in the concert hall and in the classroom.

Essex Music Services – part of Essex County Council – is the lead partner in Essex Music Education Hub which is supported by funding from the Department for Education which comes to us via Arts Council England. Along with partner organisations that make up the Hub, it offers a range of musical services, projects and opportunities throughout Essex schools and within the community. www.essexmusichub.org.uk