All of our teachers have clear DBS checks, Enhanced Vetting and have attended Child Protection training.
Each teacher is given access to a list of Designated Child Protection officers in every school in the borough. All teachers employed by partner organisations are also subject to DBS checks by their respective employers.
All teachers (whether employed by EMS or our partner organisations) have signed up to Ealing Music Service’s Child Protection Policy.
In addition to DBS checks, EMS require all staff working with children to complete a Childcare Disqualification Declaration (EMS807).
Schools that wish EMS staff to undertake their own Safeguarding training will need to pay for it.
EMS has a legal obligation to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. It sets out the rules for processing personal information and applies to most paper and computer records. REPLACED BY GDPR!?
EMS aims to be the preferred provider of music education support to schools and to be the preferred employer for musicians working in education in Ealing. EMS measure progress towards this in the following ways:
All EMS teachers are frequently observed and assessed by members of the Senior Leadership Team and external partners Primary Achievement. This ensures that judgements of teaching and learning are mutually validated.
Any teachers deemed to be inadequate in any element receive a programme of support which will enable them to be judged as at least good by their subsequent observation.
Planning and Preparation
All EMS teachers are expected to plan and prepare lessons and where the lesson is shared with a member of school staff to make those plans available. All teachers are expected to submit term plans to EMS in advance.
EMS work in partnership with schools to ensure that all EMS teachers have consistent professional standards. This is achieved through the implementation of a range of policies and procedures which ensure teachers and schools know what is expected of them.
EMS expect all staff deployed into schools to be committed to delivering high quality learner experiences to all pupils, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds, any special educational need or which Ealing school they attend.
The Head of Ealing Music Service is responsible for effective deployment of resources and will ensure that all staff work in a range of schools in line with EMS core values and commitment to children. It is not appropriate for staff to select or reject work linked to individual schools.
EMS invests in their teachers through an effective recruitment and retention strategy and ensures that their skills are updated by a comprehensive CPD offer. They manage their school teaching schedules so that they have a range of experiences to bring to all of their work in Ealing. For this reason, we discourage teachers and schools from entering into private arrangements. However, if one of our teachers is employed by a school that they are currently providing EMS music tuition in or have done so in the past 12 months, the following contribution to our costs will apply:
WCET/Small Group/Individual/Ensemble provision:
- Up to 5 hours of weekly contact: £1600
- More than 5 hours of weekly contact: £2500
Music Curriculum Teaching:
- A charge equivalent of 12 weeks teaching at the prevailing weekly rate.
The Charges for Music Tuition (England) Regulations 2007 came into force on 1 September 2007. They apply to music tuition in state schools during the school day, such as:
schools which engage their own instrumental / vocal teachers
schools where the EMS charges the school and the school passes on charges to parents/guardians
schools where EMS charges the parents/guardians directly
it is legal to charge for instrumental and vocal tuition during the school day, subject to the parent/guardian requesting the tuition.
There is no restriction on group size, however, EMS recommends group sizes of no more than seven.
Charges may not be made for:
Tuition which is part of National Curriculum provision
Tuition which is part of key stage 2 whole class ensemble tuition
Tuition for children in care
Remissions policies should make tuition, including incidental costs of instruments and music books, affordable for all pupils.
Schools are expected to review their remissions policies in relation to children who are in receipt of free school meals and also for siblings
Charges should not result in a surplus, i.e. a school should be making a profit from music tuition provided by EMS
Schools are required to provide free instrumental / vocal lessons to looked after children
EMS welcomes positive feedback of the quality of service that are delivered for the benefit of children and young people in schools.
Please use the website tell us about this at YDattani@ealing.gov.uk
Any areas of concern linked to the quality of work delivered by an EMS teacher at a school should initially be raised with the teacher concerned or EMS officer concerned.
If your concern remains unresolved or it is felt that the nature of your concern is more serious, please contact the Head of Ealing Music Partnership at YDattani@ealing.gov.uk or 020 8843 9121.
Complaints will be acknowledged within four working days and should be fully replied to within 10 working days. Some complaints can be complicated and may take longer than the stated period to resolve.
If EMS cannot give a full reply within the stated period, EMS will advise what actions are being taken, giving an expected date for a response.