INSTRUMENTAL AND SINGING LESSONS
Since the first lockdown in March 2020, EMS has implemented measures to support online music lessons using council-owned-and-monitored tablets and an approved delivery platform (Zoom) in the event of future school closures. Staff have received training in this area and several have already started to teach in this new way with positive feedback from pupils, parents and schools. We have also published the comprehensive COVID-19 Appendix to our Service Level Agreement shown below and circulated to schools on multiple occasions.
In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 4th January in which he directed people to only leave their homes for work if they cannot work from home – and in conjunction with DfE’s latest update Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: schools – Ealing Council has instructed EMS to deliver lessons online and hereby requests schools to work with the EMS management to enable children to continue to access high-quality music education from home or on-site. For CW and vulnerable children, lessons may be delivered on-site as long as this does not affect EMS teachers’ ability to teach children who are unable to attend school, as per their confirmed schedules.
We fully appreciate that this will entail additional effort and would like to thank all school-based colleagues in this endeavour.
Head of Ealing Music Service
8 January 2021