Helping our students find their potential

In September 2018, Sandgate School created a partnership with Cumbria Music Hub and Bluejam Music. The aim was to create opportunities for the musicians working within the Hub to gain valuable experience working with children with SEND. This has been a great success, with two groups now running weekly.

The first group is a Sensory Group working with children with PMLD across the Sandgate age range. Having spent some time building up relationships between children and players, we are now composing Theme Tunes for everyone in the group. This session looks very much at psychomotor responses to music, facial expression and vocalisation. This has given all involved a huge amount of pleasure and pride. We look forward to the coming months and the performance at the end of the year.

The second group is a Primary ASC group, working on communication skills. This involves song, and instrumental work, turn taking and awareness of others within a group. All participants fully enjoy this session, and again, we look forward to the next term of music participation.