SEND Schools Update

December 2019

Welcome to the Christmas edition of Hertfordshire Music Service SEND Schools Update!

This term has been a busy one at the Music Service with lots of exciting developments so this festive newsletter focusses on these new initiaves.

Thank you for your patience in setting up an SEND Music Teachers Network meeting this term. We hope that the announcement below proves worth the wait! We are still struggling to make contact with many Hertfordshire Special Schools so if you have any contacts please do encourage them to get in touch and please do feel free to forward this newsletter.

As always, if you have any questions, ideas or concerns, please do get in touch. Sadly I will will be leaving Hertfordshire Music Service at the end of this term, but look forward to our paths crossing in the ever small Hertfordshire music and inclusive arts scene. In the mean time, Nick Denham is the Head of Participation and Inclusion and will continue to drive forward the development of the Hertfordshire Music Service SEND offer.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Hertfordshire Music Service Update

Funky Pie

The Funky Pie Company started as the home of our Arts Award programme, but has grown to encompass the full breadth of Herts Music Service’s SEND provision. Please do take a look around to find out what we are offering:

Inclusive Music Group

In our newsletter earlier this term we shared some information about a new inclusive group we are hoping to develop at Mid Herts Music Centre on a Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately we did not receive any responses with suggested participants. If you have any musicians in your school who you feel may be interested, please email We are looking for musicians of all interests and abilities to be part of a pilot project, bringing traditional musical instruments and technology together to explore new music.

*FREE!* Music Assembly

A number of successful assemblies have been delivered this term, thank you all for the positive feedback! If you are yet to have your assembly the deadline to make contact is Tuesday 17th December, although the assembly can be booked for January 2020. Please email Flis ( to get this booked in.

Mobile Sensory Room

Hertfordshire Music Service has a multi-sensory resource (lighting, sound, projections, etc.) that is currently housed at Mid Herts Centre in Hatfield. We are exploring various uses for it, including a semi-permanent set up at the centre and/or loaning it out to schools. It is set up on a wheeled flight case so it can be moved around on the flat, although it is large and heavy so would require a van with a tail lift for use outside Mid Herts. If you have an idea of how you could use the trolley or would like to know more, please do get in touch!

SEND Music Teachers Network & Herts Big Beautiful Noise

We are excited to announce the date for our next SEND Music Teacher Network! The event will take place on Wednesday 29th January 2020 from 68pm at Mid Herts Centre for Music and Arts (Birchwood Avenue, Hatfield, AL10 0PS). We listened to the responses received about an ideal location and time and hope that this twilight session will work for the majority.

The session will be an opportunity to network with other SEND teachers, find out about Herts Big Beautiful Noise and enjoy a What’s in your Cupboard? music technology session delivered by Drake Music. There will be hot drinks and sugary treats available and we hope that many of you will be able to attend.

Please RSVP here to let us know that you are coming:

You will find out more about Herts Big Beautiful Noise at the network meeting, but hopefully already know a little bit from the information Hertfordshire Music Service sent out to all SEND Schools earlier this term.

We were unfortunately not successful in securing enough through our crowd funding campaign but are delighted that Hertfordshire Music Service are going to fund the event to ensure that we can shine a spotlight on Hertfordshire’s Special Schools this summer!

You can find out more about the project on the crowdfunding page here: We look forward to sharing the details of how you can get involved when we meet in January.

We are also trialling a new, private Facebook Group for the SEND Teachers Network: Uptake has been low, so please do consider joining to stay up to date with the latest network news and events. We appreciate that not everybody has Facebook or wishes to use it for professional purposes, but are keen to explore informal ways to keep the network engaged over a large geographical area between newsletters and meetings.

 Culture is taking centre stage during 2020, as part of a year-long campaign to showcase Hertfordshire’s creative opportunities. Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 (HYOC2020) will put the spotlight on arts, culture and heritage across the county and we want you involved!

Activities, special events and experiences will be taking place during 12 themed months that look to celebrate different types of art, share cultural experiences and explore our creative heritage. Months include promoting local museums and theatres, exploring the county’s culture in our towns and parks, encouraging you to try something new or get involved with volunteering.

So, no matter what art and culture means to you – there will be something for everyone. To find out more about HYOC2020 visit our website at; where you can sign up to our mailing list. You can also follow us on and to keep up to date with the campaign as it develops. For further information, please contact the HYOC2020 Project Co-ordinator, Liz Gore at

Music Therapy

Did you know that Hertfordshire Music Service has a team of Music Therapists? Please head to  to find out more.


Celebrating music in Hertfordshire Special Schools
We know that lots of fantastic projects are already taking place in Special Schools across Hertfordshire and would love to share news of music and arts events that are happening in your school.

If you have anything you would like to feature in the next newsletter, please email We’d love to see photographs, write-ups, student reviews and anything else you’d be happy to share.

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