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Outstanding: the verdict on Hampshire County Council’s Music Service

Hampshire Music Service is an outstanding service – that’s the verdict of an independent evaluation by the Federation of Music Services.

The FMS recently carried out an evaluation of music in Hampshire and gave Hampshire County Council’s Music Service the top score. Their report concluded: “The expertise within the service has the potential to make a significant impact in developing creative and cultural learning in Hampshire beyond music and to make a contribution to the development of music education beyond Hampshire.”

The report judged the service on eight categories: Achievement and standards; support for pupils; personal development; teaching and learning; Provision: breadth, access and participation; professional development; leadership and management and overall effectiveness. The inspectors also took into account the views of learners and stakeholders as well as judging the Service’s own self-evaluation.

Hitting the high notes in four key areas

According to inspectors Hampshire Music Service excelled in its:

•Support for learners

•Personal development of pupils

•The breadth and access of its provision

•Leadership and management

Specific strengths identified were the responsiveness and flexibility of staff; the integration of all strands of musical opportunity and the Service’s rigorous safeguarding procedures. And inspectors shared the view of the service that investment in quality is the key to success. The report went on to say: “The success of this strategy is now evident in the high quality provision and outcomes evident in the service’s work”. It also noted that a key indicator of the service’s impact was seen in the engagement and enjoyment of the young musicians it works with.

Commenting, Councillor David Kirk, Hampshire County Council’s Executive member for Children’s Services said:

“Congratulations to the Music Service for this outstanding report. They have gone from strength to strength supporting ensembles to competition success and winning the prestigious national accolade of the National Music Council’s Major Trophy. This report is the icing on the cake for them.”

27 July 2009