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Pioneering singing programme receives £150,000 grant

The Voices Foundation and the David Ross Education Trust have received £150,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to help deliver a pioneering singing programme.

The Voices Foundation and the David Ross Education Trust have received a grant of £150,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to help deliver a pioneering programme which focusses on embedding singing as an agent for overall school improvement.

Donated by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund, the grant will enable the two organisations to deliver the programme – which aims to improve outcomes in literacy, language and communication, cognitive development and behaviour by developing a whole school singing culture – over the next two academic years across schools in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, where a significant number of pupils experience disadvantage.

The Teacher Development Fund is a new initiative that supports the delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the Primary classroom and embeds learning through the arts in the curriculum. It aims to support teachers and school leaders in developing the skills, knowledge, confidence and experience to teach non-arts subjects using arts-based approaches.

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said:

‘Learning through the arts can engage and inspire young people, support key educational outcomes and develop skills that prepare them for the next phase of their lives. For many young people, particularly those experiencing the most disadvantage, the only opportunity to gain access to arts education is at school. That’s why we are delighted to announce the six partnerships that have received a grant from our Teacher Development Fund. We were impressed by the quality of applications and look forward to seeing how the projects equip teachers with the skills and confidence needed to provide quality and impactful education and learning through the arts.’

Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music at the David Ross Education Trust, said:

‘Schools which place music at the heart of school life, engaging every pupil and every adult every day, see lives transform. In partnership with the Voices Foundation, we look forward to working with Paul Hamlyn Foundation over the next two years to explore at a profound level the connection between purposeful music-making, academic attainment, social confidence and wellbeing.’

Ed Milner, Interim Chief Executive of the Voices Foundation, said:

‘We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Together with the David Ross Education Trust, we are passionate about the wider educational impacts of singing in schools, particularly on pupils facing disadvantage. Working with Paul Hamlyn Foundation will enable us to further explore and measure this impact.’

Header photo: Artist practitioners from the Voices Foundation will work closely with Primary teachers throughout the two-year project