Whole Class Ensemble Teaching

Learning an instrument in a classroom environment is, for many children, the first step on their musical journey. Playing alongside their friends brings a range of musical and social benefits and can have a positive impact on their learning across the curriculum.

Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) is a scheme detailed in the National Plan for Music Education (GOV.UK) and its key objective is to provide all primary school children with the opportunity to learn an instrument at no additional cost to them.

Surrey Arts delivers WCET through two different programmes, First Access and Tuning Up, enabling you to choose the right model for your school, as we know that every child is unique, and every school is unique. We want to support you to create a package that best suits your children, so if you like the idea of WCET, but not sure how it would work for your school, please contact: miriam.hepburn@surreycc.gov.uk

First Access

First Access is a WCET scheme for Key stage 1 and 2 music teachers, whereby Surrey Arts will support you in leading your own music classes using Surrey Arts Interactive Charanga resources.

Surrey Arts provides:

  • Reduced Charanga licence fees
  • Access to reduced cost instrument purchase - please contact miriam.hepburn@surreycc.gov.uk for further information.
  • Continual Professional Development (CPD) for teachers.

You have a choice of the following instruments:

  • Recorder
  • Percussion
  • Ukulele

The Surrey Arts Interactive Charanga licence gives you access to ten week-by-week lessons to teach a class to play recorder, percussion or ukulele.

It also offers a complete scheme of work for the primary music curriculum, as well as additional resources for assessment, teaching, SEND and topic work.

For information on how to get started, cost and training on the software, please contact: miriam.hepburn@surreycc.gov.uk

Tuning Up

Tuning Up is a one year programme for Key stage 1 and 2 students. Experienced Surrey Arts music teachers will visit your school and teach your students music over the course of the year. This service follows four possible payment models.

Model one

This model provides the opportunity for children to benefit from a range of musical experiences, which would help children who may struggle with a particular instrument. If they discover an instrument that they love, there will be the opportunity to continue lessons.

  • One year programme
  • 10 weeks per term/30 per year
  • One class of children for three terms
  • Two or three instruments across the academic year.

Model two

  • One year programme
  • 10 sessions per term
  • Three different classes for one term (this can be different year groups)
  • All classes learn one instrument.

Model three

  • For schools that are already in the Tuning Up programme for 2019-20 and wish to continue with their current programme.

Model four

  • This model offers bespoke Tuning Up programmes.

Please contact: miriam.hepburn@surreycc.gov.uk to discuss further the above models etc.


Through Tuning Up Surrey Arts offers free instrument hire from September 2020, by subsidising the cost of instrument loan to schools. You can choose from the following instruments:

Choice of instruments at Key stage 1 are:

  • Recorder
  • Ukulele
  • Voice
  • African percussion
  • Classroom percussion

At Key stage 2 same as the above plus:

  • Clarinet
  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Violin
  • Plastic brass

If you wish to discuss which model is right for you, please contact jo.ninian@surreycc.gov.uk