CODE OF PRACTICE

For Schools

SMS provides exceptional quality music tuition and training in schools across Sussex.

We believe:

  • that music is a universal language through which all of us are able to express ourselves

  • music-making should always be creative and that all children have a right to a good quality music education.

Sussex Music School agree to:

  • ensure excellent quality teaching, providing ongoing support and training to its teachers

  • provide performance opportunities for all students

  • Monitor our teachers ensuring best practice

  • Ensure all teachers have an up-to-date police check (DBS) and are insured

  • Deal with concerns or complaints swiftly and professionally

Teachers agree to:

  •  Work effectively by having specialist knowledge and skills.

  • Adopt the appropriate attitude, behaviour and dress code.

  • Manage my time effectively starting and finishing as planned and agreed.

  • Be aware of the support I may need and request help when necessary.

  • Keep up to date with all relevant paperwork such as planning and assessment documents

  • Be safe and responsible

  • Take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of everyone in my care, especially children and vulnerable adults.

  •  Ensure that the activity is adequately insured.

  • Provide references for my work on request and a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure.

  • Have appropriate musical skills

  • Ensure that the level of skills, knowledge and understanding are sufficient to undertake the work I am doing.

  •  Demonstrate musical expertise, creativity and versatility.

  •  Have appropriate musical resources to be able to adapt and react to changing circumstances.

  • Work well with people

  • Value all students and treat them with respect.

  • Lead high quality and enjoyable music experiences.

  •  Be friendly, approachable and professional in my manner.

  • Commit to professional development

  • I improve and update my skills, knowledge and creativity through regular training, personal reflection and membership of professional bodies.

Schools agree to:

  • Provide an appropriate venue for instrumental lessons and where whole class teaching takes place, prepare the classroom in advance by moving tables and chairs if necessary.

  • Provide access to any instruments owned by the school to the visiting teacher/trainer

  • Agree and abide by a suitable time slot for the lesson

  • Agree with the teacher/SMS at least one term in advance all dates when lessons will take place

  • Give notice no later than one month before the end of a series of lessons, should they wish to terminate lessons. The visiting teacher will also do the same.