How to improve school results: not extra maths but music. Loads of it!

This year our school is deepening the collaboration with Palau de la musica through the #Tandem project. Here’s why music is such a great idea:

Seven years ago Feversham, a UK primary school,  was in special measures and making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Today it is in the top 10% nationally for pupil progress in reading, writing and maths.

The headteacher has embedded music, drama and art into every part of the school day, with up to six hours of music a week for every child, and with remarkable results.

The school bases its method on the Kodály approach, which involves teaching children to learn, subconsciously at first, through playing musical games.

“We could have gone down the route where we said we need to get results up, we’re going to do more English, more maths, more booster classes, but we didn’t. You might hit the results but your staff morale is gone, the kids hate learning. We want kids to enjoy learning.”

This year 74% of its pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, against a national average of 53%.

Full Guardian article here.

And here’s a pic from the Pere Vila / Palau de la Musica meeting.

Escola Pere Vila tandem Palau de la Música