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School music service to restart in Cardiff

Music tuition in schools is set to recommence this month following its temporary withdrawal due to COVID-19.

Cardiff Council has been working closely with Cardiff County and Vale of Glamorgan Music Serviceto make preparations for the safe return of music tuition in schools.

A series of health and safety measures, in line with Welsh Government guidance, are now in place to help keep children, tutors and school communities safe while minimising the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

This includes adaptations to the way lessons are delivered, new guidance for tutors, social distancing measures and enhanced hygiene processes.

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: “A cautious approach to the restart of the Music Service has been necessary to ensure the safety of pupils and staff and preparations have varied from school-to-school dependant on the individual space and capacity.

“Other enhancements have been made to make the provision more accessible and Chromebooks will be provided to tutors so that lessons can continue to be delivered safely, if circumstances change.

Cllr Merry added: “Music plays an important part of all our lives and I am delighted that instrumental tuition can return to schools.

“Children and young people have missed out on so much over the last few months so it is essential that measures are in place so that they canonce again enjoy the enrichment and extra-curricular activities that add so much to their school experience.”

Full details of the protocols and measures can be found on the music service website;http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/musicservice