Many of you have an established in-store tuition offering and we know that many of you who don’t are keen to begin. You can offer a logical next step for customers taking part in Learn to Play Day events, and it’s a great way to make your store a musical hub with students and their families regularly visiting for lessons, making you their natural supplier for sheet music, accessories and instruments.
We know from conversations that some of you have been nervous about getting started, and the whole issue of safeguarding is often at the heart of it. We’re here to reassure you that whilst it should certainly be taken seriously this is nothing to be nervous about, and simply a matter of following simple guidance and best practice to ensure the safety of students and staff.
The DfE issued an updated Keeping Children Safe Code of Practice in October providing best practice guidance on safeguarding measures in out-of-school settings and also referring to statutory requirements. We would recommend reading this as a basis to establishing your approach. Much of it is common sense that you would naturally put into practice, but it’s always helpful to have a refresher. It’s all about keeping everyone safe and having transparent procedures in place so that any issues and concerns can be addressed swiftly and appropriately. Once you’ve done this, it’s just a matter of regular monitoring to ensure it is being consistently followed.
As part of our remit to offer training opportunities we have purchased licences for an online safeguarding course, supplied by Services for Education whose mission is to ‘bring music and learning to life’. We’re pleased to offer MIA members access to this training free-of-charge, giving you the chance to complete targeted training that leads to certification.
You can find out more by watching the brief presentation below, and if you want to take advantage of this opportunity simply email Alice (email@example.com) and she will send you an access code.