An ‘Outstanding’ music and dance service for Staffordshire

It’s fantastic when our services in Staffordshire get the recognition they deserve so I’m delighted that Staffordshire Performing Arts (SPA) has been rated as ‘Outstanding’. The verdict was one of only a handful in the country to achieve this grade in a national programme of evaluation of all music services in England.

The judgement follows a four day visit by the national Federation of Music Services (FMS) found that SPA provides high quality learning and teaching and provides schools, pupils and communities with an excellent level of support.

Lessons were described as ‘inspirational’ and leadership and management of the service were rated as outstanding.

Personally I’m delighted and it is very fitting as new research from the FMS which prove what I think many people have believed for a long time; learning music supports the development of the complete child raising aspiration, self-esteem, behaviour and academic achievement.

To find out more about our performing arts service go to www.staffordshire.gov.uk/spa

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