In Harmony Telford and Stoke-on-Trent has published an evaluation report about the impact of the programme on children with special educational needs.

The report ‘In Harmony Telford and Stoke-on-Trent: Engaging Children with Special Educational Needs’ contains seven case studies of young people involved in the In Harmony Telford and Stoke programme. It evaluates the way the young people interact with the programme and considers the impact of the programme for children with additional needs.

Funded by Youth Music and researched and authored by Rosie Rushton, the report contains analysis of the well-being and involvement of children with additional needs. A quick round-up of the findings:

  • All learners show obvious signs of enjoyment
  • All learners are provided with regular opportunities to achieve; achievements are transferred and shared in other parts of the school day and at times into the learner’s home environment.
  • IHTS provides alternative opportunities for self-expression, leadership skills and social communication and interaction for learners who find verbal expression challenging.
  • IHTS is having a positive impact on the confidence and social skills of learners and these skills are transferred to other areas of learning
  • Parents of children involved in the IHTS programme noted the positive impact it is having on their child’s enjoyment of music, confidence and sense of achievement

The report doesn’t just contain dry statistics – it is a very readable account of the way young people are engaging in the programme. You can download the report here.