We’re pleased to share that we will be partnering with Caol Primary School in Fort William, in the Scottish Highlands, to deliver our third UK project this year – and our first project working directly with mainstream primary age children.

The project will be led by music therapist and Advisory Panel member Clare Reynolds, who leads on our work in the Highlands. It will begin after October Half Term and last for 6 weeks, untill the beginning of December.

This project is a result of our Covid Emergence Plan (2021-23) which intends, amongst other aims, ‘to explore the relevance of our skill-sharing approach to staff working in primary mainstream education (in response to anticipated heightened mental health needs of young children following lockdown).’  

Earlier this week, Clare delivered a workshop, pictured, for nine Pupil Support Assistants (PSAs) at Caol, four of whom will be training with her later this term. She says:

Today saw the initial meeting and training of PSA’s (Pupil support Assistants) in Caol Primary school. I have already carried out four projects in the area over the past few years, and am delighted to be running a new project in this primary school. Today was an opportunity to gather the PSAs of the school together and give them an idea of who Music as Therapy International are, the plans for the project and some practical playing at the end to finish off. So far four PSAs are signed up for the project with hopefully more interest after today’s training.

We look forward to beginning this project – keep an eye out for more blogs from Clare!