TIME School achieves OUTSTANDING Ofsted rating!

Lytham Hall Park Primary School have recently achieved an OUTSTANDING rating with Ofsted, and cites their involvement with HMDT Music’s TIME project as part of their success.


I honestly believe that without our participation in the TIME project our curriculum, and our teaching and learning, … would not be as strong as it is now. I feel this was a significant contribution to the standards reflected in our Outstanding OFSTED outcome.

Sharon Bowker, Headteacher at Lytham Hall Park Primary School.





At Lytham Hall Park Primary School we have always been passionate about ensuring our team can access high quality professional development.  When we wanted to improve our curriculum offer the TIME Project offered us exactly the support we needed.  This was the opportunity to ensure that high quality teaching and learning in the arts.


The TIME project has awakened our school to the power of the arts and the importance of creativity within our curriculum. It has enabled our school to connect with inspiring artists, musicians and dramatists to support teachers in their approaches to planning and delivering high quality learning experiences. Incorporating the arts into our classes has seen an increase in our children’s motivation, engagement and self-esteem. The impact of this project is being felt across the school with renewed enthusiasm for the wider curriculum.


The difference for us was the access to high quality professional development from the skilled practitioners working closely with our teachers.  It developed subject expertise in the wider curriculum with particular impact in music and art & design. Our school was judged to be outstanding in our most recent OFSTED inspection in October 2021.  There was a ‘deep dive’ in Art & Design and also a focus on the curriculum in Music. There is no doubt that without our long term involvement with the TIME Project our curriculum would not have been judged to be outstanding.


“Teachers introduce new learning carefully, so that it builds systematically on what pupils have learned before.”

“[teachers] support pupils to remember what they have learned so that pupils can embed and use their knowledge fluently. All pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, achieve exceptionally well.”



Over three years all our teachers, and particularly our subject leaders, have learnt from the artists we have worked with through the TIME project and this has then led us to change our curriculum to ensure long term sustainability.  An example of this is the introduction of a composition unit for music in all our year groups.  This was as a direct result of the professional development we received from TIME, introducing us to techniques such as soundscapes.  It truly has been transformational.  In Art & Design we have previously struggled to introduce sketch books, ensuring all teachers had an understanding of how these benefit teaching and learning in art.  The TIME project allowed us to provide training for all our team and model how these could be used effectively.  The impact again has been transformational.


We have now moved to a point where we see the arts as a strength in our curriculum and in fact we invited the inspection team to Deep Dive Art & Design.  TIME has filled our team with confidence.


This is directly referenced in the OFSTED inspection report,

“Leaders have constructed an ambitious and well-planned curriculum for all pupils, including children in the early years. Leaders and governors have ensured that staff are experts in the subjects that they lead. Subject leaders have been able to benefit from high-quality training to develop their curriculum expertise. They have carefully considered the important knowledge that pupils should learn and when. Throughout the school, subject leaders support teachers effectively to introduce new learning and vocabulary with precision.”


We know that one aspect of the inspection framework that schools struggle to evidence is

Leaders focus on improving teachers’ subject, pedagogical and pedagogical content knowledge in order to enhance the teaching of the curriculum and the appropriate use of assessment. The practice and subject knowledge of staff, including ECTs, build and improve over time. (OFSTED Handbook 322)


Schools may have this in place for core subjects but not for the wider curriculum including the arts.  However, the work we had done as part of the TIME project, and the way this has then influenced our curriculum design, meant we could evidence this as a strength, supporting our outstanding judgement.


I honestly believe that without our participation in the TIME project our curriculum, and our teaching and learning, particularly in art and music would not be as strong as it is now.   I feel this was a significant contribution to the standards reflected in our OFSTED outcome.


However, more importantly, I now am seeing the impact in terms of our pupils’ outcomes.  For example they have built their art skills over a number of years and now they are producing art work of an incredibly high standard, but also with a love of learning in the arts.  They see themselves as artists, musicians, performers.  We see them focus on their art work for hours, engaged and enthralled, and this is facilitated by the confidence they now have as they have a toolkit of knowledge and skills.


In remote education, throughout both national lockdowns, our team prioritised the arts,  I think this reflects the teachers’ confidence and valuing of the arts built through the TIME project.  We continued with music, drama  and art work as part of our curriculum delivered remotely and we saw the well-being impact of this for our pupils.  TIME helped us all to love the arts and prioritised them and protect them in our learning  and in our lives.



Summer 2020 Holiday Courses

We are delighted to offer the following two online courses over the Summer 2020 break!

Lockdown Cannot Stop Us – Holiday Course
27-30 July 10:00 – 1:00pm
School Years 5 – 10
Cost £100.00

Come and join HMDT Music’s online Summer Course!

Together we will create our own multi-media piece. Just because we’re not in the same room, doesn’t mean we can’t create exciting work!

Working with a range of artists, the devisary course will include:

  • song-writing
  • creating dialogue
  • film-making

Bring your imagination, your voice, any instruments you play and any technical skills you already possess and might want to develop!

The course will use your individual interests and ideas as well as provide a chance to socialise online and have fun creating something together. Be prepared to carry out some afternoon tasks such as learning/recording songs, creating some designs, trying some animation, practising an instrumental accompaniment leading to an end of course Showing.

Please note: we are aware everyone enjoys different elements and has different strengths. If you like some but not all of the areas being covered, do still sign up!

Don’t miss out, click here to sign up by Saturday 18 July!


Music Lessons for you! – Instrumental Lessons

Want to develop musically over the Summer 2020 break? Do you have an instrument gathering dust in a corner you would like to learn? We can get you started online!

Beginner students

We can offer the following instruments to students who have NO experience, but DO have access to an instrument:

*Piano *Guitar *Violin *Cello *Aural/Theory

Already learning?

We can offer lessons to students with experience on, and access to, the following instruments:

*Piano *Flute *Clarinet *Bassoon *Violin *Cello *Trumpet *Trombone *Tenor Horn *Percussion *Guitar *Aural/Theory


Lessons are available in blocks of 5 or 10, at the following rates:

£225.00 for a block of 10x 30 minute lessons

£132.00 for a block of 5x 30 minute lessons

Lessons are available in blocks of 5 or 10, at the following rates:

£285.00 for a block of 10x 30 minute lessons

£162.00 for a block of 5x 30 minute lessons

Sign up now by clicking here!

Support Music Treehouse

Please help support our Music Treehouse project for SEN/D children!



Aviva’s Community Fund has given us the opportunity to fundraise to help ensure this vital life-line of creative music making can continue to help alleviate isolation and offer much needed support to children with a wide spectrum of needs through lockdown, across the summer and beyond.


Any help you can offer is much appreciated.


Commemorating VE Day

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, our I Can Sing! students have been rehearsing We’ll Meet Again, a show of music from several of our commissions commemorating different aspects of the Second World War.

Here is the Finale – a fantastic medley of war songs arranged by Matthew King, which students have contributed to from lockdown, as part of our new online programme. Although we haven’t yet been able to complete the project in the way we planned, a film version of the whole performance will be available soon.

One Spirit Extended

A new strand of our successful rehabilitation and mentoring project for young offenders will take place in HMYOI Aylesbury thanks to a new grant from the Young Londoners Fund.
Read More about One Spirit.

Shortlisted for the ‘Music & Drama Education Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre’

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the ‘Music & Drama Education Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre’, for our work on Trench Brothers.

More on the project can be found HERE on the website.

Julian Joseph Jazz Academy – Duke Ellington Summer Course

at Mossbourne Academy, E5 8JY

Come and join us for a special four-day course focusing on the masterworks of one of America’s greatest composers – Duke Ellington.

You will develop the following skills:

  • Playing from direct, professional transcriptions taken from the original recordings.
  • Learning the rich history behind each piece of music being played, and the band behind it.
  • Gaining experience playing as part of a large jazz ensemble.
  • Building confidence reading and interpreting big band charts.
  • Socialising and meeting like-minded, driven young jazz musicians.

The four days will culminate with a relaxed performance for all friends and family.


The course will be at Mossbourne Academy, E5 8JY, and is specifically for sax, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section players (approx. grade 5+, no audition required) though places are limited (especially for rhythm section players), so book now to reserve a place and avoid disappointment.

The full four-day course costs £179.00
Payable when you accept the place.

Discounted fees £159.00 available for students who attend the Jazz Blues Course or the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy.



New Saplings Programme at Music Treehouse: Interactive music making

The Music Treehouse programme at HMDT Music’s Saturday Programme, offers younger disabled children access to high quality interactive music making, boosting social skills and confidence, and offering pathways to learning through songs and participatory musical activities. The relationship between singing and speech (in the context of people with special needs) is well researched, and we find there are linguistic breakthroughs among some of the children as they become more familiar and more confident with the songs. We focus on simple tasks, encouraging the young people to join in, and even lead activities, and there are no barriers in terms of ability. For us as a team of skilled musicians we keep musical standards high, even if words and melodies have to be easy enough to encourage participation. But the combination of keyboard, percussion, flute and guitar to accompany the songs, as well as the team’s skills in improvisation, mean that we can change soundworlds in an instant, and maintain focus throughout the sessions.


As the year has progressed we have seen huge changes in the attention levels of some individuals, as they grasp the fact that making music is both fun and empowering, and that they are free to take part at any level. We try to make every moment of a session joyful, and we introduce different elements to increase stimulation, including puppets and movement work. It’s really a whole body, whole mind, whole voice approach. Some children are non-verbal/vocal, but they often have acute understanding, and certainly can participate to the same level as vocal students, even if their participation is expressed in different ways. When percussion is introduced, every child can contribute equally, and the combination of sound and rhythm changes the dynamic of the room, often dramatically, with individuals often becoming confident enough to lead sections.


This year the overarching theme has been the animal world. We have made from scratch songs about hounds, birds, geese, moles, tigers and lions. Puppets help tell the stories of these creatures, and we always bring animals to life through movement work as well as sound. Often, we travel from one animal environment to another with the help of a bus song. And each session begins with a familiar hello song, as well as songs to warm up the body, and get us in the mood to make music. The session ends with a bespoke goodbye song, which is calming and which sends the participants away on a quiet note. Our autistic children respond particularly well to these more calming activities.


Tim Yealland MBE
Music Treehouse Saplings Workshop Leader



National Commemoration Days

Our first National Commemoration Days were launched in 4 schools to 1000 children. Students participated in art workshops, learning First World War songs, meeting an Indian Soldier costumed interpreter and exploring artefacts. The days culminated in moving commemoration services bringing together all the activities from the day including laying poppy wreaths and placing newly made medals onto barbed wire in remembrance alongside army drill and songs.


Berger School

The team were amazing, helping the children explore each activity and the range of sessions gave each child an opportunity to play to their strengths. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves


As always with HMDT Music, it was thoughtful and meaningful and gave us all a lot to think about


The WW1 workshop day was very interesting and the artefacts were really unique. It was a once in a life experience


I really enjoyed the singing workshop because the warm up and songs were fun and catchy


The best day in Year 5!


I was looking forward to it all week but it was even better than I thought it would be!

Trench Brothers at Mayor’s Diwali Festival at Trafalgar Square

On the 28 October 2018 The I Can Sing! Music Theatre Programme Seniors and Richard Sumitro performed excerpts from Trench Brothers to a crowd of thousands (including the Mayor himself), at the Mayor’s Diwali Festival at Trafalgar Square.

Alongside the performance, The Royal British Legion showcased the Indian section of our Trench Brothers Exhibition at the Festival.

We were very honoured to be part of this great event – a fitting end to the Trench Brothers project.