Support for First Access

Schools can choose from a growing range of support:

If you’re interested in more than one of these, please contact us for advice as our resources are limited

First Access Champion Support

We have two First Access Champions in Wiltshire who have funded time to support schools maintain or start a First Access Programme.

Their work is not to directly deliver First Access, but to support school staff and/or Associates to deliver a First Access Programme which could include signposting, talking through options, planning and starting a new programme, support for first time schools or supporting school staff to deliver.

The two spread the county in the North and South. Should you wish to contact either, please email Martin.

In addition to their normal school interventions, they have provided support packages for school staff and Associates which enable First Access to continue whilst Covid 19 restrictions are effecting it’s delivery in schools.

Body Percussion

Sara Trenchard offers three exclusive videos to support the delivery of a contact free First Access Programme with Body Percussion as the focus. This three part CPD programme is free to watch below.


Fran Andrews the First Access Champ in the North has put together a run of lessons for school staff or Associates to deliver a Ukulele programme. All in easy chunks, ready to use Power Point files.

iPads for First Access

We have currently three sets of iPads, ready for Wiltshire schools to use for FREE, as long as they are used in some way to deliver a First Access programme.

Each charge and sync case holds 16 iPads, with accessories to support a class of up to 32 pupils. They come with GarageBand, ThumbJam and Apple Classroom installed as standard. Each set can be booked for a maxium of an Academic Year, and must be collected by a member of staff from our office.

Further information can be found in the booking form below.

We have additionally have 8 iPads all set up for schools to use for more advanced recording and composing. These come with an audio interface, mic and MIDI keybord.– we can make these available to some schools for limited periods of time. Get in touch if you would like to find out more.

To check the availability of the iPad sets click here.

Subsidy for First Access tuition 

We can subsidise First Access tuition where it is delivered by one of our Associate tutors and / or a designated member of your school’s staff. We encourage schools to think about how incoming expertise can be linked to wider agendas such as literacy & numeracy.

For academic year 2021-22 the request for subsidy form is now closed. Please email Martin if you have any queries about this.

For academic year 2022-23 the request for subsidy form will be open from 7th March 2021.

We have a limited budget for First Access subsidy.  To ensure your school receives subsidy please apply as soon as possible.

Before requesting support, please read the following:

Schools can request subsidy for pupils’ instrumental and vocal tuition as well as for whole class First Access provision – the processes for requesting it are different.

Access to First Access instrument sets

We can also provide access to some instrument sets for Primary Schools to use at subsidised rates.

Instrument Sets can be hired by Schools working with Associate tutors delivering First Access. These can be requested when applying for subsidy and the cost for academic year 2022-23 starts at £199.91 (+VAT) per LA school year (subject to availability). Instruments from First Access sets cannot be taken home by pupils.

Schools delivering their own First Access work can request sets to hire (priority may be given to those using Associates). You need to use the same request form as that used for subsidies and provide details of anticipated numbers of pupils, year groups and duration. Again its important to note that instruments from First Access sets cannot be taken home by pupils.

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