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Equality, diversity and inclusion

Our equality, diversity and inclusion work


WFMEH Inclusive Music Strategy 2021-2025
Our strategy sets out a plan for building a culture of inclusive music education, where all children and young people are valued and recognised for their unique qualities, ideas, voices and perspectives and where they can see the Hub providing a range of diverse musical opportunities and progression pathways.
Read our Inclusive Music Strategy (pdf)

Read our Equality and Diversity Policy (.pdf)

Lead Inclusion Manager
David Austin is the lead manager for inclusion at WFMEH, with responsibility for improving and developing the Hub's inclusive practices.

For any queries relating to our inclusion work please contact David Austin via the main office.  

WFMEH and Changing Tracks
We all know that learning and making music can make a massive impact on young people. It can improve wellbeing and has a wealth of benefits for their intellectual, personal and social development. But despite this, too many are missing out because they face a range of barriers to participating in music education.


We’re one of fifteen music services from across England who are part of Changing Tracks, a programme of support and learning for and with music services wanting to improve equality, diversity and inclusion. It's run by Hertfordshire Music Service and funded by Youth Music.

We helped each other to be more inclusive through a peer network facilitated by Music Mark, funding for action research, support and challenge, advice and resources.  


At Waltham Forest Music Education Hub we’re also one of nine Changing Tracks partners who carried out action research with our staff teams to research this further. We’ve explored what helps and hinders us and found ways to dismantle  barriers and make our organisations and activities more equitable, diverse and inclusive. 


About the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England

The network is part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England.


The Alliance is a growing network of organisations working together to:

  • promote equity in music education

  • support others to do the same through advocacy, CPD, resources, and strategic alliances.


What does being musically inclusive involve?

Musically inclusive practice involves making sure young people’s music is HEARD:

  • Holistic - placing emphasis on personal, social and musical outcomes

  • Equitable – people facing the biggest barriers receive the most support

  • Authentic - developed with and informed by the people we do it for 

  • Representative – the people we work with as participants and colleagues reflect our diverse society

  • Diverse – all musical genres, styles, practices are valued equally

Diagram showing the HEARD priciples of musical inclusivity as described in the text below the diagram.
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