Inspiring future teachers with Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET)

Inspiring future teachers with Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET)

Sutton Music Service advocates musical learning for all children and young people. Through our partnership with the Sutton SCITT and the University of Roehampton, we support the development of music provision and participation in schools to help young people go on amazing musical journeys!

On Wednesday, 8th February, Sutton Music Service welcomed trainee teachers from the Sutton SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) and the University of Roehampton to observe a Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET) Ukulele class at Brookfield Primary Academy.


The secondary music student teachers observed Claire Cossins, Senior Instrumental Curriculum Leader, working with a Year 4 class that has been learning the ukulele since September. This observation enabled the trainee teachers to gain a first-hand understanding of the high-quality music teaching happening in primary schools across Sutton and get a clearer picture of how pupils progress along their music journeys in primary and secondary phases.


Whole Class Ensemble Tuition, sometimes called Whole Class Instrumental Tuition (WCIT), is a programme of teaching musical instruments delivered to a whole class, learning and playing together. The provision of WCET is a key aspiration for children and young people in the National Plan for Music Education (NPME). This observation was an engaging way for the trainees to see it delivered. Not only has this observation opportunity supported the trainees’ development as music teachers through reflecting on their practice, but they were also able to take away some ‘golden nuggets’ that they can use in their teaching immediately.

“The trainee teachers were able to see clear examples of the pupil’s knowledge of key music terminology and how this is applied through learning the ukulele. We are really proud to partner with the Sutton SCITT and the University of Roehampton to support initial teacher training.”

“Both RU and Sutton SCITT students enjoyed learning ukulele with y4! Understanding primary music teaching is essential for a trainee secondary music teacher. Learning to be ambitious and support transition is essential for getting the best music results for young people. Thank you for hosting us!””

Want to learn more about Sutton Music Service’s Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET) for schools?

Click here for information on our website, or contact to request a meeting.

Are you interested in getting into teaching?

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