Region: East Midlands Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: School Workshops

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Contact: 07824 600813



TIME OUT DRUM THERAPY works with staff in a number of schools including mainstream, special schools and pupil referral units, to support children and young people on a one-to-one basis, who struggle to engage with the curriculum and who need extra help and support. The children we work with present a range of issues which lead to emotional distress and problems around behavior that challenges, including issues around autism, ADHD and Aspergers. Through drum therapy, children learn to manage their feelings in more appropriate ways, to gain control of and improve their inappropriate behaviour and to maximise the possibility of reaching their full potential.

TIME OUT DRUM THERAPY works with children and young people to consider and improve the following:
• Difficulties with levels of behaviour that challenges and emotional distress
• Difficulties with personal and group behaviour management
• Difficulties with levels of social and emotional development
• Difficulties with disruptive behaviour, including anti-social behaviour
• Difficulties communicating and being heard
• Difficulties that require additional help and support
• Difficulties with low levels of self esteem and self confidence

THESE ARE SOME OF THE EFFECTS these issues can have upon the learning environment
• Disruption of other pupils and students
• Disruption of engagement with the curriculum
• Difficulties with managing behaviour that challenges and poor behaviour in the classroom
• Extra provision of support for inappropriate behaviour
• A marked reduction in attendance levels
• An increase in the number of exclusions/managed transfers
• Tension and conflict between students, staff and parents
• A negative impact upon school performance

SINCE 2013 Time Out Drum Therapy has been working in a number of schools in North Lincolnshire to consider and address issues such as:
• Unmanageable levels of stress and anxiety
• Low self esteem
• Anger
• Poverty
• Substance misuse in the home
• Chronic parental illness
• Unresolved grief
• Domestic violence
• Peer pressure
• Language and cultural differences
• Discrimination
• Inappropriate learned behaviour
• Bullying
• Pupils’ ineffective management of their behaviour

THROUGH DRUM THERAPY and the calming effect of playing drums, children are able to express some of the difficult feelings they experience, in a safe and secure environment. These feelings often lead to behaviours that challenge. When these feelings are expressed, children feel a sense of calm, and are better able to think rationally and take control of their behaviour.

INTERVENTIONS through drum therapy serve as both a therapeutic tool and a response to disruptive and/or inappropriate behaviour. These have been effective in enabling and empowering changes in behaviour of those referred to the service. Feedback from schools has been positive. Time Out Drum Therapy, through practical and specific interventions with young people, has supported school staff in their effective behaviour management of children in the classroom. This has also led to positive behaviour management by the children themselves.

RESTORATIVE PRACTICE - Time Out Drum Therapy uses a restorative approach when working with young people. This includes empowering change in levels of responsibility and accountability and supporting opportunities for repairing harm.

In respect of the benefits, the work undertaken by Time Out Drum Therapy has already made a significant difference to schools’ performance:
• Temporary exclusions REDUCED
• Behaviour in class IMPROVED
• Pupils enabled to engage with the curriculum following improvements in behaviour
• Attendance levels INCREASED
• Links with parents IMPROVED
• Levels of self esteem and self confidence INCREASED
• Basic skills in rhythm, time techniques and playing musical instruments acquired
• Some sessions have culminated in an end of term ‘performance’ in front of the whole school, resulting in a huge sense of ACHIEVEMENT

Please summarize why you are great to support learning.
Drum therapy is unique and special practice approach to empowering and enabling changes to young peoples’ levels of behavior that challenges. Our work provides a practical approach to help children manage their emotions and behaviour. It exclusively combines the therapeutic effect of playing drums with a psychological perspective towards enabling change to follow in behaviours that challenge. Whilst playing a drum brings about levels of calm and ability to think clearly, the intervention programme used to consider and address the behavior, brings about significant and positive changes in the young person.

Our approach is delivered in conjunction with the needs of the school and in partnership with school staff. We review practice regularly to ensure agreed objectives are met and that our work continues to be focused around the behavioural needs of the young person.

Our staff team are experienced in working with children and young people who are experiencing difficulties with a range of behaviour. We approach all our work with sensitivity, empathy and understanding. Flexibility and empowerment define our work with children and young people, along with a determination and commitment towards helping and supporting them to reach their full potential.

Our service aims to ensure that, through our work and in partnership with schools, we can enable young people to become empowered to make positive changes to their behavior and realise and reach their full potential.

The drum has “the extraordinary power to touch something deep and powerful within us” (Friedman, 2000)

What does a typical school workshop visit include?
Within an agreed and regular programme of appropriate interventions for each young person, Time Out Drum Therapy visits schools weekly to work with pupils throughout the school day. At the beginning of the work, we would meet with the young person and appropriate staff to look at the issues presented and to agree a plan of intervention in order to address the concerns. A typical individual session would involve discussing concerns and issues around levels of inappropriate behavior presented by the young person.

Included within each session, and where appropriate, a restorative approach is practiced with the young person. Discussion would involve looking at the impact of the young person’s behavior on others, and if harm has been caused, giving them the opportunity to take responsibility for their behavior and repair the harm.

We would play drums to bring about calm and relaxation on arrival and prior to talking with the young person. Through discussion of the origins of the behavior presented, we would then look at ways of empowering change in this behavior.

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?
These are the links to our website and Facebook pages:

What group sizes do you cater for?
Most of our practice involves working with young people on a 1:1 basis. However, we do work with groups of up to six young people, supported by staff.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any other useful information? 
We record all our sessions with young people and these are used as feedback on progress made.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio if appropriate?
Yes. There are no restrictions.

Are your team CRB checked for attending schools/colleges etc?
All our staff have an enhanced DBS.

Does your company have an education officer?
We have a Business Manager who is responsible for taking bookings:
Kate Oak

What is the cost?
The cost for a full day is £375.00, and the cost for half a day is £225.00 plus travel.

Where geographically will you visit?
WE cover the following areas:

• North and central Lincolnshire
• Yorkshire
• Nottinghamshire

Do you have an LOTC Quality Badge?
We do not have an LOTC Quality Badge, however:
• We hold a service level agreement to work with Looked After Children in North Lincolnshire;
• We are a partner of the North Lincolnshire Music Support Service Hub;
• We are an accredited alternative provider for young people excluded from mainstream education;
• We are in the process of being registered with the Children’s University as a provider of educational activities.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
We have received the following feedback from some of the schools we regularly work in:

FEEDBACK from Baysgarth School:

  • Young Person has taken responsibility for his feelings and has also had less exclusions and detentions.
  • Young Person has been able to off load issues with parents and see a way forward on how to deal with them. Calmer self-esteem. More focussed in lessons.
  • Young Person has found drum therapy an outlet for his frustrations and behaviour in School. Young Person is starting to address issues rather than walk away from these and will ask for help more readily.
  • Young Person enjoys talking and playing the drums. Self-esteem is growing and a willingness to engage in these sessions. Young Person is starting to think about the consequences of her actions.
  • Young Person has had less Exclusions since attending Drum Therapy. Young Person – “Drum Therapy is Fun.”

FEEDBACK from Castledyke Primary School:

• Better learning outcomes
• Resilience has improved
• New friendships
• Better attitude to learning
• Fully integrated in classroom
• Better relationships developed
• Remains in classroom more regularly
• Raised self esteem
• Increased attention during core subjects

Other comments received from staff, pupils and parents:

“The children have improved their behavior at home and are getting on much better with their friends and staff at school”.

Young people involved in the sessions have said they feel, “calmer and able to cope better with their emotions and frustrations”.

“The children are on task with their school work, much improved with their behavior and have not received any further exclusions since”.

“We very much see the value of the work that Time Out Drum Therapy has done with our children”.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Performing Arts Workshops Personal Development-Mentoring SEN Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Dance Geography Mathematics Music PSHE Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Who Visits Who?: We visit you

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