Time Out Drum Therapy Yorkshire & East Midlands.

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East Midlands


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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

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.

Listed under: Citizenship | Team Building | Special Educational Needs (SEN) | Personal Development-Mentoring | School Workshops | Science | PSHE | Music | Mathematics | Geography | Drama / Performing Arts | Dance | Music

What we offer

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.

What makes us a great choice?

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

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)

Areas Visited

WE cover the following areas:

  • North and central Lincolnshire
    • Yorkshire
    • Nottinghamshire

Accreditation and Awards

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.

Group Sizes Catered 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.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

We record all our sessions with young people and these are used as feedback on progress made.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

We record all our sessions with young people and these are used as feedback on progress made.

Education Officer Information

We have a Business Manager who is responsible for taking bookings:
Kate Oak

Pricing Information

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


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”.

Location Information

WE cover the following areas:

  • North and central Lincolnshire
    • Yorkshire
    • Nottinghamshire

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