Battle of the Bands (Wii)

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Some LAs allocate their ‘top-up’ funding based on the individual needs of a pupil, and what provision is required to meet the individual pupil’s need. These LAs don’t use banding (or at least, they aren’t admitting to it).

Portlandia had a the "Battle of the Gentle Bands" skit, a battle between an acoustic band, a band that didn't use microphones because they don't want to hurt insects, two women kissing a large bell, and the winner: a woman blowing on some hanging feathers. The Crumpets episode "CrumStep" has Lil-One and Granny's music act partnership fall apart, and they duel in a concert in Ma's workshop with recruited family members in their sides and entertain with hammer pounding or saw blades. The concert ends when Ma arrives and she and Pa remind the family of her Forgotten Birthday, and the duo reunites at the end. Grojband often had these as episode plots. Given the surreal nature of the show however, none were ever ordinary, including a scary campfire song contest featuring a Humanoid Abomination, one against alien invaders where the destruction of Earth is at stake, and even an extreme curling competition.

That might sound like a reasonably balanced picture: most bands static, a few up, a few down, but generally speaking, business as usual. Well, that’s not how it’s working out in reality – because the costs of keeping SEND provision going have gone up a fair bit over the last few years.

Of these 129 LAs, 72 of them have made no change at all to their banding values over the last 3 years; In 2010 Toks founded the music commissioning and producing company Sinfonia Newydd in Wales, providing a platform for established and emerging professional composers, including as part of cross-artform collaborative projects. Toks has also been a Board Director of Sinfonia Cymru, where he contributed towards the development of Sinfonia Cymru Curate.


A really interesting article. I am a private training provider, and I have a learner who unfortunately came under these “banding” rules for our Local Authority. Initially there was Element 1, Element 2 and a banding of “severe” for Element 3 (High Needs Top Up). Unfortunately for this particular learner the amount of funding the Local Authority was not able to meet the needs of Section F, in fact the total available funding equated to only 50% of what the learner needed. I conveyed and explained this to the learners parent, who in turn engaged the help of a solicitor who specialises in EHCP. Basically the legal advice was that the Local Authority “banding” was irrelevant, and that the LA had a legal obligation under Section 42 of the Children and Family Act 2014. The parent was advised to write to the LA explaining this, and giving them five working days to respond. The parent was also advised to advise the LA to seek legal advice. The next stage would have been to apply for a Judicial Review, to which the solicitor had a Barrister that would have been all ready to take on the case. Needless to say, the LA took legal advice, and is now funding the EHCP fully, rather than through a system of banding.

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