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Stephen Robinson is a music trained teacher who works at Green Park
Special School in Wolverhampton. It is an all age special school for pupils aged 3-19 with severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties and those with autistic spectrum conditions. Here, and in his previous post at Beaufort School in Birmingham, he has used music extensively, as a means of developing communication skills, of adding an extra dimension to curriculum topics and also as a subject in its own right.
Sing Up is a really flexible and versatile tool. It is online so teachers can use it anywhere that they have Internet access: in class, the hall, clubs, at home.
There are plenty of different backing tracks which can be useful if a teacher is not especially musical or if there are no facilities for making music
In theory, any school could put together a bank of music resources.
Stephen thinks this would be a false economy as it would be a
very time-consuming process and the end result would not be as comprehensive.
Sing Up hasbeen designed by music specialists and introduces
pupils to different rhythms and tempos and the musical culture of different countries.

It is an ideal resource for special schools. There are suggestions for
classroom activities and videos of songs with demonstrations of Makaton signs which teachers can copy. There are lesson plans as well as grids for communication aids so pupils who need assistive technology can join in too.
The variety of information on the site means that staff can make sure they have suitable content for pupils with a wide range of needs.

Some pupils with communication difficulties come into their own if they are given a microphone. It seems to unlock their ability to vocalise and helps them to verbalise. Reuben had limited verbal skills. He went through a phase as an elective mute but an African call and response song unlocked his speech so that he began to say different words and sing in the right pitch. Soon he was trying to express ideas in increasingly developed sentences.

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You could:

Use it in weekly assemblies led by different staff using signing and switches
Find songs which link into curriculum topics
Use songs for big school productions
Set up workshops for parents
Create playlists of songs you could use every day or every week
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