Hands Up for Trad’s mission is to encourage young people to find a means of expression, collectivity and celebration through Scottish traditional music whilst at Tinto Summer School.
Our aims include both providing excellent high quality learning experiences in traditional music and culture, whilst advocating for the widest access to traditional music and culture. It is our aim that all participants enjoy taking part in Tinto Summer School and get something out of their participation, be it increased confidence, new friendships, improved social skills, new inspiration, improved musical and cultural understanding or improved musical ability.
We aim to advocate for the widest access and will, within our capacity, welcome, support and encourage all participants including those with additional support needs. Where these have been identified we will work with parents, carers and young people to find the best way for us to support young people’s participation in a way that is respectful and enables them to engage with the other participants on an equal standing.
However, we reserve the right to decline entry to a young person if we feel it is not within our capacity to provide them with a good quality learning experience. In these instances, all possible options for including and supporting the young person will be considered before entry is declined.
In accordance with Hands Up for Trad’s Equalities, Diversity and Inclusivity Policy, we annually review our capacity to include participants with additional support needs.
(By capacity, we mean our financial capacity and the specific skills, knowledge, understanding and experience of the Board, Music Tutors, House Staff and Trainee Tutors).
It is important for us that all participants enjoy taking part in Tinto Summer School and get something out of their participation, be it increased confidence, new friendships, improved social skills,
new inspiration, improved musical and cultural understanding or improved musical ability.
We aim to be inclusive and will work with parents and carers to identify how we can work together to best support the participation of young people with additional support needs. We will work with parents, carers and young people to find the best way for us to support their participation in a way that is respectful and enables them to engage with the other participants on an equal standing.
When parents/carers fill in the online application form for a young person with additional support needs to attend Tinto Summer School, they will be provided with a Participant Functional Risk Assessment for details of the young person’s additional support needs. It is vital that we have accurate details at this stage. All information provided will be treated in strictest confidence, in line with our confidentiality policy. Hands Up for Trad will then engage in a discussion with the parent/carer to establish the nature of the young person’s support needs and find out what additional support the young person may need from us.
1 Hands Up for Trad will review the information provided in the form and following the conversation and work out what additional support would be required to enable the young person to participate.
2 Hands Up for Trad will assess whether or not we have the capacity to deliver that additional support ourselves.
3 If a third party support worker / carer is required to enable a young person to participate, it is the responsibility of the parent/carer to organise this, (though Hands Up for Trad may be able give guidance about possible funding options).
4 Hands Up for Trad will communicate with the third party support
worker/carer to make a realistic plan for supporting the participation of the young person as required. If it is identified that third party support would be required for a young person to participate, but the parent / carer is unable or unwilling to organise third party support, then we may decline entry to the young person.
Hands Up for Trad reserves the right to make the final decision about whether or not a young person’s support needs can be sufficiently met in order for them to participate in the Tinto Summer School Programme.