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VMT SURVEY RESULTS

ESTA UK has conducted a survey asking visiting music teachers (VMTs) about how COVID has affected their work. Over 300 VMTs responded.

You can also scroll to the bottom of the page for the latest results from the follow-up survey, published on 24th January 2022.

The detailed results are below, but here are five main conclusions may be drawn from the survey:

  • Around 80% of respondents lost income due to the pandemic. 
  • Many VMTs appear to be in a confusing or contradictory contractual situation. 
  • While online teaching has gone well for most VMTs, almost everyone, teacher and pupil alike, is keen to get back to face-to-face lessons. 
  • Throughout the chaos of the pandemic, the vast majority of respondents have succeeded to continue to do their jobs. 
  • The problems that our respondents have faced due to COVID have actually existed, to a lesser extent, for some considerable time before, and will almost certainly continue after the pandemic is over. 

The point about contracts is worth investigation: it seems that while many VMTs are classed as ‘self-employed’, they are actually treated as employees by some of their schools. 

ESTA UK is currently working on a follow-up survey to the same 300 teachers who kindly filled in the first questionnaire, asking about how they are affected by the latest developments. 

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Follow-up VMT survey results (24th January 2022)

1) Types of school

  • 135 teachers work at 352 schools
  • 61% are state schools
  • 35% are private schools
  • 4% are specialist music schools
  • 57% are primary schools
  • 43% are secondary schools

2) Employment status

  • At 53% of schools VMTs work on a self-employed basis
  • At 24% of schools VMTs are employed by the school
  • At 19% of schools VMTs are employed by a music service
  • At 2% of schools VMTs are employed by a Hub
  • At 1% of schools VMTs have worker status
  • At 1% of schools the VMT works for an agency

3) Contracts

  • At 40% of schools VMTs have a contract with school only
  • At 30% of schools VMTs have a contract with parents only
  • At 19% of schools VMTs are working without any contract or written agreement
  • At 11% of schools VMTs have a contract with both the school and parents

4) Hours worked

  • At 40.5% of schools VMTs work 3-5 hours per week
  • At 25% of schools VMTs work 1-2 hours per week
  • At 20% of schools VMts work 6-10 hours per week
  • At 7% of schools VMTs work 11-15 hours per week
  • At 6.5% of schools VMTs work 16+ hours per week

5) Number of years worked

  • In 32% of schools the VMT has worked 10+ years
  • In 21.5% of schools the VMT has worked 5-10 years
  • In 15% of schools the VMT has worked 3-5 years
  • In 12% of schools the VMT has worked 2-3 years
  • In 12% of schools the VMT has worked 1-2 years
  • In 7% of schools the VMT has worked 0-1 year

6) When schools shut in March 2020 and reopened Sept. 2020 VMTs reported that;

  • At 57% of schools they were not treated the same as curriculum staff
  • At 26% schools they were treated the same
  • At 17% of schools they were unsure whether or not they were treated the same

7) Loss of income

  • At 59% of schools VMTs did not lose work/income
  • At 41% of schools VMTs lost income

8) How VMTs attitude to schools changed

  • At 80% of the schools the VMT did not consider reducing hours or stopping work due to school decisions that negatively impacted them
  • At 20% of the schools the VMT did consider reducing hours/stopping work

9) CPD and feedback

  • At 72.5% of schools VMTs receive no CPD or feedback
  • At 12% of schools VMTs receive CPD and feedback
  • At 8.5% of schools VMTs receive CPD only
  • At 7% of schools VMTs received feedback only

10) Teaching space

  • At 75% of schools VMTs have a suitable teaching room
  • At 13.5% of schools VMTs sometimes have a suitable teaching room
  • At 11.5% of schools VMTs do not have a suitable teaching room

11) Equipment

  • At 77% of schools VMTs have suitable equipment
  • At 12% schools they don’t 12%
  • At 11% schools they sometimes do/sometimes don’t

12) Security of room booking

  • At 72.5% of schools VMTs are guaranteed a teaching room on an ongoing basis
  • At 16.5% of schools they aren’t
  • At 11% of schools they are sometimes but not always

13) Notice of changes

  • At 50.5% of schools VMTs have sufficient notice of changes
  • At 27% of schools VMTs sometimes have sufficient notice of changes
  • At 22.5% of schools VMTs don’t have sufficient notice of changes

14) Wellbeing

  • VMTs feel trusted, valued and supported at 67% of schools
  • VMTs don’t feel trusted, valued and supported at 18% of schools
  • VMTs were unsure as to their feelings at 15% of schools

15) Are schools hampering good teaching/learning?

  • VMTs can teach to the best of their ability at 73% of schools
  • VMTs can sometimes teach to the best of their ability at 15.5% schools
  • VMTs cannot teach to the best of their ability at 11.5% of schools

16) How well do schools support and celebrate instrumental learning?

  • 50.5% of schools are good at supporting and celebrating the achievements of instrumental students
  • 30.5% of schools are sometimes good at this
  • 14% of schools aren’t
  • At 5% of schools the VMT was unsure about this

17) Integration

  • At 36.5% of schools instrumental study is well integrated into the wider curriculum and school life
  • At 30% of schools it sometimes is
  • At 23.5% it isn’t
  • At 10% of schools the VMT was unsure