We are delighted to be able to partially reopen Colwell Arts Centre from the 26th April 2021 on a strict appointment-only basis. To collect, return or exchange an instrument, please contact us at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk to make an appointment.


If you are a self employed teacher or school looking for support with regards to planning for the forthcoming academic year then please click here.

COVID-19 Instrument Hire Help

We understand at these difficult times that some families will be finding payment of these invoices challenging, especially where you might have significantly reduced incomes. We do not want to let money be a barrier to your child continuing to learn on the instrument they have chosen and we have made funding available to support this. Please click here to complete the COVID-19 Instrument Hire Help form and email to mark.medland@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Adverse childhood experiences & attachment & looked-after children

A resilient child will have had experience of a consistent, positive parent or carer. They will feel worthwhile,safe and capable. Many children do not.


This may be as a result of early adverse life experiences (ACEs, including ‘early trauma’), particularly between the ages of 0-3. These ACEs are common in looked-after and adopted children, but also in many other children.

This affects their relationships, behaviour and mental health. Around 50% of the population experience and ACE, and 12% of the population experience four or more. Many of these are young people who are living in foster care, also known as ‘looked-after’, as well as those who move on to an adopted family.   

An informed teacher, tutor or mentor can make a big difference to a young person; and even a little knowledge of ACEs and Attachment will help you to improve their ability to learn and succeed.

Practical advice



Further reading

See also the Behavioural and emotional difficulties and mental health section 

Help us improve Make Music Gloucestershire

Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.