The Musical Bridge Framework – a tool for Self Evaluation
The Musical Bridges approach to transition has been grounded in seminal research into primary to secondary school transfer, undertaken by Maurice Galton, Emeritus Professor at the University of Cambridge and colleagues. Galton et al proposed the notion of five ‘transition bridges’ covering key areas of practice through which schools can ensure effective transition for pupils.
In 2005, consultants from Mouchel Parkman reported on an evaluation of approaches used in London schools to ensure effective primary to secondary transfer, and in doing so set out a self-evaluation framework, based on Galton’s Five Transition Bridges, that schools can use to identify areas of good practice and areas for development. The framework shows effective practice at four levels, representing a continuum of development and effectiveness. These levels are Introducing, Establishing, Extending and Enhancing.
This self-evaluation framework is generic – relevant at a whole school level, across the curriculum. It can be used to evaluate current practice or to help identify and plan for ways in which transition practice can be enhanced.
We have adapted the generic framework to create our Musical Bridges Framework, which relates provision under each of the bridges and in relation to each of the four levels specifically to music.
Each of these frameworks is available for download below. Musical Bridges has developed two online Transition Tracker tools – one for music staff based on the Musical Bridges Framework – and one for senior leaders based on the generic Five Bridges Framework.
The trackers are interactive tools that enable you to map your current practice and present the findings graphically. The Trackers are available here. You can read an account from Angela Mundy, Head of Music at Grays Convent School in Thurrock in Essex, of using the music tracker as a developmental tool, here.
Download the Musical Bridges self-evaluation framework here:
Download the generic Five Bridges Framework here:
You can read some of the original research and reports that underpin the Five Bridges framework on our Research page.