Music Therapy at The Clare School

At The Clare School we are proud to say we have our own full-time music therapist providing specialist one-to-one intervention on site. Music therapy aims to help our children to work on non-musical, therapeutic goals through musical activities. Therapeutic goals fall under the four main areas of movement, communication, cognition, and social/emotional wellbeing. However, music therapy can also help to develop confidence, self-esteem, creativity/play and a sense of identity.  

Music therapy goals are often aligned with students’ individual Learning Support Plans and/or goals set by other therapists. Where appropriate, the music therapist will do joint sessions with other professionals to combine skill sets and share good practice. Activity programmes may also be created for daily application in class and/or at home.

Activities in music therapy may consist of:

  • Improvisation and play
  • Exploring instruments and sensory objects
  • Music and touch for sensory integration
  • Moving to music 
  • Singing to improve speech/breathing
  • Music listening and reflection
  • Songwriting
  • Talking
  • Relaxation


Nurture at The Clare School

One-to-one Nurture sessions are provided for children who need additional support around emotional wellbeing. Our cosy Nurture room boasts a wide range of toys, games and art/craft materials for self-expression, as well as pamper products, sensory lights and a space for relaxation.

The main aim of Nurture sessions is to improve and support the mental health and wellbeing of the young people we work with. By helping children develop essential social skills and emotional regulation, we can ensure they are able to learn, integrate and grow as people. Nurture sessions offer a safe space for children to express themselves, explore emotions and learn about building safe and nurturing relationships with adults and peers. Referrals fall under the three main categories of mental health/emotional support, behaviour and social skills.


Through weekly one-to-one (or group) sessions we aim to support the development of:

  • Self-esteem and confidence.
  • Understanding of emotions – how to recognise and regulate them.
  • A skillset to socialise with others and have an understanding of the world around them.
  • Promotion of independence.
  • Balance and knowledge to move through grief, transition and change.


We like to work alongside class staff to give insight, share ideas/resources and to support generalisation of skills learnt, into the pupil’s everyday life. Where appropriate we will provide written recommendations for staff to implement in class on a daily basis.


ELSA at The Clare School

ELSA sessions are led by Emotional Literacy Support Assistants who have had special training from educational psychologists to support students with their emotional development. ELSA is designed to be a short-term intervention of 6-12 weeks, working on a specific SMART target, which is set after the first couple of sessions. More information about ELSA can be found at