Welcome to Services For Education

Services For Education (Charity no. 1148848) uses the power of learning and of music to create and build confidence amongst children, young people, adults and communities across the city of Birmingham.  Our mission is to bring music and learning to life.

We believe that every young person should be able to grow up to be the very best that they can be, regardless of their background.

To this end the charity was formed in 2012 to provide more opportunities for children of all ages and abilities in Birmingham to reach their full potential.

The graphic on the right will tell you a little bit more about our work and the impact it has.

Services For Education Limited

Registered Number: 07739831
Registered Charity in England and Wales: 1148848

Registered Address:
Unit 3 Holt Court
Holt Street
Birmingham Science Park Aston
B7 4AX

CE: Sharon Bell

Our charity is overseen by a dynamic board of Trustees:

Chair of Trustees:  Sarah Smith

Trustees: Selwyn Calvin, Laura Williams, David Bolton, Paul Davies, Clive Stone, Joanna Cooney and Parmjit Singh.

249 staff employees
we employ 221 highly trained teachers
1038 safeguarding staff trained

Awards we have won for our services


2022 Winner
the Arts, culture and heritage award


2021 Winner
Innovation in Education Award

Birmingham chambers logo

2021 Winner
Excellence in Training and Education

music & drama awards

2021 Winner

music & drama awards


2019 Winner
Excellence in Training and Education

2019 Winner
Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

Music Teacher Awards For Excellence Logo - Services For Education

2018 Winner
Music Education Council Major Award

Birmingham Awards - Services For Education - Music Service

2018 Winner
Contribution to Education

2021 Finalist
Excellence in Contribution to the Community

2020 Finalist
Excellence in Sales & Marketing

music & drama awards

2019 Finalist
Excellence in SEND for Music and Drama

ERA2019 Finalist Logo. Services For Education are finalists in 2019

2019 Finalist
Education Resources Awards THE EDUCATIONAL BOOK AWARD

Brass bands england award logo, won by services for education

2018 Silver winner
Birmingham schools' brass band championship sections

2018 Finalist
Excellence in Contributing to the Community

We have three main offers




our values are extremely important to us

Our mission is to provide services in support of excellence in the teaching, learning, and wellbeing of
young people and adults. We do this by applying these principles:



Emily – tiger tiger

“I just wanted to send you a message to say how amazing M and my dad found Tiger Tiger – when I called my dad after work he was absolutely buzzing about it and it sounded incredible!! Both M and the other service user who went got so much from it. I had a tear in my eye when my dad was talking to me about it all and how much M communicated non verbally. I really hope it is successful for you all because it is such a wonderful opportunity you are giving to adults like M. I really hope there is one session in a half term so that I can go with M!!! Congratulations on this amazing project. Best wishes, E x’“

sophie fleming – year 2 music co-ordinator – colmore infANT SCHOOL

“A huge thank you for inviting us to the event on Thursday. The children had a fantastic time and they got so much from the whole day. They loved the drumming workshop and the campus tour (our tour guide was brilliant with the children). It was great for our children to see older children perform a wide range of instruments. An inspirational day all round. I had children saying ‘I want to learn the keyboard next’ and ‘I’m going to study here when I grow up’. What more could you ask for?!”


“Exciting and vibrant topic work combines subjects across the curriculum. Pupils enjoy developing reading, writing and mathematics skills through subjects like history, geography and science.”

debbie poole – class teacher – baskerville school

“Our students do not easily collaborate so to work together, editing and improving to make music, has been a positive challenge and they are visibly learning and enjoying the experience. It’s the layering of their combined efforts which is lovely to witness.”

Assistant head teacher – Safeguarding course

“Great opportunities for an honest discussion across schools and to see successes from other schools and to see and compare and share good practise tips.”

liam fadden

“Jo delivered our Safeguarding training in September 2019 to all our staff and governors. I asked Jo to cover a wide variety of safeguarding areas and she did this with great clarity. As a school leader it is reassuring to know that all your staff are getting very good quality safeguarding training. All staff feel much more confident having had a full day to listen, reflect and discuss a wide range of safeguarding topics.”

lucas houldcroft – trumpet student

“I’ve been able to improve my playing immensely thanks to orchestra peers and tutors pushing me, I have made a number of friends and have had amazing opportunities throughout the year to play some great music in some of the UK’s most renowned concert halls.”

eddie mcnamara

“Services for Education have been invaluable to us as a school in their support of our NQT’s over the past few years. Not only do they offer advice based on their years of experience and knowledge they also provide excellent CPD opportunities for our NQT’s. We look forward to working with them again in the future.


“All of the staff at Services for Education that I have been in contact with have been so helpful, in particular Natasha Lawson-Hollingsworth who is in the School Support Service. I have just started a new job supporting the NQT’s in our Academy, Natasha has helped and advised me on many occasions and answered my many questions. Thank you so much for all the help that you have provided this is excellent service and much appreciated.”

des wilson – head of music – bordesley green girls school

“I just want to say thank you for investing again to allow year 7 pupils in Birmingham to experience a performance from the CBSO. I took 115 girls on Monday from Bordesley Green, and have to say that the overwhelming response was incredibly positive, and many have been asking to listen to some of the pieces again in lessons. They were also inspired by Mirga, whose energy certainly makes her a role model in the classical world for girls to aspire to emulate. Thanks again, keep up the great work.”


“I have been meaning to contact you for weeks to say a big thank you to you and the Music Service for everything you have done to encourage and help Elly develop her love of music, orchestral playing and the cello. I am so impressed with the Service and how encouraging they are in helping our young people to become music lovers and I certainly think that if Elly hadn’t become involved with the Music service from a young age that she wouldn’t be studying music now. I took her to the Royal Welsh in Cardiff last week and so far she is absolutely loving it, and I’m sure she will continue to thrive and happily continue her musical career there. I just wanted to thank you for everything.”


“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for you work in creating two flash mobs at Washwood Heath Academy. One with the National Youth Orchestra and one of your own making. The response from the school was overwhelmingly positive, with students and staff alike commenting on what a positive, exciting and fun atmosphere it created. Since both of the flash mobs the interest in Asian Drumming has skyrocketed, especially with the girls in our school, something that previously hadn’t happened. Just wanted to say a massive thank you and I hope that we can continue with more performances at lunch time and breaktime over the next year!”

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