Sian is has been a member of the Musicians' Union since the early 90s. The Union provides full Public Liability for both performance and teaching through the Union up to £10 million.
She follows the MU Guidelines for Instrumental Teachers or see below
Taken from "Advice to teachers" - Musicians' Union
Teaching is often a major part of any musicians’ portfolio career. Instrumental teaching in schools has changed enormously with government initiatives such as Wider Opportunities - which entitles all Key Stage 2 children to learn a musical instrument in school - and the Music Manifesto reports. Instrumental teachers increasingly have to teach large groups and support classroom teachers in delivering elements of the National Curriculum.
The life of an instrumental teacher can be somewhat maligned. It is often an isolated profession, even if working for a music service, the pay and conditions are sometimes poor and the rooms where teaching is expected to take place can be inadequate. Instrumental teachers working with individual or small groups of pupils are also vulnerable to their actions being misinterpreted or even to malicious allegations.
Advice to teachers
Instrumental teachers working with individual or small groups of pupils may find themselves in vulnerable situations where their professional conduct is questioned. The following advice will hopefully avoid such situations.
Physical contact with pupils
Any physical contact with pupils can be potentially subject to misinterpretation or even malicious allegations. The best advice for instrumental teachers is to avoid physical contact with their pupils altogether.
Be aware of the issues when exchanging mobile phone numbers with your pupils. Texting, phoning, emailing, instant messaging with pupils for any other reason except to organise a lesson is to be avoided. Do not develop a social relationship with your pupil.
Refrain from making unnecessary comments to and about pupils. Refrain from using insensitive or disparaging remarks which could be misinterpreted.
If a pupil shares any information with you regarding bullying, abuse, personal problems or you suspect such problems, then you should report this to the school, parent/guardian or relevant authority at your earliest opportunity. You should not try and resolve the problem yourself.
Lifts in a teacher’s car should only be given with the express approval of the parent/guardian.
Violent or disruptive pupils
If a teacher feels their professional or personal safety is at risk, then inform a member of staff at the school. Teachers are authorised to use reasonable force to control or restrain pupils as clarified by the DfES circular 10/98.
Procedures and training
All teachers should have access to accepted policy within the school regarding Child Protection, Special Educational Needs and dealing with difficult pupils. Contact the Regional Office regarding training in these areas.
Approach your teaching as a professional and remember you are the responsible adult. If an incident happens in the lesson report it immediately to the school or the parent/guardian. If any allegation is made against you then contact the Regional Office immediately for advice and support.