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A networked approach to promoting meaningful musical pathways for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

Lister Community School

Extra-curricular opportunities for our students and young people from the local community, and in particular, cross-phase ensembles bringing together students aged 8 – 16.

  • Organisation Type: School / special school / Pupil Referral Unit


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Three most commonly faced challenges

English as a second language, Economic deprivation

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Barking and Dagenham, Newham
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Composition/songwriting, Instrumental tuition, Performance, Vocal, Youth leadership


Beatboxing, Contemporary classical, Dance electronic, Folk, Gospel, Jazz & blues, Music theatre, Pop and Rock, Western Classical

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Lister Community School are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with Lister Community School:

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Definition of Indices of Multiple Deprivation

The Indices of Deprivation 2015 provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) across England, based on seven different domains of deprivation:

For more information see: - 2015 Statistical Release (PDF 1.5MB)