School Music Education Plan

The Department for Education have asked that all music education hubs produce a School Music Education Plan, outlining how each hub and its local schools will work together. This was a recommendation from Ofsted in its ‘Music in schools – what hubs must do’ report (see excerpt below), which is being acted on by Arts Council England (who distribute hub funding on behalf of the Department) in requesting these plans.

Excerpt from ‘Music in schools: what hubs must do’

– Ofsted, Nov 2013:


Music hubs should, by April 2014, each prepare a school music education plan that enables them to:

  • promote themselves with schools as confident, expert leaders of music education in their areas, not simply as providers of services
  • expect and secure that all schools engage with them and the National Plan for Music Education
  • have regular supportive, challenging conversations with each of their schools about the quality of music education for all pupils in that school
  • support all schools in improving the music education they provide, especially in class lessons, and support them in evaluating it robustly
  • offer expert training and consultancy to schools, which supports school leaders and staff in understanding what musical learning, and good progress by pupils in music, are like
  • ensure that their own staff and partners are well trained and ready to do this work
  • spend a suitable proportion of their staff’s time on working with school leaders strategically, alongside their work in teaching pupils directly
  • publicise their work effectively to schools and explain how it can contribute to school improvement
  • facilitate school-to-school support as appropriate
  • promote high-quality curriculum progression in schools and ensure that hubs’ work in schools is integral to this
  • robustly evaluate the impact of their own work on pupils’ music education.

Schools should:

  • make better use of the provision and funding provided through hubs as part of the National Plan for Music Education
  • expect music hubs to provide them with expert advice and challenge – the challenging conversation – and take action on this
  • evaluate their musical provision more accurately, especially teaching and the curriculum, and seek training and advice as needed.

Arts Council England, supported by the Department for Education, should:

  • take rapid action to improve the reporting and accountability framework for music hubs, ensuring that it contains evaluation of the quality of the work of the hubs in schools; this should include the evaluative examination of hubs’ work
  • challenge hubs to achieve the best value from the public money they receive
  • guide hubs in developing and implementing their school music education plans.


Music education organisations should:

  • support the hubs in developing their work and their school music education plans
  • help develop better understanding of what works in achieving a better music education for all.

Ofsted will:

  • through its National Lead for Music and, as appropriate, other specialist music inspectors, support and challenge hubs in improving their work in schools, by:
    • discussing its findings within the music education sector, thus contributing to understanding and the debate with national bodies concerned with music education
    • visiting a sample of hubs and schools and looking at their work. ?
  • ensure that all school inspectors are familiar with the findings and recommendations within this report.

Read the Music in schools – what hubs must do executive summary or the Music in schools – what hubs must do full report.


If you would like to make an appointment with the B&NES Music Hub to discuss the music delivery in your setting, please send an email via the contact us area on this site, in the black tool bar above. After the meeting, we will provide you with a document stating areas in which you are covering all aspects of musical delivery in your school, and areas for development.