School Music Education 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.
- 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.
- 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.