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Music In School

We understand the important role that music contributes towards school life, both in and out of the classroom. This can sometimes be hard to communicate or advocate for when there are so many other subjects to contend with and focus on.  

The new National Plan for Music Education outlines that all schools including special schools, must deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum which includes music. We have more information on the NPME here.

If you are looking to drive improvement of music provision in your school, we have created a handy Music Development Plan for special schools to use, linked for you below. Our guide can help you to create a vision for music in your school, assess your current music provision and create an action plan for improvement.  

The Music Development Plan is a helpful tool to aid self-assessment of your music curriculum, tuition and ensembles in your school, singing and music in school life.  

If you are looking for help to improve music in the school, you can contact our School Support Team or your Area Manager who can help.  

There are many organisations out there who are ready to help schools advocate for high quality music making. Music Mark are the UK’s biggest association for music education, membership can be applied for through Kent Music. Find out more about that on our dedicated Music Mark page.

Music Mark have created some fantastic resources to support teachers and music leads to advocate for music making in their school. Their #10Things article series provides information on the benefits of music making including information on the important contribution music can make to school life.  

Helpful Resources

Sounds of Intent (SoI)

Sounds of Intent is an assessment framework to support the development of students with more profound disabilities. It is tailored to be more open in its progression stages and is backed by the University of Roehampton where qualifications can be taken in its delivery, though this is not necessary to implement it into your curriculum planning. 

Model Music Curriculum

The Model Music Curriculum (MMC) was released by the DfE in March 2021. It has been created by an expert panel led by ABRSM, the panel also included teachers and musicians or all backgrounds. The MMC is non-statutory guidance designed to support schools to ensure they are delivering high quality music education through their music provision

‘The power of music to change lives; A National Plan for Music Education’

The new NPME was released in June 2022. It updates the expectations on Music Hubs and Schools in regard to music provision. We have more information here on the new NPME.

Ofsted – Striking the right note: the music subject report

Released in September 2023 this subject report gives a realistic review of music in schools between December 2022 and June 2023. You can also read our blog on the Ofsted report here.

ISM Advocating for Music in Schools – A guide

The Independent Society of Musicians has created a fantastic guide to support the advocacy of music education. Whether you are a music lead, classroom teacher, governor or parent this is such a helpful tool to advocate for the power of high quality music education.

Music: a guide for governing boards

A helpful document from Arts Council England that supports school governors to champion music!