School Music Education Plan

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The Ofsted Report, 'Music in Schools: what hubs must do' concerns the impact that, from April 2014, Music Education Hubs are required to have on leading improvements to music provision in schools.

In order to support schools, Barnet Education Arts Trust have produced a self-evaluation tool (aimed at Headteachers, Senior Leadership Teams and Music Leaders), which outlines the activities that could be offered as part of a progressive musical programme:
BEAT Music Self Evaluation Tool for Primary Schools(1)

While some schools have significant provision for music, others may need more support in further developing their work. We suggest three possible stages of development. We recommend that schools use this self-evaluation tool to feed into their own School Development Plan and School Music Policy.

BEAT can help your school with:

  • Music Networking – with music practitioners in schools across the borough
  • Training opportunities run by BEAT and signposting to other CPD
  • Curriculum support – advice always available, extended and tailored support also available as a purchased service (through BPSI)
  • Barnet Schools Music Festivals (KS2) and Infant Music Festivals (KS1) – support singing access, quality and progression, ambitious curriculum content, a performance opportunity for children and a development opportunity for teachers.
  • Whole Class Ensemble Projects of varying lengths and with a range of instruments to meet your needs
  • Instrumental and Vocal tuition – visiting tutors in a range of instruments, can be IITs (parents deal directly with BEAT and tutors visit your school) or Buyback (school deals with parents and purchases teaching hours from BEAT)
  • Extra curricular music activities – tutors to run clubs and groups or to work alongside and train school based staff
  • Signposting to lessons, groups and ensembles in BEAT’s weekday and Saturday Music Academies

Contact BEAT for a free one hour School Music Education Plan (SMEP) meeting to discuss ways that you can develop and improve your music provision.Schools can book an online meeting by emailing [email protected]

Mark Phillips, Senior Her Majesty's Inspector and Ofsted's National Lead for Music, talks about:

  • the music research review and what effective music education looks like. (video link HERE)
  • the music research review and the role of the three interrelated pillars of music education. (video link HERE)

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