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In June 2022, the Department for Education published its policy paper ‘The power of music to change lives: a national plan for music education’. The plan sets out our vision for music education and how this can be achieved through partnerships with schools, music hubs, the music and creative sector, and others.
Since the publication of the first National Plan for Music Education (NPME) in 2011, much has changed, with curriculum and qualification reform, the growth of multi-academy trusts, and the publication of the Model Music Curriculum. The plan, which is non-statutory guidance, builds on the 2011 vision, responding to the change of the past eleven years, and recognising that more needs to be done to support teachers, leaders, schools, trusts and Music Hubs to deliver the best for children and young people.
The plan sets out how to build on the Model Music Curriculum and achieve our vision. The plan states that:
• music should be represented in every school’s leadership structure, with a designated music lead or head of department at school and/or academy trust level, for primary and secondary phases
• in partnership with their Music Hub, we would like every school (including multi- academy trusts) to have a Music Development Plan that captures the curricular and co-curricular offer and sets out how it will be staffed and funded
• we will pilot a Music Progression Fund to support disadvantaged pupils with significant musical potential, enthusiasm and commitment. It will be delivered through schools and Music Hubs from Autumn 2023, with match-funded government investment over four year
• in addition to the existing relationships they have with all local schools, all Music Hubs will identify and partner with a small number of Lead Schools (including academies) with high-quality music provision to work with the Music Hub on design and delivery of continuing professional development (CPD) and peer-to-peer support for schools on music in their area by Spring 2024
• we will establish national Music Hub centres of excellence for inclusion, CPD, music technology and pathways to industry. The centres will be appointed by Autumn 2024 and based in four Music Hubs, with additional funding to provide specialist support to all Music Hubs across England
• all Music Hubs should develop and publish an inclusion strategy, and all Music Hub lead organisations should have an inclusion lead by 2024.
During this webinar you will hear from Stefano Pozzi on how the Plan is working in practice. You will also hear from our panel of experts on how they have used the plan, with an opportunity for you to put further questions to the panel in a Q&A session.