Music in schools: what hubs must do

15 Nov 2013 Ofsted

Ref: 130231

This short survey report challenges all music education hubs to be bold in implementing the National Plan for Music Education and to grasp the opportunity to lead, with schools and other partners, improvement in schools on a major scale.

The survey found that music hubs, working at their very best, can challenge and support school leaders to bring the numerous benefits of a good music education to all pupils, not simply the few who choose, or who have the resources, to specialise in the subject or an instrument. However, Her Majesty’s Inspectors found few examples of such good practice.

The report is based on visits to 31 schools, and detailed discussions with their associated hubs, by Her Majesty’s Inspectors between February and July 2013, within the hubs’ first year. It draws also on findings and recommendations from other recent Ofsted music subject reports, which have consistently concluded that music provision in schools is often weak and poorly led.

The report is accompanied by three short interviews with hub leaders, which focus on challenges and how they are being overcome.

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