The Mix School Music Education Plan
Ofsted requires music education hubs to have regular and supportive, challenging conversations with each of their schools about the quality of music education for all pupils in the school. It also requires hubs to have a School Music Education Plan (SMEP) to assist in working with schools.
Read The Mix SMEP.
Ofsted, music, and schools music education plans
In November 2013 Ofsted published the report of the survey ‘Music in Schools: what hubs must do’. The report said that “previous Ofsted music surveys have reported persistently wide variation in the quality of music education in schools, with too much being inadequate and with meagre musical content. Music was too often found to be poorly taught, even in schools judged to be good or better overall” and went on to point out that “little has changed in this respect. Key recommendations from previous Ofsted survey reports appear unheeded. Too often, the schools visited expected little of pupils”.
The report recommended that music education hubs should have in place, by April 2014, a School Music Education Plan.
- 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.
- Robin Hammerton’s recent blog Music in schools: where words finish, music begins
- Ofsted recent report – ‘Music in schools: what hubs must do’
- Previous reports on music in schools:
- Making more of music: an evaluation of music in schools 2005-08
- Making more of music – improving the quality of music teaching (primary)
- Making more of music – improving the quality of music teaching (secondary)
- Music in schools: wider still, and wider
- Music teaching: professional development materials
- Music in schools: sound partnerships