Advice and support

What is the role of the Music Hub?

The Department for Education have requested that all music education hubs produce a School Music Education Plan, outlining how each hub and its local schools will work together. Here at the South Gloucestershire Music Hub we are committed to ensuring that there are high quality musical activities to meet the needs of all children and young people in our area.

Our senior management team have significant experience of helping schools develop a music framework for their own school, working closely with class teachers, subject co-ordinators/leaders, head teachers and governors. This work can be on a one-to-one basis, or with groups of staff or governors.

What are our aims?

  • To help and support schools to evaluate their musical provision accurately and plan for their future development
  • To deliver a bespoke service of tailored follow on support for individual schools, based on their individual areas of development

What am I entitled to?

  • Each school is entitled to a free one hour music audit visit which will identify the current strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to develop current provision
  • The audit is undertaken by Richard Jones, Music and Arts Strategy Manager or Ben Stevens, Music Progression and Participation Leader from the Music Hub
  • Following on from the audit, schools can then build their own improvement programme using a package of advice and support from the music hub

Is there additional follow up support?

In addition to the support outlined, follow up visits are also available. These may be for:

  • Whole school music curriculum planning and developing a scheme of work
  • Developing extra-curricular music, policy writing, resources audit
  • Monitoring and improvement; observation of lessons to evaluate quality of curriculum delivery
  • Ofsted recommendations for music, music lesson observation and feedback
  • Singing strategy consultation
  • Working more effectively with visiting Associate Music Teachers
  • Helping senior leadership and governors to recognise and encourage good teaching practices in the music programme
  • Helping music departments, leadership teams and governors to ensure that music is valued and effectively promoted in school

What are the outcomes?

  • You receive a tailored music development recommendations, drawn up in partnership between your school and the Music Hub. We also offer follow on support to address these recommendations
  • For senior leaders it offers a greater understanding of best practice in music, enabling them to more accurately appraise music in their schools
  • Extra support work costs are: 1 -2 hours £200, half day £412 and full day £684