Westminster Education Forum

The future for music education in England

Morning, Monday, 3rd July 2017

Central London


This timely conference will examine the future for music education in England.

Policymakers and stakeholders will consider key issues for music education provision at primary and secondary level including what can be done and how to ensure the delivery of a well-rounded music education, how pupil uptake can be increased in the context of music not being an EBacc subject and ways in which teacher workload can be managed and standards maintained following an increase in non-specialist music teachers teaching the subject.

Following confirmation of continued government funding for Music Education Hubs until 2020, delegates will examine priorities for music hubs going forward - identifying how effectively they have coordinated the multiple elements of music education since their introduction in 2012, issues affecting their financial sustainability going forward, and the ways in which examples from alternative models to music hubs can be used to improve music hubs provision - in addition to highlighting examples of best practice in their implementation.

Further sessions assess how well existing pathways through music education are serving the needs of today’s students, steps that can be taken to increase the involvement of the music industry in education and how accessibility to music education can widened.

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education (subject to Departmental business)

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education (subject to Departmental business)


Rt Hon the Lord Wallace of Saltaire


Rob Murray

Company Director, Music Academy for Schools

Diane Widdison

National Organiser - Education and Training, Musicians' Union

Caroline Sharp

Research Director, NFER

Dr Laura Ritchie

Teaching Fellow in Music, University of Chichester

Kevin Rogers

County Inspector, Hampshire County Council's Music Service

Vick Bain

Chief Executive Officer, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors

Marie Bessant

Subject Specialist - Music and Performing Arts, OCR

Laura Gander-Howe

Director, Children, Young People and Learning, Arts Council England

Darren Northcott

National Official, Education, NASUWT

Philip Flood

Director, Sound Connections

Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman

Professor of Applied Music, University of Winchester

Stuart Epps

Record Producer, Epps Music Productions

Nick Skinner

Head of Service, Enfield Music Service