Westminster Education Forum

The future for music education in England - maintaining standards, music hubs and career pathways

Morning, Monday, 3rd July 2017

Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR


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

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

In the context of music not being an EBacc subject and an increase in teaching by non-specialist staff, delegates will also consider latest thinking on the new Ofsted inspection regime and what can be done to maintain standards and ensure the delivery of a well-rounded music education at primary and secondary level, how pupil uptake can be increased, and ways in which teacher workload can be managed.

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 be widened.

Guest of Honour

Laura Gander-Howe

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

Guest of Honour

Laura Gander-Howe

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

Keynote Speaker

Mark Phillips

Senior HMI, Ofsted


Rt Hon the Lord Wallace of Saltaire

Diana Johnson MP


Rob Murray

Company Director, Music Academy for Schools

Caroline Sharp

Research Director, NFER

Dr Laura Ritchie

Professor of Learning and Teaching, University of Chichester

Kevin Rogers

County Inspector, Hampshire County Council's Music Service

Nick Beach

Academic Director, Trinity College London

Vick Bain

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

Marie Bessant

Subject Specialist - Music and Performing Arts, OCR

Darren Northcott

National Official, Education, NASUWT

Philip Flood

Director, Sound Connections

Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman

Professor of Applied Music, University of Winchester

Nick Skinner

Head of Service, Enfield Music Service

Emma Saklatvala

Director of Music, Eaton Square School, London

Deborah Annetts

Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians