Westminster Education Forum

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Next steps for music education in England and implementing the new curriculum

Morning, Wednesday, 10th November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will look at priorities for music education following the publication of the Government’s Model Music Curriculum and the Ofsted subject research review.

It will be a timely opportunity to discuss the curriculum’s implementation, the likely impact on teaching standards in schools, and funding priorities for its delivery.

With the conference taking place in the wake of COVID-19 and the UK leaving the EU, delegates will also consider the wider impact of music education on the creative sector and the opportunities presented for creating a talent pipeline for the music industry, as well as the sector’s recovery from the pandemic.

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution on improving standards in music education from Mark Phillips, National Lead for Music, Ofsted.


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from Cabinet Office; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; the Department for Education; the Department for International Trade; and the Intellectual Property Office. Also due to attend are representatives from the 'On The Edge' Fusion Youth Orchestra; Barking & Dagenham Community Music Service; Berkshire Maestros; Birmingham City University; British Kodály Academy; Centre for Research in Early Childhood, Birmingham; Chancellor's School; Collins Music; Guildhall School of Music & Drama; Guildhall Young Artists, Centre for Young Musicians, London; Hampshire Music Service; Hayes Park School; Hertfordshire Music Service; Leeds Trinity University; Leicestershire Schools Music Service; Lichfield Cathedral School; Liverpool City Region Music Board; MPA Group of Companies; National Children's Orchestras; National Youth Choirs of Great Britain; Norfolk Music Service; OCR; Opera North; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; Royal Opera House; Teesside University; The Matthew Nicholls Foundation; Tower Hamlets Council; University of Oxford; University of Southampton; and University of Warwick.

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from the Mark Allen Group.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from Ofsted, and other agencies, schools, teaching professionals, representatives of trade unions and local government, the music industry, groups representing parents and students, charities, subject associations, publishers, educational suppliers, academics, commentators, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Mark Phillips

National Lead for Music, Ofsted

Bridget Whyte

Chief Executive, Music Mark


Lord Watson

Shadow Education Minister

David Morris MP

Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music


Agnes Hamilton

Director, Pelican Music

Carolyn Baxendale

Head of Service, Bolton Music Service

Deborah Annetts

Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians

Simon Procter

Director, Music Services (Education, Research and Public Affairs), Nordoff Robbins

Simon Toyne

President, Music Teachers’ Association and Executive Director, Music, David Ross Education Trust

Philip Flood

Director, Sound Connections

Jayne Price

Acting Head of Department, Initial Teacher Education, School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield

Chris Walters

National Organiser, Education and Health & Wellbeing, Musicians’ Union

Tom Redmond

Joint Principal, Chethams School of Music, Manchester

Professor Colin Lawson

Director, Royal College of Music

Hannah Fouracre

Director, Music Education, Arts Council England