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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 in light of the findings of the recently published Ofsted subject research review, including discussion on the curriculum’s implementation, the likely impact on teaching standards in schools, and assessing the funding necessary for its delivery.

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

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution on immediate priorities for music education and the findings of the Model Curriculum Expert Advisory Panel from the panel’s chair, Baroness Fleet.

The agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:

  • immediate priorities for music education and the Model Music Curriculum
  • improving standards in music education
  • priorities for the music education workforce
  • music in schools and the wider creative sector


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

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, is 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

Baroness Fleet

Chair, Model Music Curriculum Expert Panel


Lord Black

Co-chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education


Bridget Whyte

Chief Executive, Music Mark

Deborah Annetts

Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians

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