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Next steps for the Music Curriculum in England and implementation of the new National Plan

Morning, Tuesday, 27th September 2022

This conference will examine the next steps for the music curriculum in England.

Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss priorities following Ofsted’s review of music education - and with the expected publication of the new National Plan for Music Education later this year.

They will assess how some schools have adapted to the new model curriculum, its impact so far on curriculum design, and areas for improvement.

Sessions also look at implementation of the National Plan, how to boost uptake at GCSE and A-Level, the position of music within the school timetable, catch-up following the pandemic, and workforce skills and resources.

Further areas for discussion include:

  • improving standards - the role of regulation in instilling quality in the curriculum - widening the offer of extracurricular activities  
  • improving accessibility and diversity
  • developing joined-up approaches - considering the role of Music Education Hubs, and cross-sector collaboration - assessing the local offer of music education across England
  • future pathways - progression for music students - the wider impact of music education on young people

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Bridget Whyte, Chief Executive Officer, Music Mark, who is a member of the expert advisory panel designing the new National Plan; and Dr Steven Berryman, Director of Arts, Culture and Community, Odyssey Trust for Education; and Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DCMS; Creative Wales; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speaker

Bridget Whyte

Chief Executive Officer, Music Mark

Keynote Speakers

Dr Steven Berryman

Director of Arts, Culture and Community, Odyssey Trust for Education; and Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London and Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Bridget Whyte

Chief Executive Officer, Music Mark


Professor Adam Ockelford

Director of the Applied Music Research Centre, University of Roehampton; and Founder, The Amber Trust

Dr Louise Lansdown

Head of Strings, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University

Matt Sheldon

Principal, East London Arts and Music

Phil Castang

Chair, Music Education Council; and CEO, Music for Youth

James Manwaring

Director of Music, The Windsor Boys’ School

Deborah Kermode

Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Midlands Art Centre - Mac Makes Music

Simon Toyne

Executive Director of Music, David Ross Education Trust

Ian Burton

CEO, Nottingham Music Hub

Yogesh Dattani

EDI Lead, Music Mark; Head of Ealing Music Service, Ealing Council

Ben Stevens

Director of Music, Hertfordshire Music Service

Don Gillthorpe

Assistant Principal and Director of Music, Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy, Lancaster

Tom Redmond

Director of Music & Joint Principal, Chetham’s School of Music

Professor Nicholas McKay

Director, London College of Music, University of West London

Deborah Annetts

Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians

Liz Gleed

Subject Leader for Music, Bristol Cathedral Choir School