Westminster Education Forum

Music education in England - implementing the new ‘model’ curriculum, the future for music hubs and looking ahead to the next National Plan for Music Education

Morning, Monday, 7th October 2019

Central London


This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss issues surrounding the design and implementation of the new music curriculum for key stages 1, 2 and 3.

The curriculum is due to be published later this year and is currently being developed by an independent expert panel appointed by the Government.

Delegates will assess the design of the new curriculum, as well as key challenges for schools - in implementing the new curriculum, and more widely for delivering high quality music education.

Further sessions examine:

  • Issues affecting music teaching staff;
  • The future for music hubs, with the Government committing to refreshing its National Plan for Music Education;
  • How accessibility to music education can be widened; and
  • Steps that can be taken to increase the involvement of industry in music education and develop future talent.

In the context of music not being an EBacc subject - and with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education highlighting in their State of the Nation report a drop in specialist music teachers and increased pressure on existing staff - delegates will consider:

  • latest thinking on the new Ofsted Education Inspection framework and its impact on music;
  • whether the new curriculum will maintain standards and ensure the delivery of a well-rounded music education at primary and secondary level;
  • future funding to ensure that the curriculum is implemented successfully in schools;
  • how pupil uptake can be increased; and
  • ways in which teacher workload can be managed.

With government also committing to refresh the National Plan for Music Education by 2020 the seminar will also be an opportunity to feed into that process.

Delegates will evaluate the success of the Government’s music hubs, following a recent increase in success-based funding hubs.

Attendees will assess:

  • their effectiveness in coordinating the multiple elements of music education since their introduction in 2012;
  • issues affecting their financial sustainability going forward;
  • ways in which alternative models can be used to improve provision; and
  • examples of best practice in their implementation.

Keynote Speaker

Deborah Annetts

Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians

Keynote Speakers

Deborah Annetts

Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians

Hannah Fouracre

Director, Music Education, Arts Council England

Professor Martin Fautley

Director of Research in Education, School of Education and Social Work, Birmingham City University


Lord Black of Brentwood

Chairman, Royal College of Music

Lord Watson of Invergowrie

Shadow Spokesperson for Education (subject to parliamentary requirements)


Professor Colin Lawson

Director, Royal College of Music

Bridget Whyte

Chief Executive, Music Mark

Emily Crowhurst

Head, 4-18 Music, School21, London

Dr Ally Daubney

Senior Teaching Fellow, Education, University of Sussex

Susan Robertson

Service Manager, Tees Valley Music Education Hub, Stockton on Tees

Simon Toyne

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

Jimmy Rotheram

Music Coordinator, Feversham Primary Academy, West Yorkshire

Xhosa Cole

BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018