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Music education hubs: briefingBicycle Ballet, Brighton, 2006Photo: Matthew Andrews
Agenda• Arts Council England o Who we are o Achieving great art for everyone• National Plan for Music Education• Music Education Hubs o Role o Aims and outcomes and monitoring o Application process• Questions and answers
Arts Council EnglandWho we are• Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich peoples lives• A national organisation with 9 regional offices• Funding from Treasury and Lottery via DCMS• Fundholder role = new financial relationship with DfE, building on previous partnership work
Arts Council EnglandAchieving great art for everyone - a 10-year vision with fiveambitious goals at its heart• Goal 5 the arts contribute to the development and well-being of children and young people, it is vital that children engage with the arts early in their lives• we want to work with music education hubs to ensure that children and young people have the opportunity to experience the richness of music
Importance of Music: National Plan for Music EducationThe Department for Education has set out• high quality music education enables lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of, music, and underpins excellence and professionalism• all children should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument; to make music with others; to learn to sing; and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence• all schools should provide high quality music education as part of a broad and balanced curriculum• music education hubs will take forward the work of local authority music services, helping to improve the quality and consistency of music education across England, in and out of school
Arts Council England and music education hubs• The Department for Education has asked Arts Council England to act as fund holder for music education hubs• As fundholder the Arts Council will o run an open application process to establish music education hubs across England, in every local authority area o select and monitor the hubs• The Department for Education has allocated £171m between 2012- 15 for the hubs to deliver music education• Music education hubs will deliver activity from September 2012
Arts Council England and music education hubsThe Arts Council will• ensure that hubs build on the wealth of knowledge and experience that many music services have and the excellent work they deliver• strengthen our existing partnerships, including with local authorities, and encourage new ones across the music education and the cultural landscape - coordinated high quality cultural education with music at its heart• select and monitor music education hubs using local knowledge, art form and cultural education expertise, and broader relationships with the music and education sectors• manage an open application process and effective monitoring of the music education hubs - to result in high quality music education for children and young people across the country
The role of music education hubsMusic education hubs will• provide opportunities for children to learn instruments, play and sing with others and for musical talent to be developed• support first access to music education, providing a range of opportunities, ensuring clear progression routes, and enabling talent and excellence to develop• ensure that every child can experience enjoyment and success from the earliest stages of musical learning• drive an improvement in consistency and quality of music education for all children - opportunities regardless of background or location• all music education hubs will be different – to reflect local circumstances and needs
The role of music education hubsMusic education hubs will• act as a gateway for local areas to create music education provision that works in a local context, both in and out of school• help drive the quality of service locally, with scope for improved partnership working, better value for money, local innovation and greater accountability• build on existing best practice to form strong local partnerships with local authorities, schools, music organisations, practitioners and communities• provide excellent teaching and clear learning outcomes
Music education hubs: aims and outcomesAims• every child experiences enjoyment and success from the earliest stages• drive up the quality and consistency of music education• improved partnership working and local innovation• local needs are met• effective partnership working - better value for money, local innovation and greater accountability• extension roles draw in and align local activity and income streams
Music education hubs: aims and outcomesOutcomes• effective first access to provision and progression routes exist• musical talent and excellence are developed/thriving• Improved quality and consistency of music education in England• local music education is coherently coordinated• local, regional and national resources for music education are aligned• value for money and back-office cost savings• the horizons of both children and the music workforce are widened.• other sources of funding are levered in• wider community needs are met
Music education hubs: core and extension rolesCore roles1. Ensure that every child aged five to 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year (but for a minimum of a term) of weekly tuition on the same instrument.2. Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.3. Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.4. Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil is singing regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.
Music education hubs: core and extension rolesExtension roles will include some or all of the following:1. Offer Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum2. Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes3. Provide access to large scale and/or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and/or venues. This may include undertaking work to publicise the opportunities available to schools, parents/carers and students
Music education hubs: partnership working• partnership approaches to start with the needs of all children in the area• partnerships for sustainable provision, with breadth and capacity to deliver a high quality service - meeting local and national priorities• music education hubs to demonstrate how they draw together local, regional, and national partners – to be as effective and efficient as possible• collaboration to share access to ensemble opportunities and services possible – potentially between hubs• partnership agreements may not be in place when applications are submitted - all lead partners in music education hubs and partners must be committed to entering into a formal partnership agreement
Music education hubs: accountability and monitoring• the Government will chair a monitoring group, overseeing the National Plan for Music Education as a whole• the Arts Council will report on music education hubs to this board, against the published aims and outcomes• the monitoring and reporting process is now being developed – we will be asking some of you for your views• Ofsted has a role in monitoring provision in schools – we are working with them to define how they will support delivery of hubs
Music education hubs: application process• a new way of working - resulting in high quality music education for children and young people• hub leads can set out their plans and demonstrate how the music education hubs will be based on partnership - to be as effective and efficient as possible• The application process will assess against our published criteria o Leadership and strong governance o A track record in high quality music education o Proposed music education hub delivery o Value for money o Broader partnership working17 February closing date for applicationslate April 2012 successful applicants announced
Bridge NetworkFrom April 2012 we will fund a network of ten Bridge organisations toensure that every child and young person has the opportunity toexperience the richness of the arts.Bridge organisations will help to• Provide an important role in wider cultural education by supporting Music Education hub partnerships in placing music as a key part of the wider cultural education offer for children and young people• Facilitate networks and dialogue across arts, culture and education• Help connect with more schools in a strategic way• Help identify and access opportunities for new investment from schools, Local Authorities, Trust & Foundations• Drive Artsmark and Arts Award in their region• Undertake a scoping/audit from Jan which will include music and music service provision
Music education hubs: group discussions• What does a high quality music education look like?• What are the barriers to achieving this for all children, and how can they be overcome?
Stockton International Festival 30 July–3 August 2008 Photo: Andy TaylorThank you