This article is based on the government’s policy paper, The power of music to change lives: a national plan for music education. This isn't statutory guidance, but it explains what the government wants schools to achieve.
Understand your responsibilities
Once you know what you’re expected to provide, work your way through the rest of this article to help you achieve it.
- Work with your local music hub – see how to later in this article
- Have a music development plan which captures your high-quality curricular, co-curricular, and enrichment offer, and sets out how it will be staffed and funded (the government wanted this in place by the start of the academic year 2023/24 but you can still make one if you haven't yet – read more about this later in the article)
- Make sure that music education is accessible to all pupils
The government would like every school and multi-academy trust (MATs)