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National Plan for Music Education: In practice

In June 2022, the Department for Education published its policy paper ‘The power of music to change lives: a national plan for music education. The plan sets out our vision for music education and how this can be achieved through partnerships with schools, music hubs, the music and creative sector, and others.

Since the publication of the first National Plan for Music Education (NPME) in 2011, much has changed, with curriculum and qualification reform, the growth of multi-academy trusts, and the publication of the Model Music Curriculum. The plan, which is non-statutory guidance, builds on the 2011 vision, responding to the change of the past eleven years, and recognising that more needs to be done to support teachers, leaders, schools, trusts and Music Hubs to deliver the best for children and young people. 

The plan sets out how to build on the Model Music Curriculum and achieve our vision. The plan states that:

  • music should be represented in every school’s leadership structure, with a designated music lead or head of department at school and/or academy trust level, for primary and secondary phases
  • in partnership with their Music Hub, we would like every school (including multi- academy trusts) to have a Music Development Plan that captures the curricular and co-curricular offer and sets out how it will be staffed and funded
  • we will pilot a Music Progression Fund to support disadvantaged pupils with significant musical potential, enthusiasm and commitment. It will be delivered through schools and Music Hubs from Autumn 2023, with match-funded government investment over four year
  • in addition to the existing relationships they have with all local schools, all Music Hubs will identify and partner with a small number of Lead Schools (including academies) with high-quality music provision to work with the Music Hub on design and delivery of continuing professional development (CPD) and peer-to-peer support for schools on music in their area by Spring 2024
  • we will establish national Music Hub centres of excellence for inclusion, CPD, music technology and pathways to industry. The centres will be appointed by Autumn 2024 and based in four Music Hubs, with additional funding to provide specialist support to all Music Hubs across England
  • all Music Hubs should develop and publish an inclusion strategy, and all Music Hub lead organisations should have an inclusion lead by 2024


At this webinar you will hear from Stefano Pozzi on how the Plan is working in practice. You will also hear from our panel of experts on how they have used the plan, with an opportunity for you to put further questions to the panel in a Q&A session.

The session will be hosted by the President of the Chartered College of Teaching, Dr Steven Berryman. 

Dr Steven Berryman FCCT, CTeach (Leadership) – Steven is the President of the Chartered College of Teaching and Director of Creativity, Music and Culture for The Charter Schools Educational Trust. He has worked in education for nearly 20 years, and contributes widely through research, teaching, advisory and non executive director roles. One of the first Chartered Teachers, Steven continues to support the programme as an assessor. Steven has considerable expertise in arts education, and is the Vice-President of the National Society for Educators of Art and Design, and an advisory panel member for the Cultural Learning Alliance. Most recently he was a member of the expert panel for the refreshed DFE/DCMS National Plan for Music Education.

Stefano Pozzi is Assistant Director at the Department for Education, responsible for music, arts and humanities education in schools. He led the team that developed the National Plan for Music Education published last year. He has been an official at the Department since 1998, and has previously had responsibility for policy on: school inspection, the Pupil Premium, the National Curriculum review and Every Child Matters under the former Labour government. Before the civil service, he was an education researcher at the Institute of Education in London and taught in schools, further education and higher education.

Rachael Coulthard is CEO of The Wings’ CE Trust which is a multi-academy trust located in the Northwest. After completing an art degree, Rachael trained to be a teacher and has now worked in education for twenty-eight years. The commitment to the arts is evident in the schools in her trust where their ‘Top 10 Opportunities for All’ pledge ensures that every child leaves her schools having worked with an artist in residence, learned to play an instrument, watched a live musical performance and having performed themselves in front of an audience

Dr Mineza Maher (MSc, PhD) is headteacher at a school in Berkshire. She graduated from Kings College, London and has taught numerous age groups for over 25 years before settling in primary education. Mineza has a significant amount of senior leadership experience within primary schools in and around London. She has particular expertise in leading schools causing concern and working effectively with new leaders to support leadership and management. Mineza also has particular expertise in primary assessment and curriculum design; supporting schools in the local authority. She is also an Ofsted Inspector.

Ms. Muquddsia Munir holds a BA in Primary Education and is currently serving as the Deputy Headteacher and Curriculum Lead at Iqra Primary School in Slough. With almost 14 years of experience in education, she has played a vital role in curriculum development, coaching, and mentoring teachers. Muquddsia has also provided support to local authority schools. Her proficiency in integrating technology into the primary curriculum, particularly in music education, has been commendable, adhering to the National Plan for Music Education

Simon Toyne is Executive Director of Music of the David Ross Education Trust, where he is responsible for the development of a music programme for over 14,500 children across 34 state primary and secondary schools in the East Midlands. His work at DRET has included the award-winning Singing Schools programme for primary schools, developing a trust-wide primary and secondary music curriculum, fostering a network of partner organisations including Gabrieli Roar, Nevill Holt Opera, Sing Up, the Royal Opera House and the Voices Foundation, creating a team of professional musicians in residence, and devising The DRET Music Way, a guide for music teachers and senior leaders to develop meaningful music provision in schools.

Simon is a member of the monitoring board for the National Plan for Music Education, having previously served on the Department for Education’s Expert Panels for developing the National Plan for Music Education and the Model Music Curriculum. His chapter on curriculum music in the recent book What Should Schools Teach? was published in January 2021 and is available as an open access pdf from UCL Press. From 2019 to 2021, he was President of the Music Teachers Association.

Simon is a Director of the Rodolfus Foundation Choral Courses, leading the courses in Liverpool and York this summer, and is Music Director of the Northampton Bach Choir. For 24 years, he was Director of Tiffin Boys’ Choir, preparing them for projects with the major conductors in the world, including Pappano, Rattle, Gergiev, Maazel, Elder, Masur and Salonen, leading the choir on over twenty foreign tours, including to Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Russia, and conducting the choir in concert with the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Sinfonia Britannica and Philharmonia Orchestra.  As Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Kingston, a post he held consecutively with that of Assistant Head & Director of Music at Tiffin School, the choir broadcast on BBC1, Radio 4 and World Service Radio, and over 20 choristers gained choral scholarships to Oxford and Cambridge.

Alongside his work at DRET, he is the Music Project Director for the Hamish Ogston Foundation.