MUSE: Supporting Surrey Secondary Music Are you interested in supporting secondary schools to sustain and develop their music provision?

Secondment opportunity starting September 2018, up to fifteen days between September and March 2019, times negotiable. Overview Surrey Music Hub (SMH) is continuing its programme of support for music in Surrey schools, called MUSE. Following OFSTED’s 2013 report Music in Schools: what hubs must do, Arts Council England has asked music education hubs to actively promote and facilitate a conversation about the quality of schools’ music provision. Surrey Music Hub Steering Board feels strongly that the people most qualified to deliver this programme are currently working in Surrey schools. Secondment opportunity We are seeking to recruit on a secondment basis one or more secondary practitioners for a total of 15 days between September 2018 and March 2019. We are seeking applications from colleagues currently working in secondary schools, (including special schools with a secondary age range).


The Role

The role will involve: 

  • Identifying and engaging with secondary school music departments 
  • Helping to plan, and attending network meetings 
  • Supporting the development of Local School Networks, which will include liaising with and supporting primary schools 
  • Leading and supporting school music departments in identifying strengths and areas for development and then action-plan for the future 
  • Facilitating and supporting a robust conversation with, and between, school leaders about what quality music provision looks like, with a balance between challenge and support appropriate to each school context 
  • Identifying and signposting resources, networking opportunities, and excellent practice from across the music education sector

To help us deliver this vision we are looking for enthusiastic and energetic secondary practitioners who are able to: 

  • Build trust and credibility with colleagues and partners in different schools, including senior staff 
  • Have a sound understanding and current or recent experience of delivering the secondary music curriculum and associated enrichment programmes 
  • Ask probing questions about what quality looks like in the music education context 
  • Sensitively balance support with challenge Support school music departments across varied contexts, including for example those who have very limited resources to develop music, those that have highly developed and successful performing arts programmes, or those that have particularly challenging circumstances


Person specification

Applicants must be currently employed by a Surrey state school, and have full support from their headteacher for their application. We are seeking people who can demonstrate some or all of the following criteria: 

  • Significant experience as a music or performing arts teacher in a secondary school, with a track record of promoting quality and implementing positive change 
  • Successful experience of managing and/or developing staff teams 
  • Understanding of current national developments and trends in music education 
  • Skills in coaching, mentoring and facilitation 
  • Recent and relevant professional development 
  • Successful partnership building with organisations beyond your school, including primary schools 
  • Engagement with UK music education networks


When and where will the work take place?

It is assumed that team members will work autonomously from their school base, the times at which the work is completed will be negotiable. Half termly co-ordination meetings will be held in schools or at the Surrey Arts office in Guildford. It is expected that the role will require some visits to partnering schools, and attendance at some local music network meeting. We hope the appointee will be able to attend our Schools Music Conference on 5th July 2018 prior to commencing the role.


How to apply

Please write a short statement (maximum 400 words) outlining: 

  • Why you would like to be involved in this programme 
  • How your skills and experience meet the Person Specification above 
  • Any other particular interests or skills you have which may be of relevance to the programme 
  • For how much time you are available 

The contact details of your current headteacher, who we will ask for a reference Please also provide an up to date CV that includes your full name and contact details, and email your statement and CV to , cc by 9.00am on Monday 21st May 2018. If you would like an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact (Mob: 07969 518535)


How will the appointments be made?

Applications that best meet the criteria outlined above will be invited for interview.

Interview date: Afternoon of Thursday 24th May 2018