This course will explore the unique challenges of the Head of Music role, helping both experienced Heads of Music and those new or aspiring to the role to develop as inspirational leaders and effective managers. Through discussion and sharing of best practice, we will cover the key aspects of the role, including how to build your vision and inspire your department, how to model outstanding teaching and learning, and how to raise the profile of Music with your SLT, within the school as a whole and in the current educational climate. We will focus on leadership, curriculum, teaching and learning and attainment.


  • Explore the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of Music
  • Develop excellent department evaluation and create strategies for improvement
  • Create inspirational and effective curriculum models at each key stage
  • Take away strategies, specific to Music to lead and inspire outstanding teaching and learning
  • Explore ways to promote Music to your SLT and within a wider school context
COURSE DATE London | Wednesday 12 June 2019
  • Heads of Performing Arts
  • Heads of Music
  • Aspiring Heads of Music
  • Teachers with responsibility for Music
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.15am
Leadership & Vision

  • Considering the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of Music
  • Creating a vision for your department and strategy for success
  • Evaluating your department: What do you do well? Where are the gaps?
  • What is an outstanding Music department in the eyes of inspection teams?
  • Reflecting upon and developing ways of approaching the key challenges faced by Heads of Music

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
Leading Outstanding Teaching and Learning

  • Exploring ideas for modelling outstanding teaching and learning within the Music classroom
  • Integrating performing, composing, listening and appraising to promote rapid progress
  • Making music the target language of the classroom
  • Developing strategies and ideas to engage all pupils including getting boys to sing and managing whole class ensembles
  • Exploring efficient monitoring and feedback, including pupil reflection and meaningful target-setting for effective progression

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.45pm
Developing an inspirational Music Curriculum for outstanding learning

  • Assessing your current curriculum models against the need to create a successful environment which supports teaching and learning excellence
  • Progression from KS2 through to KS4; working with a variety of musical experience
  • How to stretch and support all groups of learners
  • Developing and building musical skills, and acquiring knowledge
  • Considering BTEC, GCSE and other KS4 and KS5 options; choosing the best option for your students

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Promoting the department

  • Raising the profile of Music across the school and with all interested parties
  • Managing your budget effectively and exploring ideas for raising further funds
  • Creating exciting and meaningful music extra-curricular opportunities including an extensive peripatetic programme
  • Understanding the whole school context – working with SLT. The confidence to champion and compromise
  • Working with Music Hubs and services to access a wide range of music activities and opportunities

Rachel Tustain

Rachel is an experienced examiner and Leader of Music, with seventeen years teaching and leadership experience in a range of different schools. Rachel has experience of leading outstanding Music Departments in a range of contexts as well as leadership across the Performing Arts.

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