This is part of a series of 2 webinars.

This webinar is part of a series of 2 webinars but can also act as a standalone session.
NB – Part 2 can be found under course code 8452

This course is charged at £229.00 +VAT for the two sessions, or £115.00 +VAT for one session

It is designed for all Heads of Music Department and also those aspiring to become Heads of Music.  This webinar focuses on the key issues of successfully leading a music department, looking at the qualities of outstanding music department and the unique key challenge areas they face, the qualities of outstanding music leadership and move through into leading, teaching and learning for high expectations and achievement.

The webinar will also focus on the crucial importance of the curriculum, the importance of aiming high and pushing to achieve outstanding teaching and learning


  • Gain perspectives on what it means (and takes) to be an outstanding musical leader in a school
  • Have the opportunity to reflect on your values, aims and ambitions as a musical leader
  • Learn ways of achieving excellence within your department, including developing a culture of success and high expectation
  • Gain ideas for growing the department throughout your school and beyond
  • The chance to discuss your ideas, ask questions and ‘think aloud’ in a supportive environment
DATES & LOCATION OnlineMonday 15 March 2021
  • Heads of department about to transform a department
  • Aspiring Heads of Department
  • Heads of Performing Arts
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • Specially prepared notes, practical advice and guidance by the course leader
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


4.00 – 4.10pm: Welcome and introductions

4.10 – 4.30pm: Attributes of outstanding music departments and their leaders

  • In this session we shall consider what outstanding music departments look like: they are not all the same, but we shall draw out what are the core features.  We shall look at what makes an outstanding music leader in a school and how you can be one – whoever you are, if you are willing to project the right values and encourage them in others (including your students).
  • What are the key qualities of an outstanding Head of Music?
  • Reviewing your strategies, what do you do well? Where are the gaps?

4.30pm – 5.00pm: Achieving excellence in a music department

This session will build on the attributes of outstanding music departments and their leaders identified in the first session considering a range of key topics including:

  • Managing physical resources
  • Curriculum development to ensure progression
  • The importance of examination success
  • Encouraging informal  practical music-making safely
  • Managing colleagues (other classroom teachers and instrumental teachers: establishing effective communication; getting the most out of people; having difficult conversations

5.00 – 5.05: Short Break

5.05-5.50pm: Leading teaching, learning and curriculum evaluation in music (Part 1)

  • The importance of strong examination success and  effective strategies to make this happen
  • Assessing the standard of your music teaching, your results, the recruitment of music students into GCSE and A Level
  • Strategies for  establishing, maintaining and promoting high quality teaching, learning and assessment
  • Using data, monitoring, tracking, feedback is effective, not unsustainably time-consuming, but works.

5.50pm – 6.00pm: Q&A

Dr Chris Maxim

Dr Chris Maxim began his career lecturing in higher education before moving into the secondary sector.  As an NQT (and Head of Music), he transformed the Music Department of a large inner-London secondary school, going on to create a thriving Performing Arts faculty and teaching KS3, GCSE and A-level.  Following many years in senior leadership, including as Headteacher, he spent two years transforming another inner-London Music Department.  He now works as a freelance musician (he is a published composer, conductor and organist) and education consultant, specialising in school leadership and music.  To find out more about him, please visit his website: www.christophermaxim.co.uk