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Headteachers views on music education article

Music Education UK magazine and website approached Anita to write two articles on headteachers’ role in promoting/developing music in their school, and the wider impact this has on the school and pupils.

This was in 2011, a time when music in schools was facing threats from the English Ebacc and the possible removal of music from the national curriculum.

The brief for the articles was to: “showcase schools in which the leadership and strong support for music in the school by the headteacher has had a strikingly positive impact on the school”.

Rather than being purely journalistic, the aim was to convey various advocacy messages:

  • to headteachers, the advantages of supporting music
  • to music education sector stakeholders, the fact that headteacher support is crucial, and
  • to parents the fact that if they care about music provision they need to lobby headteachers.

I researched and wrote two articles, one focused on Primary heads, the other on Secondary heads. For the Primaries article I spoke with heads of schools in Southwark (Ilderton), Newcastle (Hazlewood) and Cornwall (Penpol). For the Secondaries article I spoke with heads in Brighton (Patcham High), Hertford (Simon Balle) and Penzance (Humphrey Davy).

The pieces gave an overview of the wide-ranging impacts of music education on the schools, pupils, parents and the local community.

I have also written articles for Music Education UK covering the crisis facing Wales’ music education; and music educators’ views on the National Plan for Music Education.

Read the articles about headteachers and music:

Aspiration, achievement and school improvement: heads say music can make the difference

Read other articles about music education:

Apocalypse now for music education in Wales?

Worth the wait? The National Plan for Music Education in England

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