The National Curriculum for England
A new National Curriculum for Music comes into effect in England from September 2014:
1. An assessment and progression framework for music
Working with teaching unions, curriculum experts and school leaders, we have prepared a document which can sit alongside those produced by other subject associations which will help you understand assessment and progression in the new National Curriculum.
Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM: ‘As a subject association, it is crucial that we support music teachers as they get to grips with the new National Curriculum and continue to ensure that opportunities for a rich, broad and balanced education are maintained. We will be working with school leaders, unions and other associations to ensure that this reaches every music teacher in England and secure the future of music.’
To run alongside the publishing of this framework, we are also holding two one-day seminars led by Dr Alison Daubney that focus on Progression, Curriculum and Assessment. The seminar on 16 May will focus on primary school teaching, while 5 June will focus on secondary schools. Further details can be found here for the seminar on 16 May, and here for 5 June.
2. How to prepare for the new National Curriculum for Music
We have also published a number of guides to help you prepare for the new National Curriculum.
- How to prepare for the new National Curriculum for Music - Primary
- How to prepare for the new National Curriculum for Music - Secondary
- A guide to transition between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3
3. And don't forget, Ofsted expect music to be part of the school curriculum
Ofsted expect music to be regularly taught in Key Stage 3 and have stated this explicitly in their triennial review of music education. Here are some key extracts from their report Music in schools: wider still and wider:
'Common reasons for inadequate [our emphasis] judgements of music teaching included insufficient time allocated by schools for music in Key Stage 3.'
'In too many instances [at Key Stage 3], decisions taken by a school to reduce time for music adversely affected the breadth and depth of curriculum coverage.'
'In secondary schools, music provision was weakened by whole-school decisions to reduce time for the Key Stage 3 programme so that it was not possible to cover sufficient breadth or depth of music across the key stage.'
- The Department for Education began a Review of the National Curriculum on 19 December 2011 following the publication of a review by an Expert Panel.
- This review formed part of a long process which saw the final consultation being launched on 8 July 2013.
- We responded to the final draft on 11 September 2013 and published a consultation comparison guide.
- The framework wallchart
ISM's assessment and progression framework wallchart
- The assessment and progression framework
A curriculum and progression framework for music
- The National Curriculum for Music (Primary)
The new National Curriculum for Music for Key Stages 1 and 2
- The National Curriculum for Music (Secondary)
The new National Curriculum for Music for Key Stage 3
- How to prepare (Primary)
How to prepare for the new National Curriculum for Music - Primary
- How to prepare (Secondary)
How to prepare for the new National Curriculum for Music - Secondary
- Transition guide from the University of Sussex
A Key Stage 2 to 3 transition guide from the University of Sussex