MUSE support for secondary music

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Dec 2017 MUSE update:


Secondment opportunity

Are you interested in supporting secondary schools to sustain and develop their music provision? Starting January 2018, up to fifteen days between January and July 2018, times negotiable.

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Next Surrey Secondary Music Network meeting:

Will be a moderation meeting, taking place in late March or April, date TBC soon!


Surrey schools music conference 2018:

5th July 2018 – SAVE THE DATE!


Surrey Secondary Music Network meeting 5th Oct 2017

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Surrey schools music conference June 29th 2017

We will have lots of interest to secondary music teachers! For more info see


Surrey Secondary Music Network meeting 23rd May 2017

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Accreditation Survey 

Concern has been expressed in Surrey and nationally about the impact of the EBacc and other pressures on arts and music provision. In response to these concerns, and to feedback from schools gained through the MUSE self-evaluation programme we want to collect information about which accredited music courses schools are currently offering in 2016-17, and will be offering next year in 2017-18. . Such courses include GCSE, A2 and AS, and BTech. We would also like to hear about Arts Award, and any other accredited routes your school offers.

We anticipate the survey will take approximately 5 minutes.


Link to survey:



Offer to schools: VIP KS3 software pilot project

Charanga VIP software for KS3 music

We are offering a FREE 12 month license for VIP to three Surrey secondary school music departments.

In return we expect you to report back on your experience of piloting VIP with your KS3 pupils, in and beyond the classroom.


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Secondary music network meeting

Next meeting Tue 23rd May 2017, G Live, Guildford

Email Sue Barnard

MUSE secondments 2016-17

Surrey Music Hub have benefited from the expertise of two Surrey schools’ heads of music during 2016-17, Liz Kirkland (formerly of The Beacon school), and Karen Pugh (Collingwood College). Karen and Liz have been working 0.2 fte since January 2016 (Liz until July 2016) to help deliver the self evaluation programme and to generally support the development of MUSE. These secondments have now finished. Surrey Music Hub Steering Group are most grateful to Collingwood and Beacon schools for agreeing to this arrangement, and to Liz and Karen for their very hard work on the MUSE programme.

Peer and self evaluation

We have now completed the first phase of this work, our report from Dec 2016 is available here:


Next steps for MUSE

  • Self-evaluation: Schools who have not yet participated in the self-evaluation are encouraged to do so. MUSE secondee Karen Pugh (Collingwood College) will be contacting schools during the Spring, particularly targeting departments with new or changed staffing.
  • Networks: we hope to promote further dialogue between schools through departmental visits and peer-to-peer relationships. SMH will be supporting Surrey secondary music network meetings. During this year termly meetings will be taking place at G Live in Guildford. SMH will also be continuing to develop Local Schools Music Networks LSNs) around the county. (LSNs include primary schools).
  • Take up and provision of accredited pathways: SMH will be conducting a short online survey of secondary music departments to gather Surrey-specific data about take-up and provision at KS4 and KS5. This data will be circulated to schools, fed back to the SMH Steering Board, and to national advocacy organisations such as MusicMark.
  • Expected progress based on non-musical prior data: We plan to consult with the secondary network about developing guidelines for assessing progress in music at KS3 & KS4. It is intended that these guidelines will then be circulated to school senior management teams.
  • Instrumental tuition and visiting musicians: Through Surrey Arts we are developing new ‘Schools relationship representatives’ who will further facilitate and support the engagement of specialist musicians with schools.
  • Vocal learning within curriculum lessons: SMH will be developing and extending its programme of CPD for school based practitioners
  • Online resource development: we will shortly be circulating an invitation to Surrey teachers with relevant skills to express an interest in a remunerated role developing online resources and signposting. (It is anticipated that this role can be delivered outside existing teaching commitments).

Not completed the self-evaluation yet? 

The tool is intended to provide a benchmark of what good practice in music education looks like in a Surrey context. It has been developed by SMH in conjunction with practitioners on secondment from Surrey secondary schools. As well as the extensive experience of those individuals, it draws on a range of national reports including The National Plan for Music Education (DFE, 2011), OFSTED guidance (in particular Music in schools: promoting good practice, 2012 and Music in schools: sound partnerships, 2012) and Ensuring quality: Music education hubs (ACE, 2015). The tool divides music provision into into xx categories, and within each category provides examples of good practice from emergent to outstanding. To complete the self-evaluation simply highlight relevant phrases as they apply to your department.

Download self-evaluation tool (PDF version) (MS Word)

Peer moderation

Some schools may wish to take advantage of the additional opportunity to complete the self evaluation alongside a peer moderator, who will be an experienced and current music department leader from a Surrey school.

We will be offering peer moderation support free to Surrey state schools during the current academic year on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Follow the link below for further details, and how to get involved:

Download information about peer evaluation (PDF)


Peer moderation contacts:

Further information, completed evaluations, or to find out more about peer support please contact: (and cc )