SecEd Supplement: Headteacher's Guide to Music Education

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
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A free 14-page downloadable guide in which we offer a range of advice and ideas about how music can be used by headteachers as a tool in the management of a happy and progressive school.


Everyone respects music, and there is a power in that, one which is not always exploited. Music can be your barometer, to gauge the mood and health of your school; it can be the most innocent and powerful of all excuses to get people in the same room together, and what is more, to be on their best behaviour; and it can give a sense of ownership, purpose and belonging to those students who may otherwise have none.

This guide looks to offer advice, ideas and inspiration to help you maximise the opportunities that music education can bring to your school. Contents include:

  • The power of music: Deputy head Anna Wilby details the benefits that music can bring to your school
  • Leading with diversity: Practical steps you can take to ensure your musical opportunities are open to all
  • Digital landscape: Get up to speed with the tech in your music department
  • Music and the home: Nurturing the unique triangle of school, home and student
  • Looking to industry: Strengthen your school with a partner in the music business
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The guide has been produced and edited by Music Teacher, a sister magazine to Headteacher Update and SecEd, and has been made possible with support from ABRSM.

Thomas Lydon, interim editor of Music Teacher, said: "We hope that in reading this guide you might come away with a sense of the dividends that nurturing your music teachers and music students will bring. If you invest in your music department, it will pay you back a hundred times over. May you thrive in these difficult times, and have a great soundtrack along the way."


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