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Music Progression and Participation Leader

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 10/10/2019 12:00
Salary: £35,934 - £38,813 per annum
Hours per week:
37 hours per week
Job Category:
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
South Glos Music Hub, Little Stoke Primary School, Little Stoke
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
10 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Music Progression and Participation Leader

Summary of Post

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with passion, drive and commitment to young peoples’ music making to make a significant contribution to the development of the South Gloucestershire Music Hub as it continues to deliver the National Plan for Music Education until 2020.

The person appointed to this senior post, reporting to the Music and Arts Strategy Manager, will play a significant role in maintaining the high standards achieved in teaching and learning in music but will also develop new programmes.

You will line manage the Vocal Development Leader, three Heads of Music Centre and supervise the 58 Associate Music Teachers who work in the majority of South Gloucestershire schools.

You will have a proven track record of music education expertise from either working in the classroom or in a music service.

You will need excellent management and leadership skills with an ability to inspire and lead your team whilst being able to communicate at all levels.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

Supervise, lead, organise and monitor the team of Associate Music Teachers in order to promote high professional standards and delivery.

Ensure the full implementation of agreed programmes of support or commissioned work, in particular to lead on the whole class instrumental programme (Music Explorers), the Focus day programme (live music in schools) and the special schools Open Orchestras Programme.

Undertake direct delivery of elements of support, commissioned work or professional development in negotiation with the Music and Arts Strategy Manager, for example school inset, music reviews or inset for Music Associates.

Work flexibly and in partnership with mainstream school staff to build capacity with regard to teaching music in schools in order to raise pupils’ achievement and attainment.

Coordinate the activities of smaller ensembles and the Music Centres which meet on three evenings a week and on a Saturday morning.

Lead on aspects of the Hub’s strategic response to the School Music Education Plan including contributing to Arts Council England discussions

Line manage the Vocal Development Leader and the Heads of Music Centres.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


A degree in music, (or equivalent) and qualified teacher status in the UK.

Previous experience of a leadership role in a Music Service/Hub or in a school.

An excellent understanding of music and the wider curriculum within schools with a demonstrable record of excellent classroom practice.

The ability and confidence to build positive relationships, communicate with and influence a wide range of stakeholders and supporters, including school management teams, teachers, parents and delivery partners.

Experience of being responsible for a team with well-developed supportive skills and the ability to support and develop less experienced colleagues.

An understanding of the specific challenges which Music Hubs face and an ability to respond to those challenges.

Ability to oversee existing and new music projects and to facilitate other staff in bringing these projects to a successful outcome.

A good standard of numeracy, literacy, record keeping, presentation and IT skills including experience of using data management tools, analysing data and reporting outcomes either verbally or written.

Adaptable, flexible and creative in a range of working demands. The nature and demands of the post holder’s time are not always predictable and there will be an expectation that work will be required outside normal hours from time to time.

Experience of dealing with matters of personnel and change

A commitment to the highest standards of professional integrity.

Driving licence (in order to be able to access school sites transporting a number of instruments).


A wide knowledge of the mechanics of musical instruments

Experience as a musical director / ensemble conductor

Additional Information

For an informal discussion, once you have read the job summary, please contact Sue Morgan on 01454 868652 or email Sue.Morgan@southglos.gov.uk.

About the Team:

The permanent office based team consists of the Music and Arts Strategy Manager, Music Progression and Participation Leader, a Vocal Development Leader and 2 administrators. The school based workforce consists of 57 hourly paid Associate Music Teachers who work in the majority of South Gloucestershire’s schools and academies and the 3 Heads of Music Centres. The post holder will work closely with the Music and Arts Strategy Manager.

Salary: £35,934 - £38,813 per annum

Hours: 37 hours

Closing Date: Thursday 10 October 2019 at noon

Interview Date: Friday 18 October 2019

Vacancy Ref: CYT010/888

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

As a manager you will be expected to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate your staff to achieve.

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