Ofsted Chief stresses importance of Music Education Hubs
Posted: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:30
Diane Rivaud, Service Manager at Leicestershire Schools Music Service, and Marius Carney, the Vice Chair of the Leicestershire Music Education Hub's Governing Board, recently attended the Arts Council and Ofsted Music Education Hubs Briefing Session at the Greater London Authority City Hall, to find out that the Leicester-shire Music Education Hub is on the same hymn sheet as national thinking around the importance of the Hubs to build relationships with schools.
Robin Hammerton, national lead on music at the inspectorate, spoke at length about Music Education Hubs, setting out his vision for them to start challenging schools in their roles as advocates of music education and development. Speaking in response to last year's Ofsted report, 'Music in Schools: what hubs must do', Mr Hammerton said that Hubs need to get into schools to start the challenging conversations, to work with schools to improve their offer which could include joint lesson observations with schools leaders.
Matthew Coffey, National Director Further Education and Skills, Ofsted, said that the report empowers hubs to work with schools and music provision for a 'high quality day to day experience in schools - and better music for all pupils', whilst Althea Efunshile, Deputy Chief Executive Arts Council England, reiterated that the role of hubs is ' to challenge schools.'