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Primary Music Practitioners (Teacher Coaches)

£220 per day

Application deadline: March 31st 2019

High quality music education is unparalleled in its ability to stimulate personal, emotional and intellectual development, and motivate social change.  Given the right conditions, we believe that every child can be a musician, and enjoy improved life chances as a result. 

Our mission is to ensure that every pupil in an Ark school is set-up to enjoy a life enriched by music and the many holistic benefits that brings. We want our young people to leave school knowing that they are creative musicians who belong to a vibrant artistic community.

Developed over the last 6 years, our thriving primary music programme engages just over 10,000 children per week across 19 schools. We focus on three key areas:

1.       an integrated approach to curriculum development and teacher training which supports primary school teachers to deliver great music lessons

2.       progressive instrumental and vocal learning for every child

3.       weekly enrichment ensembles, regular sharing events and network ensembles


Main purpose of the job

This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional and innovative primary specialist to lead an inclusive programme for music education. Alongside the Director of Music, you will shape the programme so as it continues to be a hub for innovation and best practice in primary music over the next number of years. You will be joining a network of teachers and music educators equally committed to achieving excellent outcomes for pupils both within and beyond the classroom. You will be an expert classroom practitioner who leads by example and manages a team of primary music associates and Artists in Residence.


The ideal candidate will:

·         be an expert classroom practitioner and have a genuine passion and belief in the potential of every child, regardless of their background

·         have experience of leading and developing an inclusive music provision (for example in schools, music service/hub, Arts charity/through WCET)

·         be an outstanding educator and/or facilitator

·         have enthusiasm and passion for music and the development of a music entitlement for every child

·         have demonstrable experience of significantly raising attainment through training and coaching of others and through developing strong, coherent teams.


About Ark Schools

Ark Schools is an education charity and one of the country’s top performing academy operators. Our academies are situated in areas of high disadvantage, with over 30% of Ark pupils eligible for free school meals, compared with 16% nationally. We currently work with 38 primary and secondary schools across London, Hastings, Portsmouth and Birmingham. Our vision is to create a group of outstanding schools that radically improve our pupils’ life chances.


Our programme seeks to represent and equally value different kinds of music and musician.


Closing date for applications: We will accept applications on a rolling basis.

Fee: We have a sliding payscale depending on the number of hours worked, equating to roughly £220 for a full day and £140 for a half-day.


We are keen to ensure the rich diversity of our art form is represented in our team and in turn, that our team is reflective of the communities we serve. We actively encourage candidates from a variety of backgrounds, particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) applicants.


Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, and must have the right to work in the UK.




Key responsibilities

·         Deliver a programme of professional development for our teachers (both in school and through CPD events), resulting in high quality learning experiences for pupils

·         Support on the development of an inclusive model for learning from EYFS – Year 6 which ensures that children leave primary school as fully rounded musicians

·         Stay abreast of modern teaching practices

·         Attend relevant Ark training days



What else is required of you?

·         Willingness to travel within the UK, using public transport whenever practicable

·         Willingness to undertake training and open to receiving feedback

·         A hunger to do things better and a continuous desire to know more about curriculum, pedagogy, practice and music

·         To identify as a musician – you must love music-making for yourself as much as for our pupils

·         Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils



Person Specification

Personal qualities

·         Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every young person

·         Desire to recognise and equally value all types of music and musician

·         Personal vision is aligned with Ark’s high aspirations and expectations of self and others

·         Motivation to continually improve standards and achieve excellence above norms.

·         Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils

·         Proven desire to work musically within an educational setting

·         Ability and willingness to understand and respond to sometimes complex behavioural needs

·         Open and responsive attitude towards engaging and collaborating with a variety of leaders, teachers, students and musical genres

·         Ability to work flexibly to support pupils’ needs



·         Outstanding teacher/educator, with experience of teaching primary level music in a whole-class setting

·         Experience of working with adults and coaching others

·         Knowledge of Kodaly & Solfa

·         Evidence of raising attainment and participation of all pupils within a challenging environment

·         Ability to reflect on own practice and the practice of others in pursuit of improved pupil outcomes

·         Experience of drawing on a broad range of musical genres to create a rich and varied pupil experience

·         Up to date knowledge of developments and good practice in music education


To apply, please email to receive an application pack.

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London WC2B 6TD

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