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Primary Music Practitioners (Teacher Coaches)

Application deadline: March 1st 2019

Primary Music Practitioners (Teacher Coaches)

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. 

Central to our approach is training non-specialist teachers to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to teach music effectively.

Main purpose of the job

Singing is very much at the heart of the Ark Music Programme and is a core part of life in our schools. We are looking to recruit experienced primary music specialists to work alongside the teachers in our Portsmouth primary schools, coaching them to be great music leaders. 

Placements will commence from October onwards on a freelance basis, with school placements consisting of both half and full days.

The ideal candidate will:
  • have a genuine passion for and belief in the potential of every young person

  • be an outstanding teacher and facilitator of music in the primary phase, with a particular emphasis on singing

  • have demonstrable experience in the training and coaching of others to significantly improve their practice.

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.

The Ark Music Programme

The central music team exists within Ark Schools to support music-making across the network. We believe that a high quality, progressive and diverse education in music is the entitlement of every child, regardless of their background. 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.


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


Start date: As soon as possible

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.

Ark Schools

London WC2B 6TD

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