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Ukulele, Samba and Djembe Teachers

Ukulele, Samba and Djembe Teachers needed in Portsmouth


Application deadline: March 31st 2019

Ukulele, Samba & Djembe teachers

We are looking to recruit talented and inspiring ukulele, samba & djembe classroom teachers to join our pool of freelancers. We are looking for teachers to start placements working in our Portsmouth primary schools from October onwards on a freelance basis, with most school placements consisting of four half-hour lessons on a weekday afternoon.

About Ark

Ark 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 36 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 central music team exists within Ark 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.

Main purpose of the job

Ark’s thriving music programme currently supports over 10,000 children across the country every week. In addition to vocal work and enrichment activities, pupils from Years 3-6 enjoy four years of whole-class instrumental teaching: samba/djembe for Years 3 & 4 and ukulele for Years 5 & 6. We have opportunities for inspiring teachers to work in each of these disciplines (Samba, Djembe and Ukulele), delivering high-quality lessons across the academic year.

The ideal candidate will:

  • have a genuine passion for and belief in the potential of every young person
  • be an excellent teacher and music educator
  • Be an active musician

Successful applicants will join our portfolio of musician educators who work across our schools. These ‘Artists in Residence’ are freelancers who deliver aspects of the Ark Music Programme, often working on year-long placements, with some occasional additional work available on our network-wide events. By joining our Artist team, you will have access to high-quality training throughout the year and opportunities to network with our diverse roster of musicians.

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

Start date: ASAP

Closing date for applications: We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis

Fee: Our Artist pay scale starts at £50 for an hour’s teaching and £75 for two hours’ teaching

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 excellent music lessons which develop pupils’ musicianship in a progressive and purposeful way, with an inclusive practice that allows all musicians to learn
  • Develop short and long-term objectives for teaching across the year, drawing on national curriculum guidelines
  • Establish routines and systems which create a positive learning environment
  • Stay abreast of modern teaching practices
  • Attend relevant Ark training days


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


  • Professional experience as a musician
  • Excellent teacher/educator with experience teaching whole-class music lessons to children aged 7-11
  • Excellent behaviour management strategies, and techniques to establish good musical practice and routines
  • Experience of setting class objectives and tracking progress to meet these objectives
  • A sound understanding of safeguarding procedures, or a willingness to undergo training in this area
  • Up to date knowledge of developments and good practice in music education

To apply, please email to receive an application pack.

Ark Schools

Portsmouth PO1/ PO5

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