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Primary Music Specialist
Ark Charity
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Reports to: Director of Music

Team: Ark Music sits within the central education team at Ark Schools

Location: White city, London with regular travel to schools

Salary details: £42,000- £45,000 per annum depending on experience + career average pension scheme + other benefits

Contract: Fixed term (see bottom of advert for details) 37.5 hours per week 

Closing date: 18 November 2020 at 10am

Start date: As soon as possible

Interviews: Arranged as suitable candidates are identified, early application is strongly advised 

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 with the ability to express themselves musically, as well as having developed resilience, empathy, and a rich understanding of the world around them.

Ark Music spans EYFS through to KS4 and engages just over 13,000 children per week across 26 schools. At primary level, we focus on three key areas:

  • An integrated approach to curriculum development and teacher training which supports primary school teachers to deliver rigorous and inclusive music lessons
  • Progressive instrumental and vocal learning for every child
  • Weekly enrichment, regular sharing events and network ensembles

The Ark Schools music programme is looking for an exceptional primary music specialist to join our team and lead our primary music programme. This is an exciting role for someone who wishes to combine programme management and leadership responsibilities whilst keeping a close connection to the impact of their work by working directly with schools and young musicians. You will join a diverse team of teachers and music educators deeply committed to the transformative power of music education.

Building on work developed over the last eight years, you will shape and lead our primary music programme through its next phase of development so that it provides a truly excellent music education for every pupil in an Ark school.

This is a varied role which requires a dynamic and inspiring music educator with a proven track record of excellent teaching and developing diverse teams. If you’re a strong team player, a great musician, and you hold a genuine desire to see every child receive a life-changing music education regardless of their background, this could be the role for you!

The role comprises four core areas of delivery:

  • Programme leadership
  • Curriculum development, teacher training and teaching
  • Team management
  • Supporting wider organisational objectives

About you:

  • An expert classroom practitioner with a genuine passion and belief in the potential of every child, regardless of their background
  • Experienced in leading and developing a high-quality music provision (for example in a school, music service/hub, Arts charity)
  • Enthusiastic with a passion for music and the development of a music entitlement for every child
  • Demonstrable experience of training and coaching adults and of developing strong, coherent teams

How to apply

While this vacancy is advertised as a fixed term contract, we are looking for someone who’s keen to stay for the long term, and we will be seeking to extend this contract as ongoing funding is confirmed.

Please view the full job description here. We look forward to receiving your application.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; all successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Ark Schools are committed to attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce, with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We are actively seeking applicants from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.