Primary Music Programme Lead, Holborn, London, with travel to schools

Closing date:

ArkHolborn, London, with travel to schools

Date posted:
Start date: As soon as available, but latest September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £42,000 - £46,000 + 11% contribution to pension
Contract term: Fixed Term

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. 

We believe that a great music education 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 

Developed over the last 6 years, Ark’s thriving primary music programme focuses on core three key areas: 

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

This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional and innovative primary specialist to lead an inclusive programme for music education. Reporting to 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. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • have a genuine passion for and belief in the potential of every young person
  • have experience of leading and developing an inclusive music provision (for example schools, music service/hub, Arts charity) 
  • 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 

We are keen to ensure 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. 

Start Date: As soon as available, but latest September 2018

Contract: 2 years fixed term (in the first instance) 

Salary: £42,000 - £46,000 + 11% contribution to pension

Location: Holborn, London, with travel to schools

Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 27th June 2018, with interviews on Monday 09 July 2018

For a full job description and to apply for the role, please visit

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.

Job location

More about Ark
Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: 65 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6TD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 3116 6345
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Ark is an international charity, transforming lives through education. 

We have a network of 35 schools across Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth. Our schools are all non-selective and in areas where they can make the biggest difference...