Primary Music Specialist, Holborn, London

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ArkHolborn, London

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Start date: ASAP
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

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: 

  • 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 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 scaling an inclusive music provision across a number of settings (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. 

Salary: competitive

Hours: full time

Start date: As soon as available

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 14th November, 12 noon. 

The interview process will be two-fold: 

A first round, school-based interview: Monday 19th November

A second round to include a short presentation: Thursday 22nd November

Visit our recruitment portal here to apply with your CV and cover letter. I fyou have any question about the role, please contact Margaret O’Shea at

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...