Primary Music Specialist, London, with travel to our schools

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ArkLondon, with travel to our schools

Date posted:
Start date: As soon as possible, September 2018 at the latest
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £42,000 - £46,000
Contract term: Temporary

About the role

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 know that education isn’t simply about passing exams; it’s about enabling students to learn the skills and qualities they need to be successful at school and beyond. To support this, our schools ensure that alongside setting high expectations for academic progress, we also focus on creating well rounded individuals who understand their own passions and interests and can thrive in any environment. 

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 lifelong relationship with 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 primary programme currently supports over 10,000 children across the country every week. We believe that when developed strategically, an embedded music curriculum provides the environment for every child to develop a broad range of skills in a creative, enjoyable way. Our activity focuses on core three key areas: 

  • an integrated approach to curriculum development and teacher training, 
  • instrumental and vocal learning for every child
  • enrichment and events

Thanks to a recent grant, we have now secured funding to continue our work in the primary phase for the next number of years. This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional and innovative primary specialist to lead an inclusive programme for music education. You will be joining a team of teachers and music educators committed to supporting our network in achieving excellent outcomes for their 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 an outstanding record of leading the improvement of music provision in a variety of settings
  • be an outstanding teacher and facilitator 
  • have enthusiasm and passion for music and the development of the music curriculum 
  • have demonstrable experience of significantly raising attainment through training and coaching of others 

Our programme seeks to represent and equally value different kinds of music and musician. 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. If you have a disability and would like to discuss reasonable adjustments for this role, please indicate this on your application and we will be in touch with you. 

Start date: as soon as possible, latest September 2018

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 21 May 2018

Contract: 2-year fixed term

Salary: £42,000 - £46,000

Location: Holborn, London, with frequent travel to our schools

Reports to: Director of Music

Responsible for: Primary Music Programme Associates

For a full job description and to apply for the role, visit Please submit your application by 12 noon on Monday 21 May 2018. Interviews will be held on Thursday 24 May 2018.

If you would like to discuss the role, or have any queries, please contact the recruitment team 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...