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Music Curriculum Lead Teacher
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/817/18972
  • Published: Wed 24/11/2021, 11:49 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 08/12/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 19.5 hours per week
  • Salary: £22,904 - £25,668 per annum (FTE £38,174 - £42,780) + TLR2 (pro rata to FTE)
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Guildford

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Music Curriculum Lead Teacher

The salary range for this role is £22,904 - £25,668 per annum (£38,174 - £42,780 full time equivalent) plus TLR2 payment (pro rata to FTE). The starting salary is dependent on experience and subject to Teacher pay and conditions (outer fringe).

We are looking for a Curriculum Lead who can cover secondary, post-16, and SEND schools to support the delivery of the music curriculum.

The Organisation

Surrey Arts is part of Surrey County Council and our values support our vision, shape our culture, and are crucial in delivering our corporate strategy.

Surrey Arts is the lead partner for Surrey Music Education Hub. Surrey Music Hub’s aim is to work in partnership to ensure that children and young people from all backgrounds receive music education that is high quality, wide ranging, sustainable and accessible to all, and that there are clear musical pathways along which children and young people can progress.

Surrey Arts is an ambitious and forward-thinking organisation that places young people at the centre of our work. We are committed to developing Surrey Arts as a genuinely inclusive organisation, and one that meets the needs of the whole diverse community of Surrey. Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy is central to our organisational development.

Surrey Arts teaches in excess of 5000 young people every week through instrumental and vocal tuition, music groups and regular activities. We also work cross-arts and deliver vibrant performing and visual arts programmes.

There are over 400 schools in Surrey and Surrey Arts works in, or with, many of them. Excellent school relationships are central to our work.

Strategic partnerships are an important part of what we do, and we maintain strong relationships with other music hub delivery partners. Surrey Arts is the lead partner for Surrey’s cultural education partnership, Culture Box Surrey, and we have close links with Surrey’s Arts Council England national portfolio organisations (NPOs).

The Role

As a Curriculum Lead Teacher, you will be part of a new Curriculum Team within the music side of Surrey Arts along with the Inclusion Manager, Vocal Strategy Manager and Digital Music Lead, with whom you will work closely.

A significant part of your work will be to develop the Schools’ Music Education Plan for the hub and undertake supportive conversations with music leads and senior leaders in schools. The overall Curriculum Team aspires to reach all (or nearly all) of the 400+ schools in Surrey and have a positive impact on the education of every child in the county. Where required, you will work with teachers in schools to strengthen their curriculums and schemes of work, which may involve some demonstration and team teaching.

You will identify common needs in schools that you can meet by delivering or facilitating training, help to create links between schools, and run teacher networks to improve communication and reduce professional isolation.

Qualified Teacher Status is required, along with substantial experience of good practice in at least one key stage of your area of focus and an awareness of curriculum requirements at all key stages.

About You

First and foremost, you will be innovative and passionate about achieving outstanding musical outcomes for young people. You must be demonstrably successful as a music educator and leader, with extensive experience of working in school settings. You will also show a commitment to learning across Surrey Arts, not just for our students but for yourself.

You will:

  • Be an experienced and successful classroom music teacher with experience of developing and delivering a curriculum and schemes of work to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music
  • Have sound knowledge of the requirements of the Music National Curriculum for KS3 & KS4 with knowledge of tertiary qualification requirements, and/or extensive knowledge of music education in the SEND school context
  • Understanding of the current agendas in music education
  • Understanding of the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion and how they may apply in a school music context
  • Awareness of relevant music making and training networks and opportunities
  • Be able to speak credibly and authoritatively to teachers and school senior leaders in their own language
  • Be a critical thinker, able to observe, analyse and diagnose and, crucially, to feedback to colleagues constructively
  • Be a reflective practitioner with a passion for continued learning and development: both your own and others’
  • Be an organised and effective communicator able to work both autonomously and as part of a team
  • Be able to travel to schools throughout Surrey.

We would love to hear from you if you have the same passion for Arts as us at Surrey and if you would like to help inspire Surrey’s musicians of the future. 

When applying please ensure you provide full employment history (explaining any gaps) and full details of relevant qualifications.  Please focus your personal statement on how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the 'specific qualifications and/or experience' part of the Job Description.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on Wednesday 8th December.

Interviews will take place on 15th and 16th December. 

An Enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact John Stephens, Curriculum Senior Lead for Surrey Arts, by email at

We look forward to receiving your application. Please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. For information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.