Music Services

School Music Development Plans

Support for your SMDP

We have a programme in place to support Headteachers, Senior Leadership Teams and School Music Leads create and implement their SMDP, delivered by Hub Partners Cumberland Music Service and Westmorland and Furness Music Service.

  • Self Evaluation Template : designed to help you assess your current music provision and to plan and develop your school music vision moving forward.

  • Online Support Sessions: join an online guided session to work on your SMDP with one of our team. Sessions are delivered by Cumberland Music Service and Westmorland and Furness Music Service.

  • Music Education Conference - 1 February 2024:  face-to-face sessions to work on your SMDP with help and advice

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Why do schools need a Music Development plan?

The refreshed National Plan for Music Education (NPME2), published in June 2022, strongly recommends that all schools have a Music Development Plan in place, to show their ongoing commitment to the development of music in their school.  

Music is a statutory subject in the national curriculum for all children in primary school and for the first years of secondary (from key stage 1 to 3). This applies to mainstream and special schools. SMDPs should consider how your school will staff and fund this provision, including how staff development will be supported, how the school will work with its Music Hub to support and build on this provision, and how the school will monitor success. 

Submit this form to receive a link to download your Primary or Secondary SMDP document.

School Music Development Plan Self Evaluation Template

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