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Music

Statutory content

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.

Programmes of study

The statutory programmes of study are an important element of the wider curriculum and establish the core entitlement for all pupils.

Guidance on planning, continuity across the key stages, new opportunities, inclusion and support for assessment.

Level descriptions have been reviewed across all levels in light of changes to the primary and secondary curriculum. 

Subject comparison tool

A comparison tool allowing subject teachers to compare elements of programme of study for different subjects to provide an invaluable starting point for planning a coherent curriculum.

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Curriculum case studies

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Developing musical skills

Discovering what pupils really wanted to learn in music...

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