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School Music Education Plan

Ofsted have tasked Music Hubs to create a School Music Education Plan (SMEP) to enable them to articulate clearly to schools what is available to support them and to promote closer working between schools and the hub.

Ofsted states that Music Hubs should:

  • expect and secure that all schools engage with hubs and the National Plan for Music Education
  • have regular and supportive, challenging conversations with each of their schools about the quality of music education for all pupils in the school
  • support all schools in improving the music education they provide, especially in class lessons, and support them in evaluating it robustly
  • offer expert training and consultancy to schools, which supports school leaders and staff in understanding what musical learning, and good progress by pupils in music, are like.


Useful Documents for Schools

Safeguarding Documents


Accessible Events

Norfolk Music Hub is committed to making our music education services accessible and welcoming to all.

We are creating specific Access Guides for our events to be used by all schools and young people. Where possible we we will create Event Guides for specific information relating to disability access at certain events. Please contact us to find out more or if you have a specific request.

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Charanga Musical School

Charanga Musical School is the most significant new Primary music resource for a decade which is being used by over 100 Primary schools across Norfolk. It’s a living cloud-based resource that brings together great music, modern pedagogy and the latest educational technology. It supports all aspects of music in school including the new music curriculum, as well as providing children and their families with opportunities to continue learning and exploring music at home through Music World.

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Take a look at the Charanga Musical School pricing here >> or sign up for a no-obligation, 30-day free trial for your school by clicking here >>.

Charanga VIP Studio

VIP Studio Sessions supports young people to create, produce and release music. It includes a powerful online music studio with recording, effects, virtual instruments and over 700 free loops and sounds. Young people can use it 24/7 anywhere they can get online. It’s perfect for KS3, BTEC and GCSE or just to get more into creative music, and includescomprehensive resources for Teachers’ to support the teaching of contemporary music genres.

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Sign up for a no-obligation, 30-day free trial of VIP Studio Sessions by clicking here >>.

Children’s University

Music activities run by the Norfolk Music Hub are now Children’s University Learning Destinations. This means that any child with a Children’s University passport can collect learning credits by taking part in our ensembles, workshops, and other music activities!

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Financial Assistance

If you are looking for financial support for schools and individual musicians to help towards music education, please visit our Financial Assistance page.

Norfolk Music Service offers financial assistance for Instrument Hire and Instrumental Tuition for pupils in receipt of Free School Meals or for Looked After Children. There are also bursaries available to join various ensembles.

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Samba Rhythm Resources

Beat Goes On provides STOMP-style body percussion and samba drumming workshops, as well as meaningful CPD for music teachers.

Here are four free rhythm grids to help you get started with samba in your music lessons. Click here to access the samba rhythm grids.

These resources are perfect for:

  • making the most of classroom percussion
  • use with samba bands
  • use with junk ensembles
  • creating body percussion lesson starters

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Other Learning Resources

There are free online resources for from many professional orchestras:

London Philharmonic Orchestra:


  • Digital Productions
  • Explore – learn more about the Philharmonia Orchestra through a range of films and information pages covering music, musicians, instruments, soloists, repertoire and more
  • Resources – such as interval training and diction

London Symphony Orchestra:

  • Resources for classroom teachers – specially created digital resources to help plan and deliver creative, fun and educational music activities in your classroom

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra:

  • Resources – CBSO creates teachers packs and learning resources to accompany their projects, providing teachers with creative ideas, practical music making activities, cross curricular learning opportunities and further listening suggestions