Progression Framework for Music KS1-2

Nottingham Schools Trust and Nottingham Music Hub have developed a Music Progression Framework for KS1-2: a carefully sequenced progression route integrating the work of schools and the music hub into a city-wide framework where all aspects work together, meeting both the requirements of the national curriculum for music and the DfE National Plan for Music Education.

Progression Framework for Music 1.1

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City schools are welcome to download a copy of the framework (click above) and adapt it for their use as long as they give credit to Nottingham Schools Trust and Nottingham Music Hub. Editable and up-to-date versions of the framework will be made available at a shared site along with resources. Continue reading for more info.

The framework outlines carefully sequenced learning across key stages 1 and 2, and is designed as a city-wide approach that can be interpreted and delivered in different ways. There is no pressure for any school to use it, but we hope it will be helpful for schools in light of the new Ofsted framework, as the framework shows carefully sequenced progression and clarifies how music hub initiatives and extra-curricular activities are part of an integrated whole.

The common framework will also make it easier to develop common resources and CPD. We are inviting schools with good resources for particular areas of this framework to upload them to a shared site, so that over time we build a rich, shared resource base tied to agreed progression mileposts cross the city.

For access to the shared site or more information on the framework, please contact Helen Murray at

The framework has been developed and refined by staff from:

Nottingham Music Hub

The Nottingham Schools Trust

Bluebell Hill Primary School

Carrington Primary School

Claremont Primary School

Crabtree Farm Primary School

Djanogly Sherwood Academy

Fernwood Primary School

Greenfields Primary School

Haydn Primary School

Heathfield Primary and Nursery School

Melbury Primary School

Middleton Primary and Nursery School

Mellers Primary School

Nottingham Academy Primary

Portland Spencer Academy

Radford Academy

Robin Hood School

Rosslyn Park Primary and Nursery School

Scotholme Primary School

Seely Primary School

Southglade Primary and Nursery School

Southwold Primary School and Early Years Centre

Walter Halls Primary School

Westglade Primary

Nottingham Music Hub