Resources for Schools

Progression Framework for Music KS 1-2

Nottingham Schools Trust and Nottingham Music Hub have developed a Music Progression Framework for KS1-2: a carefully planned progression route that integrates the work of the school curriculum and Nottingham Music Hub initiatives into a city-wide framework where all aspects work together, aligned with the DfE model music curriculum and meeting both the requirements of the national curriculum for music and the DfE National Plan for Music Education.

The 2nd edition of the progression framework has been thoroughly revised to incorporate the DfE Model Music Curriculum.


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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 are available at a shared music hub site along with resources.

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

We are grateful to staff from the following organisations who contributed to the development of this framework:

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

Forest Fields 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

St Mary's Catholic Academy

Walter Halls Primary School

Welbeck Primary School

Westglade Primary

Model Music Curriculum for KS 1 - 3

The Department for Education has just published the new model music curriculum for children aged 5-14 in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.

The curriculum features a large resource list of music from around the world, focusing on a range of genres and styles, with children being introduced to instruments and singing from Year 1.Download the full curriculum here

Artsmark Offer

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum.Nottingham Music Hub is an Artsmark partner organisation, and can support schools in applications for silver, gold or platinum status. Most schools in the city are already engaging with music hub activities, so chances are you already have some excellent evidence for meeting Artsmark criteria.

Nottingham Music Hub initiatives such as the Great Orchestra Experiment, Christmas in the City, Noise from the Next Generation and Sing City provide opportunities for young people (YP) to prepare for live performances, showcase their work and experience exciting, inspiring and engaging live music from a range of cultures

Christmas in the City, Summer Sing and other singing events provide CPD for teachers and shared good practice resources across schools.

Whole Class Ensemble Tuition, In Harmony programmes, Area Bands, the innovative Music Camp and the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra family of ensembles give YP the chance to develop their skills over a longer period of time. The many schools engaging with these integrated progression routes will be able to utilise data collected for the DfE, showing that Nottingham city schools lead the way in terms of equality and diversity in music education.

Get in touch with us for help and advice about using music hub initiatives as part of your Artsmark application. For more information about Artsmark, click here or contact The Mighty Creatives for support with the application process.

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