Key Stage 2

MusicPlus is an Arts Council England funded scheme which provides instrumental tuition and musical instruments for whole classes at no cost to the student. Kent Music runs a MusicPlus programme which can be bought in by schools using the funding received from Kent Music for this purpose. MusicPlus is designed for children at Key Stage 2, ideally in Year 4.

The programme allows children to build confidence, play in an ensemble, compose, and much more! MusicPlus classes are extremely beneficial to the academic, social and emotional development of children.

We do expect that the classroom teacher is present when MusicPlus lessons take place to assist with the smooth running of the lesson and preferably to take part themselves! Find out more about Music Plus.

Funding Information for Schools

The Music Education Hub has a range of responsibilities in line with the National Plan for Music Education published in November 2011 by the Department for Education. Kent Music is funded by Arts Council England.

In order for schools to qualify for ring-fenced funding for music education, Kent Music requires all schools in Kent to complete an annual survey in the spring of each year. Non completion of this Survey will result in funding being withheld (see terms and conditions above). Whole class teachers using the MusicPlus framework also need to attend 1 day of Kent Music CPD per academic year and make themselves available to be part of the Quality Assurance  programme in order to continue receiving funding.

Funding for Key Stage 2 is paid in 1 of 2 ways on the 20th of each month between September and March:

  • Directly to the school
  • To an accredited agency ie: Kent Music

Funding is a contribution towards the cost of 4 terms of Whole Class music teaching at KS2. It is calculated at £6.66 per KS2 pupil (based on 2012 census figures).

Read the full Funding Terms, Conditions and Guidelines 2017-18 here.