Guidance for Governors

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Encore Enterprises is committed to supporting governors in improving both the opportunities and quality of music and cultural education for our children and young people. Governors may find the following documents useful.


Music Mark (the subject association for music educators for both school and music service based colleagues), of which Encore is a member, has collaborated with the National Governors' Association and Arts Council England to create two guidance documents for school governors. 

  • ‘Cultural Education - a guide for Governors’ provides both guidance and questions that governors can use when supporting school leaders to provide cultural opportunities for all pupils. (Click here to download)


  • ‘Music Education – a guide for Governors’ provides structured questions focussed on: values and ethos; opportunities; teaching resources; and partnerships. (Click here to download)


In 2012, the DfE published ‘The Importance of Music – A National Plan for Music Education’ (NPME). It is due to be ‘refreshed’ by the DfE but has been delayed due to Covid-19. (Click here to download)


In 2018, Music Mark published ‘The Future of the National Plan for Music Education’ - a summary of its consultation with Music Mark members on the future of a new National Plan for Music Education from 2020. (Click here to download)


‘Making the Most of Music in your School’, published by Music Mark, is an invitation to school leaders and governors to reconsider the place and status of music in their schools. (Click here to download)


‘Music and Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework’ is a webinar delivered by Dr Naomi Bath of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and can be accessed by clicking here.


‘The Short Guide to Accessible Music Education’ is a directory of organisations and resources dedicated to music education for young people with additional needs. (Click here to download)


For governor support & information, professional CPD governor & clerk training, governor forums, seminars, and mentoring visit The Herefordshire Governors’ Association:


For further help or advice specifically related to music education, please contact Roger Wiebkin (Senior Manager):