Ofsted's expert knowledge from across their areas of inspection include examples of good practice, survey reports and professional development materials. Please find recent relevant documents of use for download below.


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Music in schools: what hubs must do


Published November 2013, this short survey report challenges all music education hubs to be bold in implementing the National Plan for Music Education and to grasp the opportunity to lead, with schools and other partners, improvement in schools on a major scale.


OFSTED Music in Schools – What Hubs Must do


Music in schools: wider still, and wider


In March 2012, Ofsted published its latest triennial report Music in schools: wider still and wider 2008-2011, which highlights the importance of giving sufficient, regular time for developing aural awareness and musical understanding and ensuring that schools prioritise giving pupils opportunities for practical, creative application and response to music.

Music in Schools: wider still, and wider


OFSTED Music in Schools: Sound Partnership Part 1
OFSTED Music in Schools: Sound Partnership Part 2
OFSTED Music in Schools: Sound Partnership Part 3


Making More of Music: an evaluation of music in schools


Published in 2009, this report is based principally on evidence from inspections in a range of maintained schools. Part A focuses on inspection findings. They show that there is some outstanding provision and pupils enjoy music, although they do not always make as much musical progress as they could. Part B considers the essential components of effective teaching in music.


OFSTED Music Subject Survey 2005


The improving the quality of music teaching in primary & secondary schools resources are intended as a discussion document for staff involved in teaching music in schools. It highlights the aspects of effective teaching and presents them in a chart which describes the satisfactory, good and outstanding features seen in Ofsted's music inspections.


These resources remain a good guide to comparing own school provision against the best practice examples.


OFSTED Making More of Music: Primary
OFSTED Making More of Music: Secondary