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Head of Finchley Music Centre and lead teacher for string tuition

0.8 FTE of L5 to L9 pro rata of £46582 to £51090

An Exceptional leader and string practitioner is required to manage our Saturday string centre in Finchley, North London, our midweek flagship groups and our string teaching team during the week. Some string teaching with be included with this post

Barnet Education Arts Trust (BEAT)
Finchley Music Centre (Moss Hall School on Saturdays and Thursdays) and elsewhere during the week
Contract Type
Part-Time Permanent
Closing Date
1st May 2018

Context and Purpose of Job

BEAT provides instrumental teachers to schools, operates three music centres on Saturday mornings,
assists in the signposting and delivery of Common Professional Development for music subject specialists
in Barnet schools, organises major public performances and provides whole class instrumental
tuition to schools.

Finchley Music Centre operates as a centre of excellence for string ensembles and other tuition on Saturday mornings and hosts rehearsals for flagship groups during weekday evenings. The One Voice and Young Voice Choirs meet on Wednesday evenings, Barnet Youth Brass Band and Barnet Youth Orchestra on Thursday evenings and Barnet Youth Wind Orchestra on Friday evenings. All Music Centre ensembles and flagship groups meet for 10 weeks per term

The Head of Finchley Music Centre and lead teacher for string tuition is responsible for the delivery of a
number of the above and is accountable for:

• Managing Finchley Music Centre (Saturday mornings and some evenings)
• Contributing to the wider community and ethos of BEAT
• Working with the CEO and other Directors to develop BEAT
• Working with external partners as required to deliver the above
• Teaching the violin/viola as required

Teaching responsibilities

• Teach and/or conduct as required – teaching hours in this post to be added to post hours – at present
this will include some whole class string teaching, violin/viola teaching and coaching on Thursday evenings for Barnet Youth Orchestra. Although this post in at present part time it is possible for the successful
candidate to increase teaching hours to make this a full time post.
• Set an example to other teachers in the delivery of BEAT teaching standards

Management responsibilities

• Communicate effectively with all necessary partners, schools and/or staff
• Reply promptly to enquiries from parents and teachers
• To assist in the appointment of staff
• To assist in the development of the string teaching staff
• To partake in and /or oversee staff appraisals as required and ensure that all staff line managed by the lead teacher have an annual performance management meeting
• To encourage and develop optimum performance from staff
• To report monthly on any staff absences/overtime on the absence/overtime spreadsheet
• To inform the CEO termly of staff hours at least one week before the end of term
• Evaluate programmes of work as required
• Only allow staff with a current DBS check to work in any of the activities provided by BEAT
• Lead string teaching staff in the whole class string teaching
• To liaise with flagship group staff
• To assist in providing performance opportunities for the flagship groups
• To communicate effectively with Moss Hall School with regard to room bookings
• To prepare and submit concert programmes for printing
• To attend weekly BEAT Senior Management Team meetings (Monday mornings)
• To attend meetings of the Friends of Barnet Music Education (parents who fundraise for us)
• To be responsible for the health and safety of students and staff on site at Finchley Music Centre both on Saturday mornings and during the week, reporting any concerns to the CEO

Financial responsibilities

• Seek best value when procuring goods and/or services
• Advise office staff re attendance of non- payers at Music Centre
• Ensure that all purchases/invoices raised are with the knowledge and approval of
either the CEO or Company Secretary
• Only allow children whose lessons are either free or paid for to receive tuition/attend
activities at Music Centre unless alternative arrangements have been made for payment

In order to carry out the above a degree of flexibility is required and the successful candidate
may be asked to perform work outside the scope of the above. Such duties, will however fall
within the scope of this post.

All staff are expected to promote equality in the workplace.

Person specification

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

• Holding a music qualification from a music conservatoire or university
• Experience in teaching violin/viola to school age children
• The ability/experience to manage large numbers of staff and parents in a positive manner
• The ability to communicate effectively in person, on the telephone, in writing and by e-mail
• Good organisational skills and the ability to use IT systems to manage large amounts of
• A love and enthusiasm for children and young people making music

How to Apply

Please e-mail the CEO, Lynn Holman-Fox with a covering letter and a cv at by Tuesday 1st May. If you would like to visit the Centre this will be possible on Saturday 28th April – please e-mail the CEO if you wish to do so.

Closing Date:
1st May 2018
Friday May 11th
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