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Teaching and Learning Senior Lead

£36,587 per annum for 28.8 hours per week

This post is one of two Teaching & Learning Senior Leads and is a senior leadership role within Surrey Arts as part of the music team, working strategically on development of all Surrey Arts' work and the Music Education Hub.

Surrey County Council
Remote working from Guilford
Contract Type
Part-Time Permanent
Closing Date
7th November 2021

This post is one of two Teaching & Learning Senior Leads and is a senior leadership role within Surrey Arts as part of the music team, working strategically on development of all Surrey Arts’ work and the Music Education Hub. The Teaching & Learning Senior Leads will be responsible for the operations of the music teaching teams in half of Surrey. The role is four days per week but will require some evening and weekend working, which would be planned in advance. This vacancy arises at a crucial time for the organisation and the role will be key to our success in returning to area-based working.

You will work strategically with senior colleagues and external partners to transform music education in Surrey and help to shape clear musical pathways for all young people, drive up standards and ensure great music education outcomes. All roles at this level make a significant, ongoing contribution to the development of the Music Education Hub.

Key to our ambition is a diversified offer which we will co-create with under-represented communities in Surrey. You will play an important role in achieving this in close collaboration with your senior colleagues and the Inclusion Manager. You will also contribute to more co-ordinated working between the music service and Arts Development teams.

You will manage two (of four) area managers and will support them in:

  • Establishing area centres with an exciting music and arts offer and close links to their communities
  • Developing new relationships with schools to better meet their needs and to increase sustained musical learning by pupils at all key stages.

The Ideal Candidate
First and foremost, you will be innovative and passionate about achieving outstanding musical outcomes for young people. You may, or may not, hold Qualified Teacher Status but you must be demonstrably successful as a music educator and leader, in any musical discipline, and have extensive experience of working in school settings. You will also show a commitment to learning across Surrey Arts, not just for our students but for your team and yourself.

You will:

  • Be experienced and demonstrably successful as a music education practitioner, this can be in any discipline or musical tradition
  • Have prior experience of leading and managing music education activity in situations where you are accountable for the effectiveness of delivery by others
  • Have high expectations of those you manage and be able to support colleagues constructively to develop
  • Be a reflective practitioner with a passion for continued learning and development
  • Think differently about challenges and opportunities, and be able to enthuse others
  • Make positive relationships with colleagues, partners, parents/carers and children and young people
  • Be aware of current initiatives in the UK music education system
  • Be committed to an anti-racist agenda and hold equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of your work
  • Be willing and able to support Surrey Arts’ work all over the county and outside of normal working hours

We would love to hear from you if you have the same passion for Arts as us at Surrey and if you would like to help inspire Surrey’s musicians of the future.

How to Apply

For more information please find the full job description in the link below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

For an informal discussion about the role, please email Sarah Lee, Service Manager for Surrey Arts at

Closing Date:
7th November 2021
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