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‘It's one of those scary areas’: Leadership and management of music in primary schools

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 March 2006

Gary Beauchamp
Swansea School of Education, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 7NB,
Janet Harvey
Department of Education, University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham GL50 4AZ,


The role of the subject leader, or co-ordinator, in the primary school has evolved considerably over recent years. Ultimately, responsibility for individual subjects remains with the headteacher and governors, but much work has been increasingly devolved, at least theoretically, to subject leaders. In this role they need to demonstrate the ability to be both leaders and managers. Whilst some aspects of leadership and management are generic, others may be specific to the subject and type of school. Through interviews with three subject leaders in schools where music is judged to be successful, this article examines their roles from a leadership and management perspective within the context of the existing primary school (3–11 years) structure. The tentative conclusion is that music is different and may need special considerations in equipping subject leaders to work effectively within this type of school.

Research Article
© 2006 Cambridge University Press

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