Classroom Leadership – High Standards, Great Results

Educational leadership requires more than a degree. It’s that plus curriculum mastery, class management and values that put pupils first.

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Leadership is a practice, not a title. That’s why at Sing Education, it’s far more than your musical pedigree that counts. We also require curriculum mastery, classroom management training, safeguarding skills and living out our core values that put pupils first.

The stepping stones to a great career with Sing Education…

  • Music degree from top UK conservatoire?. Tick!
  • Classroom experience validated by a qualification such as QTS or PGCE? Tick!
  • Specialist Kodály or Dalcroze music education training? Tick!

But that’s just the beginning!

To be a Sing Education professional, you’ll also need to add a good measure of:

  • Ongoing team training with your peer music educators
  • Safeguarding and classroom management skills workshops
  • Supervised delivery of our bespoke curriculum
  • Weekly check-ins with your teaching and training manager
  • Daily practice living out our core values

Let’s take a look at each in turn.

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Music Teacher Training

“Training is at the heart of why Sing Education exists. We recognised that there were talented and enthusiastic musicians out there, who had the skills and knowledge to be a music teacher, but didn’t have access to the high-quality training needed to work within a primary school setting.

Our training and development is a combination of our bespoke online training programme, in-school induction training, team training sessions, and ongoing one-to-one training conducted by each teacher’s manager.” SE1

— Alice Cadman, Director of Education

Curriculum, Classroom Management & Safeguarding

We train our teachers specifically in the techniques needed to deliver Sing Education’s bespoke Schemes of Work and in how to work within nursery and primary school settings. 

In this way not only can they deliver first-class music lessons but they also have the classroom management, safeguarding, SEN and pastoral care skills required to make the learning experience a safe and enjoyable one for all. SE2

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Sing Education Vision and Values

At Sing Education we believe that music should be fun and exciting, enabling children to engage with it. We believe children should have fun finding out why they like music and what it is they like about it. 

Our goal is not only to transform how music education is “done” for young learners, but also to shape the development and career arc of working musicians who choose to teach in primary schools. SE3

Seven core values underpin all that we do at Sing Education. These most fundamental principles include:

  • Inspiring a passion for music
  • Constantly honing our craft
  • Building honest relationships with action and truth
  • Confident and resourceful in the face of challenge
  • Seeing the bigger picture
  • Committed to excellence
  • Being bold and brave 

Tea Time with Alice

And the Sing Education professional responsible for our outstanding curriculum and teaching standards? Alice Cadman. 

As director of education, Alice focuses on teaching and learning, training and recruitment. She develops and refines the way that we teach as an organisation – ensuring that the teaching style, the educational resources and how we train our teachers to deliver these all map back to our vision and values. 

We asked Alice to sit for a few minutes and share a cup of tea with us while we asked…

  • Who inspires you?
    • Michelle Obama. She inspires me because I feel that she stays true to her values, her roots and stays connected to her community. I feel that she has a voice for a much wider group of people than just in politics – she speaks into loads of areas and has a lot of passions and will see her visions through.
    • I also connect to her because she is a storyteller. She will tell stories of her life and her upbringing and how her family overcame barriers and I find that really inspiring.
  • How can we encourage more women to pursue leadership roles?
    • One thing is by doing it! By showing and highlighting women in leadership that inspires other girls and women to want to lead. There are courses, forums, charities and CICs for women in leadership to support one another so I guess it’s supporting one another too.
  • What are you proud of?
    • I am proud of leading an organisation as a visually impaired woman. And I’m proud of getting to a place where I can share my sight loss with clients or other people that I meet and speak to. That’s something I’m proud of because, even though that can be a hard thing to do, I think that it’s important that people with visual impairment are heard and seen to be doing leadership roles.
  • What piece of advice would you give to others?
    • Equip yourself as much as possible. Through courses, through reading, through listening. There are a lot of great podcasts out there for women in leadership that really inspire me and that equips me. You feel normal and you feel part of something wider so to hear other women’s voices is really helpful and empowering.


To learn more about Sing Education, including how our music provision, online instrumental lessons and at home learning resources contribute to a well-rounded music curriculum, please visit

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About Us

Founded in 2014 and serving more than 16,000 children each week, Sing Education is a first class provider of primary school music education. Focusing on high-quality, singing-led tuition, we deliver a complete solution for schools which includes teacher recruitment, training and management, bespoke curricular resources and educational consultancy services.

Through music lessons, singing assemblies, choirs, after school clubs and instrumental tuition, Sing Education works with students from Nursery right through to Year 6. Our core philosophy is that “Every Child Has A Voice,” and, as educators active in the classroom, our directors and teachers know firsthand how much young learners benefit from exciting, rewarding music education.

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