Head of Strings


Haringey Council - River Park House

Closing Date:

03 Jul 2022

Job description

Contract Terms


Salary: £22849 – £33410

A TLR2 (£2,873 – £7,017) may be awarded for suitable candidates, subject to experience

Location: School House, Inderwick Raod

About Haringey

Haringey Music Education Hub is partnership led by Haringey Music Service.  It serves the local authority area of Haringey. Haringey is a diverse and exciting Borough with a vibrant community across areas of significant social deprivation, alongside areas of relative wealth within a small geographical area.

Here at Haringey, we don’t simply focus on what we do, we also care about how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us as is how we value our employees. Diversity matters at Haringey Music Service and we are proud to have a working environment where we value and respect every individual’s contribution enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of our team as we recognise the more diverse our workforce, the better we are able to meet the needs of the children, young people and communities we serve. We are working hard to increase representation and are committed to equity and equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identify, socio-economic background, religion or belief.

Haringey has over 120 venues where cultural activity takes place, and over 70 events occurring annually – from community theatre to large scale music events. While there are clear clusters of activity (for example around Alexandra and Finsbury Parks, Noel Park, Crouch End and Tottenham Green), cultural venues are well spread across the borough, meaning that there is good access to culture for residents. There are over 2,700 creative and cultural industry enterprises in Haringey, which are estimated to employ over 5,220 people and deliver nearly £211m of Gross Value Added.

Haringey is characterised by its ethnically diverse population which is celebrated and valued in the work we do. 38% of residents identify as Black, Asian, Mixed or from the Global Majority and there are 180+ languages spoken across our BoroughAt Haringey Music Service we value diversity — in backgrounds, thought and experiences. We believe Music is a universal language, and we need people from all backgrounds and swaths of life to help build the future of music education and the music industry. Haringey’s Music Service team is empathetic, caring, and supportive. We are deliberate and self-reflective about the kind of inclusive culture that we are building and are seeking teachers that are not only strong in their own aptitudes but care deeply about supporting each other’s growth.

About the Role

Haringey Music Service is seeking an outstanding string specialist to inspire our children, young people, leading provision across the London Borough of Haringey.

Within this senior leadership role, you will champion the vision of our service, lead and model high quality teaching and learning, support string teachers, build partnerships, and lead in the development of resources and opportunities for our young string players. You will have excellent communication skills and be able to collaborate across the many diverse genres in Haringey.

The successful applicant will have a proven track record and be expected to lead by example, demonstrating an excellent pedagogical skill-set, together with a flair for communication and leadership. Strong keyboard accompaniment skills and experience performing in contemporary styles and genres would be a massive advantage.

About You

To have an overview of all string teaching in Haringey Schools and settings, including Whole Class Instrumental Teaching (WCIT)

To assist the Head & Deputy Head in monitoring the quality of teaching & learning

To assist the Head & Deputy Head with recruiting teachers, deploying teachers in schools/ settings, and understanding the needs and context within our schools and settings

To initiate teachers’ continuous professional development and assist with planning and delivering of sessions

To be oversee the purchase, maintenance and distribution of string instruments

To organise, direct and recruit teachers for Haringey Young Musicians provision, including string courses and holiday provision

To support, develop and grow ensemble string programmes and initiatives

To be a member of the Haringey Music Service Senior Leadership Team



Competitive Salary

In recognition of the invaluable work which our employees carry out, we offer competitive salaries which are benchmarked with other London Borough Authorities. We also offer Recruitment and Retention Incentives for Qualified Social Worker, Senior Practitioner and Team Manager roles.

Pension Scheme

Haringey Council pays into the highly rated Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). The LGPS is one of the largest public-sector pension schemes in the UK. It is a nationwide pension scheme for people working in local government or working for other types of employers participating in the scheme.

Agile Working

Haringey Council promotes and embraces agile working. Successful candidates will receive SMART IT equipment such as smartphones and slim line laptops and there is the ability to work across multiple locations when business needs require it.

Employee Wellbeing

Haringey Council recognises that our employees are vital to the delivery of our Vision and have a direct impact on the experience of our residents. We have therefore invested heavily into our Employee Wellbeing Strategy. We have put the necessary interventions in place to support our employees in reaching their full potential whilst maintaining a work/life balance.

Additional Info

Haringey Music Service supports and promotes the safeguarding of children and is an equal opportunities employer. References will be sought prior to interview. This vacancy will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and candidates will be required to provide evidence of the right to work in the UK. Successful applicants will be placed on a salary scale according to their experience and qualifications.

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please call Daniel Earley, Head of Haringey Service on 020 8489 8960 to book an informal conversation.

Closing Date: Sunday 3rd July 2022

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