Funding Boost for Music Lessons in Schools
Earlier today, the Department for Education announced a £1.33 million funding boost for music education hubs. This is in addition to the planned £300 million to be spent on music education between 2016 and 2020, making the arts the second highest funded element of the curriculum behind PE.
A new model music curriculum created by an independent panel of experts is to be implemented in late 2019, providing schools with a structured outline to ensure all pupils can enjoy quality music lessons.
The statement released today said:
“According to a report by Arts Council England, this work has reached 89% of schools and seen over 700,000 pupils learning instruments together with their classmates in 2016/17.”
School Standards Minister Nick Gibbs said:
“Having the opportunity to study and explore music isn’t a privilege, it’s a vital part of a broad and balanced curriculum – and that’s why I’m determined that all pupils should have access to a world class music education.
All pupils at least up to the age of 14 should study music in school. We want to make sure their lessons are of the very highest quality and pupils leave school having experienced an excellent music education so those who wish to do so can take up opportunities to pursue musical careers.
This new model curriculum and the new money for our successful music hubs will make sure the next generation of Adeles, Nigel Kennedys and Alex Turners have all the support they need in school.”
To read the full press release click here.