New plans for music education and music teachers unveiled by the government


Ministers are to tune up music plans to provide more opportunities for pupils from all backgrounds, schools minister Nick Gibb has announced.

The Department for Education is to ask education experts and those in the music industry for support in developing a successful blueprint for music education and music teachers.

Plans are also in place to ensure that music teachers can teach in a way that stays up to date with developments in technology and how it is created, recorded and produced.

The consultation is designed to tackle concerns that older pupils are turning their backs on music and that music hubs are not reaching as many people as they could be.

Mr Gibb said that all pupils should have an opportunity to play musical instruments, to sing, or to read and write music in the classroom.

“I want to continue to level up opportunities so all young people can get the best out of their music education,” he said.

“We can only achieve this if we reflect on the latest advances in music and work together with experts in the music industry, specialist teachers, as well as reflecting on young people’s experiences”.

The consultation is set to focus on how the national plan for education, which is nearly a decade old, can be refreshed and made more inclusive, especially for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

An estimated £80 million was committed by the government in January to fund music hubs for the 2020-2021 academic year.

With the new consultation due to run until 13 March, the chief executive of the Arts Council, Darren Henley, has urged anyone with an interest in music to give their views.

He added that the commitment to a new national plan is “an exciting step in nurturing the next generation of creative talent”.

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