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12.02.2020 | By Paul Simpson

Consultation on music education

Posted in News

Please see this announcement from the DfE. Please let us know if you would like anything to be considered for inclusion in a BATOD response (batod_neo@icloud.com)

We would like to make you aware that on Sunday 9th February, we announced the launch of a call for evidence on music education. This call will inform the development of proposals for the refresh of the National Plan for Music Education. We are inviting young people, parents and carers, teachers, headteachers, employers in the music industry and all those with an interest in music education, to take part.

The call for evidence includes specific questions on areas experts have told us are particularly important, including SEND and inclusivity, music technology and the music education hubs. The responses and experiences put forward will help inform changes to the National Plan, which will then be fully consulted on.

The refreshed Plan will be published in autumn 2020 and will build on the current Plan, first published in 2011, which sets out our ambitious vision for music education for all children in England.

This announcement also builds on the recently announced £85 million for a further year of our current music and arts programmes, including music hubs, and is in addition to the manifesto commitment to offer an ‘arts premium’ to secondary schools to allow young people to learn creative skills and widen their horizons.

We hope you will agree that this is an important opportunity for you to have your say and share examples of best practice in music education. We invite the views of as many interested individuals and organisations as possible and would be very grateful if you would consider sharing the call for evidence with your contacts.

The call for evidence, which can be found here will run until the 13th March.