Music education advocacy news

Advocacy – music in schools latest news & campaigns

This post will be updated each time we add news & campaigns about music in schools – please comment below if there’s anything you think we need to add.


Music disappearing from curriculum in England, October 2018
Fewer schools in England offering subject at A-level and fewer pupils taking it at GCSE
Fears for the future of music lessons in schools in England, October 2018
Is EBacc affecting what students study at GCSE and A-level in England?, August 2018
Since 2013, the number of A-level entries in arts subjects in England, which include drama, music and art, has fallen by 14,000, almost 15%. While, entries in Stem subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – have increased by 15,500, 6%.

Arts slashed as core subjects take over in England, August 2018
Latest figures for 2017 show that the time spent teaching music is down 11% at KS3, and 12% at KS4.
GCSE results in England confirm continued collapse of arts in schools, August 2018
Music entries down 7.4%, and performing and expressive arts entries down 41.4%
GCSE Results Day 2018 in England: uptake of creative subjects down by 10.2%, August 2018
Music A-level “in danger of disappearing from England’s state schools”, August 2018
The sharp warning from the Association of School and College Leaders comes as A-level data in England reveals the decline in entries for arts subjects has doubled in speed since last year.
Arts teacher numbers plummet by almost a quarter in England, July 2018
9,000 secondary school arts teachers have left their jobs in England since 2011
Music project brings harmony to Gwynedd schools and homes, July 2018
Bacc for the Future gets heard in Parliament, July 2018
MU launches four surveys as part of new UK music education research project, July 2018
Call for new national body to save music education services in Wales, June 2018
Rap tutorials help troubled Scots school pupils turn the page, June 2018
Why the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra continues to invest in music education, June 2018
Collapse in GCSE arts subjects in England gathers pace, May 2018
The fall in entry numbers in England for GCSE arts subjects has reached record levels
Music instruction ‘at risk of extinction’, May 2018
Teaching union warns of impact of ‘catastrophic cuts’ in Scotland
Top musicians unite in bid for all children to learn an instrument, May 2018
How to improve school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it
The story that broke about music teacher Jimmy Rotheram, head Naveed Idrees and Feversham Primary’s journey from special measures to being in the top 10% nationally.
News consortium forms to address crisis in music education
It features four of the UK’s main access-to-music organisations – Creative United, OHMI, Drake Music and OpenUp Music – who want to make musical instruments more widely available to aspiring young musicians – particularly to disabled people.
Growing research on the negative effects of the EBacc:
* University of Sussex research, 700 secondary schools, March 2017
* Cultural Learning Alliance Ebacc evidence and briefings


Arts in Schools advocacy toolkit, September 2018
Published in partnership between Bacc for the Future and What Next?the Arts in Schools Toolkit is designed to provide all the information you need to champion arts education in your area.


Bacc for the future – anti-EBacc campaign run by the Incorporated Society of Musicians
Cultural Learning Alliance – news and advocacy about cultural and creative education
Wiltshire Music Connect’s ‘Importance of Music‘ campaign contains useful advocacy information

Opinion articles

Music education helps improve children’s ability to learn, October 2018
Music educator, Dr Anita Collins, explains how
Arts vital for a child’s sense of inclusion, September 2018
The creative arts should be immovable parts of a child’s school day, something cherished and valued, says Lenny Henry.
Arts in English schools: the end of an era, September 2018
Why Music at School Matters: The decline of music in Belgian schools and the need to revive it, September 2018
More than an elective: Why music education is essential, August 2018
Sing out! The value of music education, August 2018
Sheku Kanneh-Mason is a state school success story. He may never have a successor, July 2018
School music is more than an enjoyable pastime, June 2018
The Guardian view on educational priorities: arts not grammars, May 2018
Cuts to school funding and music education mean we are failing Bristol’s children, May 2018 – Phil Castang, Bristol Music Trust
‘Protect music education at all costs’, May 2018 – Sadiq Khan, mayor of London
Music education is now only for the white and wealthy – Guardian opinion, March 2017
Music education needs to be fought for – let’s not allow it to slip away – TES, Philip Viveash
Music education out of tune with how young people learn – Musical Routes Report, Royal Philharmonic Society, 2016
Music education must move beyond classical and become more inclusive – Matt Griffiths, CEO Youth Music, 2014
The end of music in schools as we know it?, September 2012 – Howard Goodall

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