This post will be updated each time we add music education news and reports which are relevant to England.
Cuts to Norfolk Music Service could impact on young people’s mental health, March 2020
A chart-topping singer has warned that any quick fix cuts to the Norfolk Music Service would have serious impacts on children’s mental health.
Partnerships in early years music: Working together, February 2020
Two large-scale partnership projects in London and Birmingham have recently shown what an ambitious agenda for excellence in early years music education can look like.
Save music education in England, January 2020
After nine years of austerity, the Conservatives have promised a spending spree. But will it be enough to rescue music education in England?
Music education hubs in England receive another year’s funding, November 2019
The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that England’s music education hubs will receive funding for the 2020-21 financial year.
DfE may have ‘dropped the ball’ on plan for music in England, October 2019
Government expert, Bridget Whyte, says many schools are “not even aware” of the National Plan for Music Education in England, which is due for renewal next year.
London music scheme improved deprived children’s creativity and wellbeing, September 2019
A new report on the impact of a music making programme in three London boroughs, has highlighted positive changes in the “creativity, emotional literacy, motivation and self-efficacy” of young people.
Brass bands and wellbeing in England: Brand new evidence!, June 2019
Researchers from the University of Sheffield’s Music and Wellbeing Unit have just released a detailed report on the benefits and challenges of playing in brass bands.
MPs call for arts to be added to the EBacc, March 2019
Report on live music industry says quality of music education in England faces multiple threats.
Arts Council England plans to match crowdfunding for Music Education Hubs, March 2019
The move follows a 2017 pilot project that found arts and heritage crowdfunding donations increased by 17% when the project was match-funded.
Music lessons ‘being stripped’ out of schools in England, March 2019
State schools in England have seen a 21% decrease in music provision over the last five years, research suggests.
Music education in England ‘must tackle digital disconnect’ – Music Commission report released, March 2019
The report of the 18-month enquiry by the Music Commission says that music education must evolve to fit the needs of the 21st century or risk failing generations of young talent.
‘State of the Nation’ music education report released for England, February 2019
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education, the University of Sussex, and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) have released a report which looks at the effect of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) on music education.
Ofsted launches consultation on new inspection framework in England, January 2019
This is good news for arts subjects in England which have been squeezed out of the curriculum due to a combination of the current accountability measures and funding.
Music is a powerful contributor to young people’s wellbeing in England, January 2019
A new research report by Youth Music of young people aged 7 to 17 in England, shows that music is essential to their lives, significantly improving their wellbeing.
English schools shut out from DfE music curriculum panel, January 2019
The Westminster government has come under fire for choosing just three serving school leaders for its 14-strong panel that will develop its new “model” music curriculum for England.
EBacc partly to blame for decline in music at GCSE in England, December 2018
A senior Westminster Government Minister has for the first time pointed to the controversial EBacc education policy as one of the causes of a decline in music in English schools.
The ISM releases report on the future of music education in England, December 2018
The report makes a series of recommendations for both music education in the classroom and any revised National Plan for Music Education in England.
DfE to ‘test appetite’ for music as facilitating subject, November 2018
DfE to write to universities after failure to list A-level music as facilitating subject branded ‘profoundly unhelpful’.
Ofsted to refocus on ‘broad curriculum’ in England, October 2018
Campaigners against the EBacc have welcomed the move, but say it will not be enough on its own to save arts subjects.
Music in schools has the power to reach more young people by reflecting their lives in music, June 2019
Exchanging Notes, a four-year study in partnership with Birmingham University, involved 1,000 pupils in secondary schools and makes recommendations around reinforcing the value of music in schools, reflecting the interests of young people and investing in partnership working.
What does it take to make progress in music?, March 2019
After 18 months exploring this issue, The Music Commission has now finalised its conclusions and has published its report.
New music education report State of the Nation released, February 2019
Report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education, University of Sussex and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).
Music is a powerful contributor to young people’s wellbeing in England, February 2019
A new research report by Youth Music of 1,001 young people aged 7 to 17 in England, shows that music is essential to their lives, significantly improving their wellbeing