The introduction of the EBacc, the rights of academies to diverge from the national curriculum and funding cuts have all led to a “postcode lottery” in the quality of music education, MPs said yesterday. Tes reports.
The report on the live music industry by the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee adds to growing calls for arts subjects to be added to the EBacc.
Music education was investigated by the MPs because of its role as a “talent pipeline” to the live music industry – which generated almost £1 billion for the UK economy and employed more than 28,000 people in 2017.
“Many in the music and teaching professions perceive the EBacc’s impact on music education to have been more damaging,” the report from the committee pointed out.
It added that there were other factors creating a decline in music education – saying that it had been given evidence that academies’ autonomy to set their own curriculum and pressures on school finances also made the music curriculum in schools vulnerable.
“It is very important that the role of music in the life of schools is valued by the inspection regime – too little credit is given to teachers who support music in schools, often in their own time,” the report states.
Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), said: “If the EBacc is not to be abolished, despite the evidence against it, then the addition of a sixth pillar for arts subjects would go some way in ensuring all students benefit from a creative education, as the report recommends.”
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