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Feb 9

Music education in England: call for evidence (Department for Education)

February 9 @ 8:00 am - March 13 @ 11:59 pm GMT

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Overview

The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking views on music education, to inform the DfE’s proposals for the refresh of the National Plan for Music Education.

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Why the DfE is consulting

As the current National Plan for Music Education states, great music education is a partnership between classroom teachers, specialist teachers, professional performers and a host of other organisations, including those from the arts, charity and voluntary sectors. We are therefore seeking to hear from a range of interested parties, including young people, parents, teachers, employers in the music industry and music educators.

This call for evidence will gather views on what’s working well and areas which should be built on in refreshing the National Plan for Music Education.

Our ambitions for music education are high – the opportunity to study and understand music isn’t a privilege, it’s a vital part of a broad and balanced curriculum. That is why it is compulsory in the National Curriculum up to Key Stage 3.  It is in this context that we are now refreshing the National Plan for Music Education, to ensure we continue to deliver high-quality music education for all pupils.

This call for evidence forms part of that process.  It invites views on music education, the current level of provision, the National Plan for Music Education and how it should be revised. As the current Plan states, great music education is a partnership between classroom teachers, specialist teachers, professional performers and a host of other organisations, including those from the arts, charity and voluntary sectors. We are therefore seeking to hear from a range of interested parties, including young people, parents, teachers, employers in the music industry and music educators. The insights shared will help us ensure the National Plan for Music Education remains fit for purpose.

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Who this is for

  • Parents and carers
  • Young people
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Further Education (FE) and sixth-form colleges
  • School and college staff, including governors
  • National and local voluntary and community organisations providing musical activities for children and young people
  • Music education hubs and other music services
  • Musicians
  • Employers in the music industry
  • Other educational professionals including academics and researchers

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Issue date, submission deadline

  • The consultation was issued on 9 February 2020
  • The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm GMT on 13 March 2020
  • The results of the call for evidence and the Department’s response will be published on GOV.UK later in 2020

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Enquiries

If your enquiry is related to the policy content of the call for evidence you can contact the DfE music policy team by email: Music.CONSULTATION@education.gov.uk

If your enquiry is related to the DfE e-consultation website or the consultation process in general, you can contact the DfE Ministerial and Public Communications Division by email: Consultations.Coordinator@education.gov.uk or by telephone: 0370 000 2288 or via the DfE Contact us page.

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View the Call for Evidence as PDF

Music education Call for evidence 2020 02 09