Sour note for school music. Are LA cuts and academisation to blame? (updated)

3 Jun

Update: 3 June 2014

 BBC News:Funding cuts put music at risk

15 November 2013:

A quality music education only reaches a minority of pupils in England’s schools, according to an Ofsted report.   

This is a shameful situation for an important cultural and academic discipline that may also help with lifelong learning.  

Music services to schools that were traditionally provided by local authorities have been cut. 

The distorting effect of league tables and the EBacc have also had an impact on subjects like music. 

An independent review of Cultural Education in England also raised concerns that cultural education in England was “patchy”, warning of concerns about how much the coalition government values cultural education in schools and highlighting the impact of the EBacc. 

The fragmentation of the education service, following the introduction of academies and free schools, also seems to be having a negative impact on music education. 

In a letter in the May 2012 issue of the Voice members’ magazine, Your Voice, ‘Katherine’ wrote:  

“I am a peripatetic music teacher. Several colleagues have had to take voluntary redundancy because the schools can’t afford to buy in music provision. The situation will become much worse with all the academies. 

“The rumours are that the academies will not use the LA service in future because they are being charged more. I believe they are charged more because they have been given a percentage of our budget because they are no longer LA schools. In effect, they are being charged the same price because they have the money that was our funding, but they don’t see it that way. 

“My children are at an academy and are suffering because the LA provision is more expensive so opportunities like field trips are being taken away.” 

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2 Responses to “Sour note for school music. Are LA cuts and academisation to blame? (updated)”

  1. Patrick A. Clark 25. Nov, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    While pre-primary and compulsory education is the responsibility of municipalities, central government is responsible for the operation of upper secondary schools and higher education institutions. Although education in Iceland has traditionally been provided by the public sector, a certain number of private institutions are in operation today, primarily at the pre-primary, upper-secondary and higher education levels.

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