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.
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.
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.”