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Write to Ofqual Chief Regulator Dr Jo Saxton

Since the Chair of Ofqual, Ian Bauckham, suggested music education could be suspended and music teachers be redeployed to cover other subjects, ISM members have been in touch to express their disappointment with the proposal.

Our Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts, wrote to The Times and to Ofqual to ask for a retraction from Mr Bauckham.

If you agree that suspending music education would be damaging to the subject that has already been disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic you can write to Dr Jo Saxton, Ofqual's Chief Regulator. The ISM provides draft text below and the email address is [email protected].

If you do write to Ofqual please cc us in at [email protected] and do contact us to share your feedback about our template letter, or if you would like to know more about our campaigning work.

Template letter

Email address: [email protected]

Earlsdon Park
53-55 Butts Road,


Dear Dr Jo Saxton,

I write to express my concern at the recent suggestion made by the Chair of Ofqual, Ian Bauckham, regarding the suspension of specialist subjects and in particular music so that such teachers can be redeployed to teach other subjects.

Music is part of the national curriculum and has already been disproportionally affected by the pandemic, as found in the report The Heart of the School is Missing by the Incorporated Society of Musicians the subject association for music.

As recently as November 2021 the Department for Education’s recovery curriculum said that the return of music in schools was a ‘key priority’. Simply put, music forms part of the requirement of a broad and balanced curriculum, and its educational benefits should be supported by the Chair of Ofqual not diminished.

Further, music education is a vital part of the creative pipeline that fuels the UK’s creative industries, worth £116bn per year to the economy.

I hope that your internal governance requirements will look into this matter carefully and that Ofqual issues a statement making clear that it does not endorse these comments and that these are Mr Bauckham’s personal views and not those of Ofqual.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely