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APPG for Music Education: First Session of 2022

The first session of the APPG for Music Education of 2022 took place on Tuesday March 1.

The meeting took place virtually and was well attended by politicians and the music education sector with just under 90 attendees in total. The meeting was chaired by The Earl of Clancarty.

Presentations were delivered by:

  • Georgina Burt, England Development Manager, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)
  • Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians
  • Phil Castang, Director of Creative Learning & Engagement at Bristol Beacon, Chair of the Music Education Council (MEC)

Following speeches attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions.

ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts outlined the findings of the ISM’s recent survey of music teachers in England ahead of an ISM report to be published later this month.

The data shows COVID is still having an impact, but the lack of funding for music departments really stood out, with a huge disparity between maintained and independent schools. One school’s budget worked out at £1 per pupil per annum.

Nearly 100% of respondents were in favour of being consulted on the refreshed National Plan for Music Education. The ISM is calling on the DfE to consult teachers on the NPME before publication. It is important to get buy-in from teachers.

Other findings:

  • Reform of accountability measures
  • More diverse curriculum
  • Increased, ring-fenced funding

The ISM will continue to ask the DfE to consult with the workforce and call for greater funding for music education. Without this, no NPME will succeed.

We also heard from Phil Castang, Director of Creative Learning & Engagement at Bristol Beacon Hub and Chair of the Music Education Council (MEC). Phil is also a member of the Music Education Expert Panel assisting in the development of the refreshed National Plan for Music Education.