Disappointment with music exclusion from teacher bursary scheme
The Department for Education has reinstated a number of bursary schemes for teacher trainees to boost recruitment following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The change in thinking comes less than a year after the announcement that all bursaries would either be reduced or scrapped. The decision has been described as a u-turn.
Government has published full details of the support schemes available. Music is not a subject that has a bursary, which has led to the ISM calling for a change of thinking from the DfE.
The 'State of the Nation' highlights the falling number of music teachers. The ISM believes that urgent steps should be taken to increase the number of music teachers and providing a bursary would be a necessary first step.
ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts commented on the decision not to include music in the initial teacher training bursaries;
“The new ministerial team at the Department of Education, the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s commitment to a levelling up agenda should bring a greater respect for the work of music teachers and appreciation of the benefits students get from high quality music education.
Unfortunately to exempt music from these teaching bursaries not only denies students of brilliant music teachers of the future but also sends the message that music is not valued as highly as other subjects on the curriculum.
When the number of music teachers are falling the Government should be putting in every effort to recruit and train more. We implore the Government to think again for the good of the education system.”
The ISM will be following up with the DfE.