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Music: Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL9330, tabled on 19 October 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Youth Music and the Take It Away Consortium Reshape Music, published on 14 October; and what steps they are taking to make music education more accessible.

Answered on

3 November 2020

The Reshape Music report provides a valuable contribution in understanding the experiences of disabled young people in accessing music education at school, through Music Education Hubs and in the community. The research was funded by the National Lottery fund through Arts Council England, and the Department will work closely with the Arts Council to assess the findings of the report.

We believe all pupils should have access to a quality music education, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The National Plan for Music Education sets out our vision for music education, including to enable children from all backgrounds and every part of England to have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.

The Department is due to refresh the national plan following the Call for Evidence undertaken earlier this year. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the refresh of the national plan is currently on hold but will be published in due course.