Music Education: State of the Nation – A Report from ISM.org

Music Education: State of the Nation – A Report from ISM.org

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education, The University of Sussex and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) recently published a report titled “State of the Nation”. This report is compiled from significant research done by the University of Sussex, BBC, UCL/NUT, ASCL and ISM.

The report, led by Dr Alison Daubney (PhD, Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Sussex) and Gary Spruce (Visiting Lecturer in Music, Birmingham City University), the report digs into Government figures regarding the flagship education policy, The English Baccalaureate (EBacc), on creative subjects. The Department for Education (DfE) definie the EBacc as a “Performance measure for schools, not a qualification for pupils”.

The report reveals that young students from groups experiencing high levels of social deprivation are negatively impacted by the EBacc. They are often discouraged from taking creative subjects in favour of focusing on EBacc subjects.

The report also discusses the Government position on Music GCSE’s being broadly stable and the true position of the music education workforce. DfE teacher workforce data shows that there has been a music teacher workforce drop of 26.7% at Key Stage 3.

To read this report, visit the ISM.org website: https://www.ism.org/news/new-music-education-report-state-of-the-nation-released

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