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Music Education in England: The Government Response to Darren Henley’s Review of Music Education

In September 2010 the Government asked Darren Henley (Managing Director of Classic FM) to conduct a review of music education across England. The review received well over 1,000 responses.

Posted: 02/08/2011

The Secretary of State has responded to Darren Henley’s review into music in schools with a pledge to end the ‘musical divide’ between those wealthier children with access to great musical education and children in disadvantaged areas. To ensure that young people from every background have access to quality music education, Michael Gove announced that £82.5 million would be given to music services across England next year.

The money will be used to make opportunity more equal in music education and to enhance the prestige and esteem of music teaching as a career route for professional musicians.

The Government intends that the majority of funding will go to front-line delivery of music education. However, knowing that schools and teachers value the resources provided by Sing Up, the Department is providing some funding for 2011-12 to enable a sustainable future for Sing Up to be developed. The Government will also commit a further year’s funding of up to £500,000 in total for the current In Harmony projects so that the lessons being learnt from this approach to community development can be better understood. The Government also urges individuals and organisations to pledge financial support to ensure the future of In Harmony.

Music Education in England – A Review by Darren Henley for the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Music Education in England: The Government Response to Darren Henley’s Review of Music Education are available to download.


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