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Lucy Thraves

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Government announces £1.3m extra funding for music education hubs and new model curriculum

12:19, 11th January 2019

The Government has announced an extra £1.33m funding for music education hubs.

Arts Council England (ACE) will allocate the funds across the hubs based on the existing funding formula.

Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: ‘Having the opportunity to study and explore music isn’t a privilege, it’s a vital part of a broad and balanced curriculum – and that’s why I’m determined that all pupils should have access to a world class music education.

‘All pupils at least up to the age of 14 should study music in school. We want to make sure their lessons are of the very highest quality and pupils leave school having experienced an excellent music education so those who wish to do so can take up opportunities to pursue musical careers.

‘This new model curriculum and the new money for our successful music hubs will make sure the next generation of Adeles, Nigel Kennedys and Alex Turners have all the support they need in school.’

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the ISM, said that she hoped that this ‘small increase will go some way in ensuring the delivery of [hubs’] music education offer’.

In addition, schools will receive a new model music curriculum developed by a group of teachers, education leaders and musicians, due to be published in 2019.

Linda Merrick, chair of the Royal Northern Conservatoire of Music (RNCM), is among those contributing to the model curriculum’s development.

She called the plan ‘an extremely important and timely intervention. It will support teachers to deliver a meaningful and consistent musical education for their pupils, instilling a life-long love of music for its own sake, enhancing attainment across the wider curriculum and helping to develop the transferable skills essential for the workplace.’

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-backs-young-musicians

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