ISM warns against suspension of music education in post-lockdown schools10:20, 1st July 2020
The ISM has written to Nick Gibb MP the minister for school standards, to express concern at leaked government plans to suspend ‘non-core’ subjects from the curriculum to make time for catch-up in subjects such as Maths and English.
ISM chief executive Deborah Annets said: ‘We hope that this leaked guidance is not final, but it is still very worrying. Not only is the music industry struggling under the weight of Covid-19 but the education of many children now faces further disruption.
‘The government must consult with subject associations and reconsider any plans it may have to suspend music education, and it must take steps to protect its future within our schools. Music education is vital to the talent pipeline and plays a crucial role in tackling mental health problems among children – it must be central to any recovery curriculum and not an afterthought to it.’