Lucy Thraves


Music not included in DfE teacher training bursaries, ISM reveals

1:36, 14th October 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has released its Initial Teaching Training Bursaries for the year 2021-22, and music has not been included. 

The ISM broke the story on its social media feeds, where it prompted outrage from members of the industry.

ISM chief executive Deborah Annetts said: ‘We are disappointed to hear that the Department for Education has withdrawn bursaries for music teacher trainees from the next academic year (2021). Opportunities to teach and access music education should be at the heart of our schools’ curriculum and government policy, and it is vital that every child can access a quality music education. To do this there needs to be sustained and meaningful government funding. We call on the government to reconsider their decision and to provide bursaries for music teacher trainees as they have afforded other STEM subjects.’

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