DfE Music curriculum delayed over ‘quality’ issues9:15, 7th October 2019
The DfE new Music curriculum module, due to be published this summer, has been delayed
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) who bid £4,500 for the contract, was selected to draft the module in February. However, the department of Education has confirmed that the module will only become available when it ‘meets the high standards of teachers, pupils and parents expect.’
The Music module, aimed at ages 5 to 14, was proposed in order to work with the existing National Curriculum. In turn, ensuring more pupils benefited from a creative education, as well as ‘[making] it for easier for teachers to plan lessons and help to reduce workload.’ Since ABRSM is known for its graded exams, concerns have been raised as to whether the organisation understands the demands of teachers in a day to day school environment, and if they can successfully deliver the curriculum.
A spokesperson for the department of Education, says: ‘Music is a vital part of a broad and balanced education and our new model music curriculum will ensure all pupils are able to benefit from high quality music lessons…We are working with a range of experts to devise a knowledge rich and rigorous model curriculum, which will be available to schools as soon as we are assured it meets the high standards teachers, pupils and parents expect.’
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