Music: Education

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of key stage (a) 1 and (b) 2 pupils received specialist instrumental and vocal tuition within maintained schools in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

holding answer 14 July 2008

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 19 November, Hansard, column 637W. While this information is not routinely collected by the Department, the Institute of Education, University of London, was commissioned in 2007 to collect data on local authority music services provision. The 2007 survey built on previous surveys and there was a 90 per cent. response rate.

The following tables provided in my reply last November have now been updated with the 2007 data.

Academic year Percentage of KS1 pupils reported as receiving specialist instrumental or vocal tuition Percentage of KS2 pupils reported as receiving specialist instrumental or vocal tuition
2001/02 (1) 12
2004/05 2 13
2006/07 4.5 13
(1) Data not available for KS1

Note:

Figures do not take account of music tuition provided by those operating outside of local authority arrangements.

Specific national funding to support the widening of opportunities for primary children to access instrumental and vocal provision began in 2003. Data from the surveys on participation in these programmes, which largely involve specialist music teachers, are reported in the following table.

Academic year Percentage of KS1 pupils reported as being involved in wider opportunities activities Percentage of KS2 pupils reported as being involved in wider opportunities activities
2003/04 (1) 8
2004/05 (1) 10
2005/06 5 22
2006/07 7.7 32.6
(1) Data not available

The survey data predicted that the average percentage of children expected to be involved in a widening opportunities programme during the whole school year 2007/08 would rise to 12.5 per cent. for key stage 1 and 50.6 per cent. in key stage 2.

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