Music: Education

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st July 2008.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary age children took music lessons in schools outside the national curriculum in each London borough in each of the last five years.

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)

This information is not held centrally.

However, in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2007, the Department commissioned surveys of local authority music services, which collected data on the prevalence of music tuition. Survey reports are available at:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/research/programmeofresearch/projectinformation.cfm?projected=15161&keyword=music%20services &keywordlist1=Local%20authorities&keywordlist2=Arts&keywordlist3 =0&andor=or&type=0&resultspage=1

These are national data rather than broken down by local authority, but they provide an indication of the music tuition that children and young people are receiving.

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