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Education: Music

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Sharp of Guildford Baroness Sharp of Guildford Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what role sixth-form colleges and further education colleges play in the national plan for music education.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The national plan for music education, published on 25 November 2011, aims to put the needs of the pupil at the heart of a new approach to music education. It is designed for pupils from age five to 18, both in and out of school, in both formal and informal settings.

The plan reinforces the primary role that each school or college has in delivering the music curriculum across each key stage. The creation of new music education hubs from September 2012 will augment the teaching of music in schools and colleges.

Young people will continue to be able to undertake the study of music through courses such as GCSE, BTEC, graded music examinations or arts award. Hubs will be able to assist them by drawing in the expertise of a range of specialists, such as local orchestras, ensembles, charities and other music groups.

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