Schools: Musical Instruments

Department for Education written question – answered on 17th November 2015.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley of Knighton Lord Berkeley of Knighton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the availability of musical instruments and instrumental teachers in schools.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Music education hubs are responsible for making sure that every child aged 5 to 18 in their local area has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole-class ensemble teaching and that clear progression routes in music are available and affordable to all young people. Music education hubs must also provide an instrument loan service to support pupils from families with low incomes.

According to data published by Arts Council England (ACE), 583,783 pupils learnt to play an instrument at school through whole-class ensemble teaching in the academic year 2013/14, an increase of 52,361 from 2012/13.

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