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Investors In People

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) universities, (b) colleges of higher education, (c) general further education colleges and (d) sixth form colleges have Investors in People status. [104958]

The proportion of educational establishments which have or are working towards Investors in People is as follows.(2) how many pupils in each year group

(a) had access to and (b) took up musical instrument lessons in the latest year for which figures are available. [111688]

This information is not collected centrally.However, music is taught to all children in Key Stages 1–3 (ages five to 14) through the National Curriculum. The Government also provides just under £60 million per annum to LEA Music Services through the Music Standards Fund to give pupils access to high quality musical experiences, including instrumental lessons.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken to assist talented musicians from state schools to achieve excellence as musicians. [111685]

My Department is strongly committed to music education and we have a number of projects under way to identify and nurture talented young musicians.The Music Standards Fund offers just under £60 million per year for musical activities delivered through LEA Music Services, including instrumental tuition and programmes for the gifted and talented. The Music and Dance Scheme has allocated just under £65 million to gifted and talented young musicians since 1997 through its Aided Pupil Scheme; and we are supporting the work of the National Youth Music Organisations to enable them to increase access and opportunities for young musicians throughout the country. The gifted and talented education programme includes support for talented young musicians, for example, through the gifted and talented strand of Excellence in Cities and the national summer school programme for 10 to14 year-olds.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) peripatetic and (b) staff musical instrument teachers work in state schools in the UK; how many full-time equivalent staff there are; and what the average number of hours worked per week was in the latest period for which figures are available. [111687]