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Schools: Choirs

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 14 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have joined the £10 million initiative to encourage choral singing; how many extra students the initiative has assisted; and what proportion of the budget has been spent. (142590)

The £10 million is not being devolved to schools at this stage. There has been huge interest in the national singing campaign and Howard Goodall, the singing ambassador, has received hundreds of messages from schools, organisations and individuals asking how they can become involved or providing details of the work they already do. Plans are being made to allocate the funding to major national initiatives to achieve the widest possible impact. This will include the production of a major song resource to be made available to every school and every child and the training of vocal leaders for schools.