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Schools: Music

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in maintained schools received specialist instrumental and vocal tuition in each year since 2001. (255924)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to his question of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1489W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to assess demand for specialist instrumental or vocal tuition amongst (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in maintained schools on a continuous basis. (256066)

Local authorities are currently drawing up their local three year music action plans, and have the main responsibility for addressing the needs and demands of children in their schools.

The Standards Fund Music Grant is a major source of funding for local authorities to provide participation opportunities for its young people. The guidance to the grant states its purpose is spending on activities which enhance opportunities for pupils to access high quality music education, giving priority to instrumental and vocal opportunities at KS2. The guidance goes on to say that local authorities

“retain overall responsibility for monitoring the quality and value for money of the provision purchased, and for ensuring that access at KS2 is a priority.”