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Music: Education

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2008, Official Report, columns 385-6W, on music: education, (1) when his Department published the formal evaluation of the programme of professional development for music teachers; and if he will make a statement; (254523)

(2) what reports his Department has received on the effectiveness of the Professional Development Fund for music teachers; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what assessment he has made of the effects of the £2 million fund for professional development of music teachers on standards of instrumental and vocal tuition in maintained schools; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 15 July 2008, Official Report, columns 385-6W, which said that the evaluation of the programme of professional development for practitioners involved in music in primary schools is ongoing and extensive. Trinity College London and The Open University collect a wide range of data which demonstrate the extent to which music practitioners have engaged with the CPD programme. In summary: 1,300 have engaged with the programme at some level, 733 have attended the core modules, and 304 portfolios have been received to date.

An analysis of the feedback from participants in the programme indicates a high level of satisfaction with their experience. It is too early to gauge the impact on children's learning but informal evidence from local authorities who had a high proportion of teachers taking part is very positive. A review of the first phase of the programme will be published in March and will be made available through the programme website at

www.ks2music.org.uk