William Eichler 03 January 2020

Whitehall promises £85m ‘culture boost’ after decade of school cuts

Whitehall promises £85m ‘culture boost’ after decade of school cuts image

The Government has committed to investing millions of pounds into film, dance, theatre and design lessons and facilities for secondary school children.

School standards minister Nick Gibb has said that £80m will go into Music Education Hubs, which are organisations that give pupils access to instruments.

Charities that help young people learn about different styles of music are also set to receive £1m next year and a series of other cultural education programmes, such as Heritage Schools and BFI Film Academy, will get £4m.

‘Music, arts and culture play an essential role in enriching pupils’ education, and we want to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to learn an instrument or perform in a choir or a band,’ Mr Gibb said.

‘Our continued investment will play an important role in helping young people widen their horizons and access all the opportunities that learning a musical instrument can provide - whether that be playing for pleasure or performing.’

The director of music education for Arts Council England, Hannah Fouracre, said she was ‘delighted’ by the announcement.

‘These programmes support a creative, diverse and inclusive music education for children and young people across England,’ she said.

Music education in schools has been hit hard by a decade of austerity, according to a report published in April 2019.

Authored by the Musicians’ Union and supported by UK Music and the Music Industries Association, The State of Play reported that music education in the UK was in a ‘perilous state’.

Based on a poll of more than 1,000 heads, teachers, music service managers and instrumental teachers, the report said that 97% of classroom music teachers lacked confidence in the Government’s handling of music education.

The report also warned that cuts, a demoralised workforce, and inequality in instrumental provision were undermining the teaching of music.

Participatory budgeting image

Participatory budgeting

Evgeny Barkov explains what participatory budgeting means and how it can reveal what citizens need.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Front-End Developer - Learning Platform

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Personal Advisor - Leaving After Care

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Please note this is a fixed term /secondment opportunity until August 2021. (please discuss with your current manager if you are considering a secondm England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Personal Advisor - Homelessness

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Please note this is Fixed Term Contract/secondment opportunity until 31st March 2021. (please discuss with your current manager if you are considering England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Commercial Vehicle Technician

Chelmsford City Council
£30,000 per annum
We are seeking a fully trained HGV technician to work as part of the team who maintain the Council's fleet to the highest standards.  Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Social Worker - Carer Assessment Team (Fostering)

Barnet London Borough Council
£39,040.00 - £49,950.00 Per Annum
In Barnet we value our Social Care staff and we know that our biggest and most important resource are its workforce. Colindale, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Barnet London Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue