29 November 2011

An early Christmas present – The National Plan for Music Education. An expert perspective from Katherine Zeserson

Well, there are certainly reasons to be cheerful – having a Plan at all is a very good thing. That it took so long to take Darren Henley’s January recommendations and generate these 55 pages suggests to me that making the Plan wasn’t easy, and we all need to bear that in mind as we start to pick it over. Interesting to note that this wasn’t the only Plan announced by Government last Friday – there was also Nick Cleggs’ £1 billion strategy aimed at reducing youth unemployment via apprenticeships. Whatever you may think about the causes of youth unemployment, this response isn’t foolish, addressing as it does both skills training and first access to the jobs market. Setting the two initiatives side by side is instructive – the NPME does seem to sit a little away from the core debates about education, training and employment, with its detailed focus on facilitating the more sublime aspects and outcomes of music making …

25 November 2011

The National Plan for Music Education is published

The National Music Plan has been a long time coming and was finally published this morning. It was greeted by a flurry of interested Twitter followers and a range of responses from the sector. This post gives you a summary of the headlines and the initial reaction from our partners. We will be publishing further thoughts and analysis from our members over the next few days.

11 November 2011

Policy and practice round-up November

Policy and Practice Round-Up

This week we bring you news of the Cultural Learning Alliance campaign to highlight the importance of cultural learning in schools; cuts to initial teacher training allocations; a drop in UCAS applications for arts courses; education funding figures from the Institute of Fiscal Studies; Youth Music’s new funding programme and network; news of one particularly inspirational teacher, and some new evaluations and evidence.