Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)


Is Music in the Curriculum Facing Extinction?

Tuesday 21 November 16:30 until 18:00
Room 107, Fulton
Speaker: Dr Ally Daubney & Duncan Mackrill, Department of Education, University of Sussex
Part of the series: ESW Open Seminar Series

This event is hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)

England has a National Curriculum for Music Education (DfE, 2013) and a National Plan for Music Education (DfE, 2011). Seemingly, then, a high degree of importance is placed upon music education by the current and previous government; indeed, the former Mayor of London, on launching the London Music Pledge, stated:

“Music isn’t a “nice-to-have”. It’s an essential part of every child’s education. From the ages of 5 to 14, all children are entitled to play instruments, compose and listen to music in school, every week. The fact that the National Curriculum
guarantees children ten years of unbroken musical learning in our schools is something to be enormously proud of.” (Boris Johnson, 2014)

This presentation considers the reality in relation to musical learning in English secondary schools by exploring the findings of a recent study based on over 700 questionnaire responses from secondary schools in England. It considers a longitudinal view of music education across the period 2012-2016/17. Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative data, factors impacting children’s music education within and beyond the classroom are considered. In particular, the impact of school type and Ofsted grading on the level of provision, as well as potential pressures - such as accountability measures and the structure of the school day.


Advance booking not required.

Refreshments provided.


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By: Heather Stanley
Last updated: Tuesday, 3 October 2017