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Concerns Over Proposals to Suspend School Music Lessons

Ofqual boss Ian Bauckham has suggested that schools might consider emergency timetable changes in response to the Omicron surge, that would see music teachers redeployed to other subjects. We advocate strongly against this idea.

Published: 06 January 2022 | 11:13 AM
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This is no time to limit the curriculum by cutting statutory subjects like music. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The MU is concerned to read about proposals to suspend school music lessons in order to redeploy music teachers to other subjects. With pupils still catching up after last year’s lengthy school closures, this is no time to limit the curriculum by cutting statutory subjects like music. We will advocate strongly against any suspension of music in schools.

Last year the MU wrote to the new Education Secretary and Schools Minister, urging them to work together to protect music education. You can read the full details in MU National Organiser for Education and Health & Wellbeing, Chris Walters’s blog.

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