School leaders’ union, NAHT, has called for more support for arts teaching after a survey by Ofsted found that music hubs have struggled to make an impact in promoting music education across the country.
In the Ofsted report, Music in schools: what hubs must do, the schools’ inspectorate says the hubs, introduced in 2012 to help boost music provision, have done good work but that it has often been limited to a small group of pupils. The report makes a number of recommendations to improve the reach of hubs.
However, NAHT said it is not just the work of music hubs that needs to be addressed but all arts provision.
Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT, said: “A well-rounded education system does not exclude music, art or performance and properly values achievements in these fields.
“In our schools, the composers, directors and musicians of tomorrow are waiting to be discovered. This discovery relies on inspirational teachers and a commitment to providing the necessary resources needed to capture and nurture talent.
“As we look at the specifics of this latest report into the importance of music teaching, we should also take the opportunity to reflect on how we make the arts accessible to children of all backgrounds by promoting and protecting the teaching of these subjects in schools.
“Many parents pay to ensure their children receive private tuition in music and arts subjects because they realise the value of developing culturally rich lives. Our school system needs to be fully equipped to ensure that similar opportunities are available to all children.”
Link to Ofsted report on music hubs: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/news/music-hubs-fail-improve-music-education-for-all-0
Page Published: 15/11/2013