Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “Schools are already facing heartbreaking decisions to find the 1% required of them for the pay award, forced into an impossible choice between paying their staff the amounts recommended and making yet more damaging cuts in the middle of a recruitment and retention crisis.
“Local authorities have also suffered ruinous funding cuts over the last 10 years and cannot now be expected to find the money for millions of centrally employed teachers’ pay rises with no additional money from the government at all.
“It is very easy in this situation to see how music could simply slip off the list of priorities entirely, cheating a generation of children out of the opportunity to explore their talents and denying them the benefits music education can bring.”
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