The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education held its second meeting of 2019 on Wednesday 19 June. APPG Chair Diana Johnson, MP for Kingston upon Hull North, introduced Ian C. Lucas, MP for Wrexham and a member of the DCMS Select Committee, to talk about the Committee’s two latest reports, titled Live Music (March 2019) and The Social Impact of Participation in Culture and Sport (May 2019).
The meeting then heard from Zena Creed, Director of Communications and External Relations at The Russell Group who explained the recent changes to the Russell Group's subject choice guidance including the decision to drop facilitating subjects.
The meeting also heard from Dr Alison Daubney, Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Sussex who discussed Ofsted's new education inspection framework which will be introduced in September 2019. Dr Daubney also stated that music is the fastest disappearing A-Level subject, citing the recent research commissioned by the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. The research revealed that A-Level music uptake was most common amongst those who live in economically advantaged communities.
This was followed by questions which predominantly related to increasing funding and support in schools and music hubs as well as ensuring the government recognises the EBacc is damaging music in schools.
The APPG would like to thank everyone who attended for their contributions.
Download Dr Ally Daubney's presentation from the meeting.