Quality music education for all school children
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In light of the recent successes of Feversham Primary School, the U.K. Government should recognize the importance of music education in schools and fund it accordingly.
The importance of music in turning around Feversham Primary School from an underachieving school to being one of the top 10% for pupil progress, was recently well documented by the BBC and the Guardian.
This was done on modest resources and in a socially deprived area, where 98% of children speak English as a second language, by their Head of Music Jimmy Rotheram, under the headteacher Naveed Idrees.
The wider effect of creating an excellent programme of music making was a significant improvement in other subject areas, and which thus represents astonishing value for money.
Based upon this example the UK government should finally recognize the value of music in schools and fund music education accordingly. The re-inclusion of the creative arts subjects to the EBac would also be a significant step in the right direction.
As Jimmy Rotheram has proven; a music program that is based upon singing can be set up for very little material cost and all that is required is an investment in good music teachers.
More information about the Kodály concept of music education can be found on the British Kodály Academy website, as well as a wealth of fantastic training opportunities:
The original Guardian article about Feversham Primary:
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