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Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Justine Greening MP, Angela Rayner MP

Quality music education for all school children

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:  

edward Jones
6,834 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Josepha Madigan, Denis Naughten, Leo Varadkar, Joan Burton, Jack Chambers, Ruth Coppinger, Richard Bruton

Save our national orchestras!

RTÉ has announced a review of their orchestral provision, meaning that 31 musicians from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Orchestra will lose their jobs from June 2018. These two orchestras, which have been an intrinsic element of Irish musical culture for almost 70 years, have long been a standard-bearer when it comes to public outreach and involvement in the Irish music scene. Should these cuts go ahead, two very valuable and necessary musical organisations will be damaged, perhaps irrevocably. The future of classical music in Ireland is in great danger. The implications of these cuts are shocking, especially given that Arts and Music Education in Ireland is already severely underfunded, and one of the worst systems in the whole of Europe. Something needs to be done to preserve and develop these orchestral institutions. Especially in light of recent and not-so-recent events in world and national politics, it's vital we fight to preserve these organisations that exist purely to bring people together, break down boundaries, and express some of the strongest and most vulnerable human emotions, through the medium of sound.  We strongly believe that this is not a matter for RTÉ alone to decide and that the responsibility is jointly held between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, The Arts Council, RTÉ and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. We call on the Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan, and Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten, to immediately halt the progress of the current report and to proceed with establishing and implementing a national strategy on orchestral provision, ensuring the maintenance and development of existing orchestras. Take action to support and save our national orchestras, and ensure the continuance of a rich musical culture in Ireland. Sign and share.  #LoveYourOrchestras

Sarah Joyce
17,023 supporters