The Music Workshop Company Blog 

Each month the Music Workshop Company publishes two blogs. One blog, written by the MWC team addresses a key issue in Music Education or gives information about a particular genre or period of music. The other blog is written by a guest writer, highlighting good practice or key events in Music Education. We hope you enjoy reading the blogs. 
 
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To contribute as a guest writer please email Maria@music-workshop.co.uk 

Posts tagged “MUSIC EDUCATION REPORT”

Image: Caleb George, Unsplash 
This summer, the Government published its National Plan for Music Education, known in Music Education circles as the NPME. Its full, bold title is ‘The power of music to change lives: a National Plan for Music Education’ – but can it live up to this ambition?  
 
As schools head back after the summer holidays, how might the NPME for England influence their thinking and their planning? And crucially, do they have the resources to put it into action? 
 
Maria Thomas, MWC’s Artistic Director, gives her view.  
As schools return in Wales, they will begin implementing the new Music in Schools programme, part of the National Plan for Music Education that was announced in May. A key element of the plan is the establishment of a National Music Service. 
 
MWC’s Artistic Director, Maria Thomas, gives her opinion on the plan. 
On 28th May 2021, Arts Council England, in partnership with the National Governors Association (NGA) and Music Mark, published an updated guide to music education for School Governors. 
 
Having School Governors who are supportive of Arts Education is vital for maintaining access to and high standards for Cultural Education in schools. 
 
Here is our overview of the report and our top tips on embedding and showcasing music in your school. 
Why Children Need Arts Subjects More than Ever, and Why Teachers Need Support to Provide Them. 
 
As children get back into the swing of school after successive UK lockdowns, one of the main concerns is that they should ‘catch up’ with their education. After a year with little connection with peers, and little structured learning, some of the most vulnerable children have suffered the most. At the same time, areas of the curriculum normally aimed at supporting those children have been hugely depleted. 
Exploring the National Arts, Creative and Cultural Education survey, July 2020. 
 
The Bridge England Network spent the summer months surveying UK schools. Their aim; to gather information about the needs and creative aspirations of children in the UK from autumn 2020. 
 
The resultant report showcases the importance of creative activities in learning. The value of the Arts for mental health is also highlighted. A large amount of data was collected around home learning during lockdown, and this shows the resilience of schools in devising creative learning activities despite, unprecedented obstacles. So how have schools managed to keep teaching, and where does creative learning and the Arts fit in to this ‘new normal’? 
 
Earlier this month, the Durham Commission published its final report following a two-year review of Creativity in Education. The Commission is a collaboration between Arts Council England and Durham University. It aims to identify ways in which creativity, and specifically creative thinking, can play a larger part in the lives of young people from birth to the age of 19, both within and beyond the current education system. 

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