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The national newspaper of Wales, the Western Mail, recently reported that Cardiff Council was recommending schools use their Pupil Deprivation Grant (similar to the Pupil Premium in England) to replace bursaries from the music service for music lessons, which are being cut. It reported that the Education Minister, Huw Lewis, would be writing to Cardiff Council to give it…

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“The number of young people opting to take GCSE and/or A Level music is reducing; music-making activities in school time are being squeezed yet music in all its forms continues to be made and listened to outside school by the large majority of young people (A Youth Music survey of 1,000 7-19 year olds across…

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In his latest TED talk, the creativity and education expert Sir Ken Robinson once again argues that human beings are diverse, curious, and creative – and our education systems should reflect that, not work against it. He refers to the US’s ‘No Child Left Behind’ policy but as you’ll see, could just as well be…

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If you’re needing to make the case for music or the arts in your school or organisation,Reinvesting in Arts Education – winning America’s future through creative schools, has proven useful recently for a few colleagues, so I thought I’d summarise some of the key findings here. It’s worth a fuller read, particularly the sections on…

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It’s a year since the government published its long-awaited National Plan for Music Education, and the first manifestation of this, the new music education hubs in England, have been operating for around three months now. It’s early days of course, but some teachers and heads remain uncertain about what they’re all about, how they can…

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I went to a conference put on by these people about a year ago and it both encapsulated all I believe about learning, and challenged my assumptions about how I think about learning. It was completely inspiring and fried my brain. I wish I’d blogged about it at the time but they’ve just released a…

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