For the last 18 years, I’ve taught in both state and independent schools, on and off. Last Friday was my final school concert as l leave teaching to start a new career.
My time as director of music at the school has been set against a backdrop of a significant and sustained decline in music education nationally.
Music, along with all arts subjects, has been excluded from the government’s EBacc measurement of GCSEs and from the Russell Group of Universities’ list of facilitating subjects. Nationally, GCSE and A-level music entries have more than halved in the last 10 years.
A fast-growing number of schools are entirely removing music from the curriculum altogether, faced with the double whammy of sustained cuts to school budgets and a burgeoning teacher recruitment crisis. The combination of these events threatens to be calamitous.