Children across the country will be supported to find and develop their passions through increased opportunities to study music, learn instruments, and participate in sports and activities thanks to a multi-million dollar investment in sports and music education.
The announcement made by the government today (25 June) builds on the School White Paper’s commitment to providing all children with an enriching school curriculum, helping to improve their educational opportunities and outcomes.
As part of this, tens of thousands of students will have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, thanks to new £25m equity funding for schools to buy musical instruments and equipment. This will include instruments adapted for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), so that every student has the opportunity to develop a love of music.
Schools will also be asked to offer at least one hour of music curriculum per week as part of the launch of a new National Plan for Music Education. Music has been shown to not only help children develop their creativity, but also their cognitive development, which is why a further £79m each year until 2025 will also be made available for the Music Hubs programme.
There will also be more opportunities for students to stay active and healthy through PE and Sport Premium. £320 million will be given to schools in 2022/23 to give more children access to high-quality physical education lessons and sports opportunities, supporting their physical and mental well-being. £11m will also support the continuation of the School Games program to give particularly passionate and talented youngsters the opportunity to take part in competitive sports.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said:
I want all children to have the opportunity to develop a love of music and sports, so they can explore their passions and reach their potential.
That is why I am delighted that we are updating our National Plan for Music Education, as well as providing students with around 200,000 new musical instruments.
PE and Sport Premium will continue to support schools and I hope that upcoming events such as the Women’s Euro and the Commonwealth Games will inspire more young people to get active.
These opportunities will give thousands more students access to an ambitious and enriching curriculum that not only supports them academically, but also supports their physical and mental well-being.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:
All young people have the potential to succeed, whether they are destined to be the next Sam Ryder, Leah Williamson, or simply inspired to have a lifelong love of music and sports.
We want to make sure that every child, no matter where they grow up or what school they go to, has the tools they need to achieve their ambitions.
As part of the updated guidance in the National Plan for Music Education, each school is expected to have a designated music director or department head. The plan also sets out the ambition for every student to have at least one hour a week of high-quality music education in key stages 1-3. It will also provide guidance to teachers and youth on how to progress in a music career.
The guide comes alongside additional initiatives in the National Plan for Music Education to further develop instrument and music teaching, including a pilot to improve musical progression in disadvantaged areas and the launch of an inclusion strategy in each center area. of music so that all children and young people can benefit from high-quality music education.
UK Music CEO Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said:
Music is a national asset that contributes billions to the economy, improves our health and well-being, and boosts our global reputation, all of which depends on a strong pipeline of talent. A well-rounded music education also brings enormous benefits to children, regardless of what they do later in life, and it is in our national interest to have a musically literate society.
The new National Plan for Music Education and the capital investment commitment are very welcome. Music can transform lives, so it is vital that music education does not become the preserve of a privileged few and is available to all, regardless of their background. Continued investment in music education is vital if we are to unlock the enormous creative potential of young people and improve opportunities across the country.
Executive Director of the BPI, BRIT Awards and Mercury Prize Geoff Taylor said:
We welcome the government’s renewed focus on music education, which will support the future of the UK’s world-leading music sector. We know from our experience with The BRIT School that music can play an essential role in developing young people’s creativity, teaching them life skills and, most importantly, promoting well-being.
Therefore, we are delighted to see new investments to provide musical instruments and equipment to schools. Our industry will continue to support a wide range of educational programs to ensure skills learned in the classroom can help young people thrive in our diverse and growing industry. We will closely examine the details of the plan and work collaboratively with government and educational partners to maximize its impact.
To further encourage children’s engagement in sport both in and out of school, the Games for Schools program aims to develop sporting talent at an early age. Multiple Olympians have started their careers in the program, with 29 School Games alumni winning medals at the Tokyo Olympics.
Youth Sport Trust CEO Ali Oliver MBE said:
At the end of a truly successful National Schools Sport Week, we welcome the confirmation of this funding for primary schools across England, it is urgently needed and we know schools will be relieved to be able to confirm arrangements for September. We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who work in and with schools who have kept the momentum going, keeping kids active and schools moving.
Unhappy and unhealthy children do not learn, if children do not learn we will not have a society fit for the future. The Youth Sport Trust is working to rebuild play, physical activity and school sport in children’s lives, helping them balance the demands of a digital age and create social change when it comes to the place and value of education. physical and school sports. Today’s announcement is a positive first step towards this.
The Physical Education and Sport Premium and School Games programs support the government’s commitment to ensure that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes, or 20 minutes for children with disabilities, of physical activity per day. Building on this commitment, £10 million is supporting schools to open swimming and sports facilities. The Department for Education has already provided funding from phase one and two of this initiative to schools and is currently looking for a national delivery partner to allocate more funding and advice to schools during the next phase of the programme.
Public Health Minister Maggie Throup said:
Improving the nation’s health, addressing disparities and giving every child the healthiest start in life, no matter where they are from, is a top priority for the government.
This large investment means that children will have access to more high-quality physical education lessons and opportunities to try out different sports.
Being physically active in childhood is vital for long-term health and well-being, and this funding will help children enjoy a more physical life.
The physical education and sport premium is funded by both the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Social Care.
The Government’s commitment to ensure that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day is set out in the school sport and activity action plan.
In the Music Curriculum Model for Key Stages 1 to 3, non-statutory guidance is set out for schools on how to provide an ambitious and wide-ranging music curriculum.
We have estimated that £25 million will give children access to approximately 200,000 new instruments, assuming a musical instrument costs £100. This would be based on the existing stock of musical instruments and equipment.
The UK Medical Director Physical Activity Guidelines are here and the UK Medical Director Physical Activity Guidelines for disabled children and disabled young people are here.