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A-Level results show 'deep concerns' about uptake of music lessons

Laura  Barnes
A-Level results show 'deep concerns' about uptake of music lessons

This week, A-level and AS level results were released for schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. But while students celebrated their achievements, the results from the Joint Council of Qualifications revealed some worrying statistics about the uptake of creative subjects, including music.

The results show a 10% decline in the uptake of A-level music between 2016 and 2017, and close to 20% decline in the uptake of music technology at A-level.

“Many congratulations to students on their hard work and achievements in AS and A-level music this year. We are however deeply concerned by the continuing decline in uptake of music at A-level. With the Department for Education determined to pursue with the EBacc despite evidence, which shows how damaging it has been to creative subjects in schools, this trend is only likely to get worse,” said Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign.

The Bacc for the Future campaign has the support of over 200 creative, business and industry organisations and over 100,000 individual supporters. It believes that the EBacc is ‘damaging the quality of the education offered to pupils in England’ and ‘harming the uptake of non-EBacc subjects’, most notably creative, artistic and technical subjects.
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“The English Baccalaureate, as revealed in the Government’s own figures and numerous studies and academic research, has had a devastating impact on arts subjects in our secondary schools. These new figures further demonstrate the decline at a time when now more than ever we need creative subjects in our schools,” said Annetts.

“The creative industries contribute a staggering £90 billion a year to the UK and their continued success rely upon the talents and skills coming through our schools. This should be a wake-up call to Government that their EBacc plans need to be rethought, before any more damage is done.”

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