Sports and music education supported by new investments
Children across the country will be supported to find and develop their passions through increased opportunities to study music, learn instruments and engage in sports and activities thanks to a multi-million pound investment in the sports and music education.
The government’s announcement today (25 June) builds on the school’s White Paper commitment to provide all children with an enriching school curriculum, helping to improve their opportunities as well as their outcomes school.
As part of this, tens of thousands of pupils will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, thanks to new capital funding worth £25 million enabling schools to purchase musical instruments and equipment. This will include suitable instruments for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), so that every student has the opportunity to develop a love for music.
Schools will also be asked to offer at least one hour of music programming 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 an additional £79 million will also be made available each year until 2025 for the Music Hubs scheme.
Other opportunities for students to be active and stay healthy will also be available through EP and Sport Premium. £320million will be given to schools in 2022/23 to give more children access to high quality physical education lessons and sporting opportunities, supporting both their physical and mental wellbeing . £11million will also support the continuation of the School Games program to give particularly passionate and talented young people the opportunity to take part in competitive sport.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said:
I want every child to have the opportunity to develop a love of music and sport, so they can explore their passions and fulfill their potential.
That is why I am delighted that we are updating our National Plan for Music Education and providing students with approximately 200,000 new musical instruments.
PE and Sport Premium will continue to support schools and I hope that upcoming events like the Women’s Euros and the Commonwealth Games will inspire more young people to get active.
These opportunities will give thousands more students access to a challenging and rewarding program that not only supports them academically, but also supports their physical and mental well-being.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:
Every young person has the potential to succeed, whether they’re destined to be the next Sam Ryder, Leah Williamson or simply inspired to have a lifelong love for music and sport.
We want to make sure that every child, no matter where they grow up or where they go to school, has the tools they need to achieve their ambitions.
Under the updated National Plan for Music Education guidelines, each school will be required to have a designated music officer or head of department. The plan also sets the ambition for each student to have at least one hour per week of high quality music instruction in Milestones 1-3. It will also provide teachers and young people with advice on how to progress in a music career.
The guidance is accompanied by additional initiatives in the National Plan for Music Education aimed at further developing the teaching of instruments and music, including a pilot project to improve musical progression in disadvantaged areas and the deployment of an inclusion strategy in each music hub area so that all children and young people can benefit from quality music education.
UK Music Managing Director Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said:
Music is a national asset that brings billions to the economy, improves our health and well-being, and strengthens our global reputation – and it’s all underpinned by a strong talent pool. A thorough musical education also brings enormous benefits to children, whatever they do later in life, and it is in our national interest to have a music literate society.
The new national plan for music education and the capital investment commitment are welcome. Music can transform lives. It is therefore vital that musical education does not become the prerogative of a privileged few and is accessible to all, whatever their origin. Continued investment in music education is essential if we are to unlock the enormous creative potential of young people and increase opportunities across the country.
BPI, BRIT Awards and Mercury Prize Managing Director Geoff Taylor said:
We welcome the Government’s renewed focus on music education, which will support the future of Britain’s leading music sector. We know from our experience with the BRIT School that music can play a vital role in nurturing young people’s creativity, teaching them life skills and, most importantly, promoting well-being.
We are therefore delighted to see new investments to provide musical instruments and equipment to schools. Our industry will continue to support a wide range of education programs to ensure the skills learned in the classroom can help young people thrive in our diverse and growing sector. We will carefully review the details of the plan and work collaboratively with government and education partners to maximize its impact.
To further stimulate children’s engagement in sport inside and outside of school, the School Games program aims to develop sporting talents at an early age. Several 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 School 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 working 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 worthy of the future. The Youth Sport Trust works to integrate play, physical activity and school sport into the lives of children, helping them to balance the demands of the digital age and create societal change when it comes to place and value of physical education and school sport. Today’s announcement is a positive first step in that direction.
The PE and Sport Premium and School Games program supports the Government’s commitment to ensuring 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, £10million is helping schools open sports and swimming facilities. The Department of Education has already provided phase one and two funding of this initiative to schools and is currently in the process of recruiting a national delivery partner to allocate additional funding and guidance to schools during the next phase of the initiative. program.
Public Health Minister Maggie Throup said:
Improving the nation’s health, tackling disparities and giving every child the best start in life – no matter where they come from – is a top priority for the government.
This major investment means children will have access to more high-quality physical education classes and the chance to try out different sports.
Being physically active in childhood is essential 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 financed by both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and Social Action.
The Government’s commitment to ensuring that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity per day is included in the sport and school activities action plan.
Non-statutory guidance for schools on delivering an ambitious and far-reaching music curriculum is set out in the Music Curriculum Model for Key Stages 1-3.
We have estimated that £25m will give children access to around 200,000 new instruments assuming a musical instrument costs £100. This would build on the existing stock of musical instruments and equipment.
The UK’s Chief Medical Officer’s Physical Activity Guidelines are here and the UK’s Chief Medical Officer’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Young People with Disabilities are here.