Speaking about the Welsh Government announcement to give £6.82 million to support music and arts education, Mary van den Heuvel, Senior Policy Officer for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“NEU Cymru members will be heartened to see the Welsh Government investing in music and arts education in schools. Our members are clear - in "The Land of Song", every child should have a right to music education. Music education should not only be available to those who can afford it.

"Creative arts education should also be open to everyone, and creative activities may help our more disadvantaged learners to access the curriculum. We know that creative activities can help support young people and their wellbeing.

“We look forward to learning more about how this money will be used to support children and young people with access to arts and music education, and to support the education workforce in helping children access a 'gold standard' service.”

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The National Education Union is an amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT), formed on 1 September 2017. Please see the below contact details for assistance:

Contact: Mary van den Heuvel, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 2049 1818.

e-mail: mary.vandenheuvel@neu.org.uk

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