Wales’s largest education union is concerned that Wales is the only UK country that does not have a national plan for Music. The National Education Union Cymru understands that music education and instrumental expertise are becoming elitist and available only to those who can afford it and that this is not fair or right.
David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said:
“Creativity is at the heart of the plans for the new Curriculum, so members’ concerns about music in schools needs to be taken seriously.
“We’ll be seeking to work with our partners to highlight the plight of music education, and asking Welsh Government to prepare a costed plan, to ensure that it benefits all young people in Wales and that our proud musical history is not lost.”
The text of the motion to conference on this issue was as follows:
Motion 11. Music
Conference Cymru wishes to express concern that Wales is the only UK country that does not have a national plan for Music.
In what is called “The Land of Song” this is an appalling situation. Music education, instrumental expertise – these are becoming the domain of those with money and an elitist realm that is not fair or right.
Conference Cymru instructs the Executive with NEU Cymru to campaign, negotiate and discuss with Welsh Government how such a plan should be prepared, costed and implemented to benefit all young people in Wales.
Conference Cymru further instructs the Executive to work with all interested parties to ensure that our rich heritage of music does not become a thing of the past.
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“And to this end, Conference Cymru also instructs the Executive to lobby:
- Welsh Government to increase funding to LAs for music services provision.
- Local Authorities to ring fence increased funding for LA music services.
- Welsh Government to fund a right to buy/loan scheme for instruments to enable all students to have permanent access to an instrument in order to then access music services tuition.
- To establish a 'gold standard' that all counties are measured by - and that are published - that indicate the quality of provision (standards, funding and inclusivity).”
- David Evans, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ. Tel: 029 20491818. Mob: 07815 071164. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mary van den Heuvel, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ. Tel: 029 20491818. Email: Mary.VandenHeuvel@neu.org.uk