Music: Teachers:Written question - 213544

Asked by Simon Kirby
(Brighton, Kemptown)
Asked on: 05 November 2014
Department for Education
Music: Teachers
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary schools have at least one trained music teacher; and if she will make a statement.
Answered by: Mr Nick Gibb
Answered on: 17 November 2014

Published figures show there were an estimated total of 7,300 teachers teaching music in publicly funded secondary schools in England in November 2013, of whom 86.7% held a relevant post A-level qualification in music. These figures are correct to within a margin of plus or minus 1.0% (73 teachers).

This national estimate is based on a large sample of secondary schools. Of the schools in that sample, 86% employed at least one teacher of music (on a headcount basis) with a relevant post A-level qualification in music.[1] The estimate excludes self-employed and peripatetic music teachers who have a contract with the school for less than 28 days.

[1] Relevant post A-level qualification includes: a degree in music, a bachelor of education or a post graduate certificate of education (PGCE) or any other qualification recognised at National Qualification Framework level 4 or level 5 in music. A music teacher whose training was outside one of these routes would not count as having a relevant post A-level qualification.

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