Brentwood teacher slams Government’s music cuts

The deputy head teacher of Shenfield High School has written of the “disgusting and disastrous” move by the Government to impose a 50 per cent funding cut to arts subjects at higher education level in England – including music.

The Musicians’ Union has branded the proposed funding cut for music provision at higher education level as “catastrophic”. It added that the move would affect the work of its members, as well as the “financial viability of music courses, and training for the next generation of musicians and music professionals”.

Among the proposed recurrent grant budgets for the academic year 2021/22, the Government plans to reduce the money allocated for higher education establishments for performing arts, creative arts, media studies and archaeology from £36 million to £19 million.

These are among the subjects not considered a “strategic priority” for the government.

Jonathan Sands, deputy headteacher at Shenfield High School, and a Royal Opera House Learning and Participation Committee Member, responded on Twitter to a Musicians’ Union article which had expressed its opposition to the Government plans.

Mr Sands wrote: “This is a disgusting and disastrous move by your Government.

“You’ve already cut numbers studying the arts through the EBaac [and] now this. Your ‘priorities’ are out of touch and simply wrong.

“Enough of this nonsense!”

The Department for Education has been approached for comment.

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter