Children deserve music!


Last week, Bacc for the Future, the campaign fighting the English Baccalaureate that the MIA continues to support, announced that creative subject entries have taken another hit.

Entries for arts GCSE’s in England for 2018 have plummeted by a further 51,000, taking the total fall in entries to almost 150,000 over the past five years.

New data, just published by Ofqual, and analysed by Arts Professional show that since 2014 ‘arts subjects have seen a 25.6% fall in entries’ whilst over the same period, total GCSE entries have grown by 3.4%.

These figures put to rest the Department for Education’s (DfE) claim that ‘the percentage of pupils taking arts GCSEs has remained stable,’ with Arts Professional now reporting that just 1 in 12 of all GCSEs taken, compared with around 1 in 8 five years ago.

There can be no doubt that the EBacc is having a harmful impact on the uptake of creative subjects in schools and closing down opportunities for all but the most privileged.

We recently read a really touching and important article in inews, about 38-year-old blind and autistic pianist, Derek Paravinci, who is dubbed “the human iPod”.

As inews says: “Music has been his salvation. It has also provided his education, his therapy and his liberation from a life locked in his own world.”

In this article Derek highlights why music lesson need to be saved, especially for people with learning difficulties.

Derek’s’ long-term teacher Adam Ockelford says “For kids with learning difficulties, music and arts are the basics. They may not be able to read and write, and some can’t speak… But they can probably communicate through music.”

Derek and his teacher Adam did a TED talk together which has been watched more than two million times. You can watch it here.

Stories like Derek’s are the reason that The MIA strongly believes in the importance of children retaining curriculum-based music as part of the school day.

Read the full article in inews here:

For more on the ‘Bacc for the Future’ campaign:

Here are some graphs published by Arts Professional which visually show the decline in entries for arts subjects: