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Department for Education

The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including early years, schools, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.

Read our summary of The Department for Education’s strategy for sustainability and climate change for the education and children’s services systems.

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Following the publication of the English National Plan for Music Education in June 2022, the Music Hub Investment Programme (administered by Arts Council England) gave organisations the opportunity to apply to become a Hub Lead Organisation from September 2024. We collated resources relating to the Investment Programme here.

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In this resource we have compiled resources and additional information relating to the National Plan for Music Education 2022: The Power of Music to Change Lives.

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The Department for Education’s 2021 Model Music Curriculum (MMC) supports curriculum music in schools during Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. The curriculum development was teacher led, with input from leading musicians and education sector bodies.

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The programmes of study set out the minimum requirements for music as a starting point for schools developing innovative provision to meet the needs of their pupils.

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The programmes of study set out the minimum requirements for music as a starting point for schools developing innovative provision to meet the needs of their pupils.

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A professional development standard and guidance for teachers produced by the Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group.

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This publication outlines the aims of the national plan for music education and how the initiatives set out by the plan will effect schools, Local Authorities and private music teachers.

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