30 March 2015
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Music Education Hubs (MEHs) were created to provide access, opportunities and excellence in music education for all children and young people. A total of 123 MEHs were established and started work in 2012. NFER carried out secondary analysis of a survey conducted by Arts Council England in Autumn 2014. The study concludes that hubs appear to be fulfilling their core roles and there are signs of progress since 2012/13, with hubs providing WCET to a larger number of pupils and providing/supporting a larger number and range of ensembles. Hubs have also increased provision for singing. The main issues concern the participation of pupils with SEN in ensembles and the need to help secure progression routes so that children and young people can make good progress with their music-making.
- Hubs worked with most (83.4 per cent) of the state-funded schools in their areas and provided Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) to over half a million pupils in 2013/2014.
- Hubs are addressing the aspiration to provide every child aged 5-18 with the opportunity to learn a musical instrument largely by targeting pupils in primary school. They are reaching 39.7 per cent of pupils in Year 4.
- Just under a third of pupils continued to learn an instrument in 2013/14 after receiving WCET in the previous year.
- Hubs' total income in was £187,822,222, most of which came from the MEH grant and school contributions.