Caroline Sharp, Adam Rabiasz
13 October 2016
Music education hubs (MEHs) were created to provide access, opportunities and excellence in music education for all children and young people in England. A total of 123 MEHs were established and started work in 2012. NFER has carried out secondary analysis of a survey conducted by Arts Council England each year since 2013. This report on the 2014/15 school year concludes that MEHs have continued to deliver on their core roles and worked with an increased number of schools and pupils.
- Music education hubs worked with 18,811 schools in 2014/15, representing 86.0 per cent of the state-funded schools in their areas.
- Music education hubs provided Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) to over 631,000 pupils in 2014/15 representing an increase of 42,177 pupils in Years 1-9 since the previous year.
- Over a quarter of pupils who had received WCET in 2013/14 continued to learn an instrument through their MEH partnerships in 2014/15.
- Participation in WCET and ensembles was broadly representative of the population as a whole in terms of ethnic background and deprivation. However, pupils with SEN were considerably under-represented, as were boys.