Westminster Education Forum

The future for music education in England - maintaining standards, music hubs and career pathways

July 2017

This timely conference examined the future for music education in England.

Delegates discussed priorities for Music Education Hubs going forward following the confirmation of their continued government funding until 2020 - assessing how effectively they have coordinated the multiple elements of music education since their introduction in 2012, issues affecting their financial sustainability going forward, and identifying practice by alternative providers - in addition to highlighting examples of best practice in their implementation.

In the context of music not being an EBacc subject and an increase in teaching by non-specialist staff, delegates also considered priorities for accountability and Ofsted, what can be done to maintain standards and ensure the delivery of a well-rounded music education at primary and secondary level, how pupil uptake can be increased, and ways in which teacher workload can be managed.

Further sessions assessed how well existing pathways through music education are serving the needs of today’s students, steps that can be taken to increase the involvement of the music industry in education and how accessibility to music education can be widened.


Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Education Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates