Inspectors have reported “wide differences" in the quality and quantity of music education, and said that in some cases there was simply “not enough music in music lessons".
Music in Schools, published this week by Ofsted, found that out of the 90 primary schools visited, just over a third – 33 – were rated as good or outstanding for their overall music provision.
The three-year study said that in too many music lessons, there was insufficient emphasis placed on “active music-making" with too many written exercises or too much talking.
The report also claimed that while most schools recognised the importance of promoting a diverse range of musical styles, far fewer struggled to show a clear understanding of “how students should make good musical progress".
Register now, read forever
Thank you for visiting Headteacher Update and reading some of our content for professionals in primary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.
Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcasts
New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday
Already have an account? Sign in here