THE GOVERNMENT VERSUS OFSTED DEBATE
The contradiction between the government decision to cut funding for arts courses, including music, in higher education and the recent Ofsted music review is glaring. 50% cuts to arts HE funding contrast with Ofsted comments that ‘Music touches the very heart of our humanity… - becoming more musical [is a] wonderful thing… and needs no further justification. And that ‘The fruits of England’s musical culture, in both community and commercial terms, are plentiful.’ What is going on?
The letter from Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, explaining and defending the cuts stated that “These changes will help ensure that increased grant funding is directed towards high-cost provision that supports key industries and the delivery of vital public services, reflecting priorities that have emerged in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.” This is a logical follow on from the government policy that established an English Baccalaureate that preferenced science (and humanities) over creative subjects, an issue explored in a previous Arts People blog. The government sees a competitive technological future in which it is