Figures published today – GCSE results day – by the Joint Council of Qualifications show a 7.7% decline in the uptake of GCSE music.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, said: ‘I would like to congratulate students on their hard work and achievements in GCSE music this year. We are however concerned by a worrying trend in which the uptake of music at GCSE continues to decline. With the Department for Education determined to press on with their deeply damaging English Baccalaureate (EBacc) proposals (despite widespread concerns from industry and Higher Education) then this year on year decline is only likely to continue. This should be a wake-up call to Government that their EBacc plans need to be rethought, before any more damage is done.’


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