Music education: call for evidence

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Closes 13 Mar 2020


The Department for Education is seeking views on music education, to inform its proposals for the refresh of the National Plan for Music Education.

Who this is for

  • Parents and carers
  • Young people
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Further Education (FE) and sixth-form colleges
  • School and college staff, including governors
  • National and local voluntary and community organisations providing musical activities for children and young people
  • Music education hubs and other music services
  • Musicians
  • Employers in the music industry
  • Other educational professionals including academics and researchers

Issue date

The consultation was issued on 9 February 2020.


If your enquiry is related to the policy content of the call for evidence you can contact the DfE music policy team

by email:

If your enquiry is related to the DfE e-consultation website or the consultation process in general, you can contact the DfE Ministerial and Public Communications Division by email: or by telephone: 0370 000 2288 or via the DfE Contact us page.

Additional copies

Additional copies are available electronically and can be downloaded from GOV.UK DfE consultations.

The response

This call for evidence closes at 11.59pm on 13 March 2020. The results of the call for evidence and the Department’s response will be published on GOV.UK later in 2020.

Confidentiality of your responses

Information provided in response to this call for evidence, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 2018 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

If you want all, or any part, of a response to be treated as confidential, please explain why you consider it to be confidential.

If a request for disclosure of the information you have provided is received, your explanation about why you consider it confidential will be taken into account, but no assurance can be given that confidentiality can be maintained. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the Department.

The Department for Education will process your personal data (name and address and any other identifying material) in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and, your personal information will only be used for the purposes of this call for evidence. Your information will not be shared with third parties unless the law allows it.

You can read more about what the DfE does when we ask for and hold your personal information in our personal information charter.