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Cultural education gets funding boost

27/01/2015 Kelly
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has unveiled a £109 million fund to support children's cultural education programmes.

The extra investment is to be made in children’s music, filmmaking, dance and local heritage activities during the 2015-16 financial year.

Over £4 million of this funding is to be distributed to several organisations that support cultural programmes for youngsters, including BFI film academy, National Youth Dance Company, and Sorrell Foundation's Art and Design Saturday clubs.

The money will enable thousands more pupils to develop their confidence and talents in a range of subjects while encouraging them to develop personal interests through visits to museums and learning about local heritage.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan said: "Whether it is the dedication and perseverance it takes to learn an instrument, or the confidence and self-expression which they may find on the stage, this funding will ensure every child receives a truly rounded education that gives them an appreciation of Britain's cultural heritage and prepares them for life in modern Britain."

Some £75 million of funding has been pledged to music hubs in the 2015 to 2016 financial year, with the aim of ensuring all children have access to good music lessons and the opportunity to learn to play an instrument.

This year, an additional £1.1 million is to be made available to support education through six In Harmony programmes, along with National Youth Music organisations such as the National Youth Orchestra and Music for Youth's School Proms.

Exceptionally talented young singers and dancers are to benefit from extra funding through the Music and Dance scheme, which is to receive £29 million.

The government has reformed the national curriculum for music to ensure all children are able to enjoy high-quality teaching. Changes were introduced from September 2014 to make the subject more rigorous.

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