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The power of music in education

Art, Drama & Music
Despite the pressures of the English Baccalaureate, Stretford High School has invested in its music provision. Head James Haseldine explains why.

Late last year, Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate, voiced concerns about the possibility of the arts being pushed to the margin of the curriculum with the introduction of the English Baccalaureate.

At Stretford High School, in addition to encouraging our students to achieve academic excellence, we have also made it our mission to ensure we provide young people with opportunities to discover their own talent and creativity. 

For us, an essential aspect of this is giving all our students access to the benefits that a musical education can bring. We have found that these benefits stretch far beyond purely developing musical skills, to improvements in behaviour, confidence and self-esteem. This is why we have chosen to invest in our music provision, even at a time when it is tempting to direct funding elsewhere.

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