Music Education

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons am 6:15 pm ar 19 Mawrth 2024.

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Photo of Andrew Lewer Andrew Lewer Ceidwadwyr, Northampton South 6:15, 19 Mawrth 2024

My right hon. and learned Friend and I have both been strong supporters of NMPAT. I visited again recently and wrote about it in the local newspaper. The Department for Education has encouraged flexibility and autonomy in music partnerships. It is better for all schools to be covered and for teacher skills to be utilised. That works, but only if it is done fairly, and the challenge to that fairness has, as he eloquently describes, come through the teachers’ pension scheme. Does he agree that it would be quite wrong for music partnerships not to be able to offer their teachers—those in state schools right across Northamptonshire, for example—the same pensions as their less peripatetic fellow professionals?