Impact assessment

Equalities impact assessment for the introduction of 'The importance of music: a national plan for music education': autumn 2011

This impact assessment looks at a policy which aims to equalise the distribution of funding for music education across England and increase the quality of music education.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



The vision of ‘The national plan for music education’ is to enable children from all backgrounds and every part of England to:

  • have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument
  • make music with others
  • learn to sing
  • have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence

As a result the policy should help to improve the equality of music educational opportunities for all pupils, regardless of race, gender, where they live, their levels of musical talent, parental income, whether they have special educational needs or disabilities, and whether they are looked after children.


  • description of the policy
  • the evidence base
  • what the evidence shows: key facts
  • engagement and involvement
  • challenges and opportunities
Published 1 August 2011