Below is an extract from an Ofsted report on the teaching of music in primary schools, published in February 2009:
A major concern was the amount of time given to music. There were examples of music ceasing during Year 6 to provide more time for English and mathematics. While there is no statutory requirement for subjects to be taught in every year, stopping music severely curtailed pupils’ progress. They need continued development to make the most of their opportunities when they join the secondary school. Pupils in these primary schools were also very disappointed that they did not have music lessons in Year 6.
The full report is available here: