I am a PE teacher and we have some real struggles to have students excused from curriculum time if, for example, they have qualified for county finals in a sport, having attended after-school practices and matches for 6 months previously. However, it is deemed quite acceptable for students to miss curriculum lessons in any subject for a whole year to attend instrumental lessons for which there is no further exit route - eg school orchestra, assembly performances, community music activities. Whilst I fully support the students having the opportunity to learn an instrument, I resent the differing standards between music and PE/albeit sport. I'm really interested to know if there are many schools which offer instrumental lessons with no exit routes? I'm quietly confident that if I, as a PE teacher, was to take students out of other curriculum lessons each week to develop, for example, their volleyball skills - and I work in a school where we choose not to offer volleyball in the curriculum and there are no community exit routes - that this would not be allowed. If there is an exit route, then I don't take issue with it. But I do have an issue with double standards for music and PE. I'm curious as to what music specialists think about this as I appreciate I may have a slightly one-dimensional view in this?!!