Recent figures released in a letter from Michael Gove to the Stephen Hillier (Chief Executive at the TDA) reveal that only 340 music teachers will be trained in all ITT routes (except Teach First) next year. This is a reduction of c.13% from the 390 trained this year. Precise allocations to individual teacher training providers will be announced this month (still waiting &hellip but this reduction of 13% is very disappointing given the 44% reduction last year. It’s hard to believe that in 2009/10 we trained 690 music teachers; next year we will train just 340 (over a 50% cut). What are the reasons for this cut? Gove’s letter highlights changing demographics and the impact of changes due to Government policy. These cuts confirm, to me at least, that the idea of a postgraduate level qualified teacher of Music will become the exception not the norm in many of schools during the next 3 – 5 years. And by the way, this 13% cut is against a general 5% reduction in secondary teacher training places for next year. What’s your explanation for these cuts?