Music Education Cuts

Andrew Craib made this Freedom of Information request to Fife Council

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Dear Fife Council,

I have a number of questions and requests regarding cuts to Music Education in Fife:

1. Please release the definition of 1 FTE in relation to an Instrumental Instructor in Fife.

2. I understand that the initial 25% cuts to the Music Education Budget that were approved in the February 2010 Budget Meeting have now been realised. Please can you release, line by line, the cuts that have been made to contribute to this saving. (E.g. Full Instructor Job - £25,000 etc [names of individuals who have been made redundant / retired are not required]).

3. Some councillors (and the education union EIS) believe that a further 25% cut for financial year 2011/2012 has already been voted on and agreed. Some councillors believe that this cut has not yet been agreed. Please can you confirm which is true.

4. The full piano tuning department has been made redundant. Please can you release details of alternative plans made to ensure that the piano's in Fife Schools are kept in tune and maintained.

5a. Please provide the number of pupils who were receiving music tuition in Fife Schools at the end of school year 2009/2010
5b. Please provide the number of pupils who are currently receiving music tuition in Fife Schools

6. Please release any draft copies of the report on Music Education cuts which was to be presented to the Education Committee Meeting of 19th August, but which has been delayed.

7. The cuts have also resulted in a redistribution of Instrumental Instructors amongst schools. Please can you release the following information:
a. The FTE per Fife Secondary School of Instrumental Instructors at the end of school year 2009/2010
b. The FTE per Fife Secondary School of Instrumental Instructors now
c. Please can you release the size, by school roll, of each Fife Secondary School

8. I understand that a document regarding the future of Fife Youth Music Activities (Fife Youth Orchestra's, Fife Festival of Music etc) has been prepared (probably by John McLaughlin). Please release this document.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Craib

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>>> Andrew Craib <[FOI #45734 email]> 25/08/2010
09:28 >>>
Dear Fife Council,

I have a number of questions and requests regarding cuts to Music
Education in Fife:

1. Please release the definition of 1 FTE in relation to an
Instrumental Instructor in Fife.

2. I understand that the initial 25% cuts to the Music Education
Budget that were approved in the February 2010 Budget Meeting have
now been realised. Please can you release, line by line, the cuts
that have been made to contribute to this saving. (E.g. Full
Instructor Job - £25,000 etc [names of individuals who have been
made redundant / retired are not required]).

3. Some councillors (and the education union EIS) believe that a
further 25% cut for financial year 2011/2012 has already been voted
on and agreed. Some councillors believe that this cut has not yet
been agreed. Please can you confirm which is true.

4. The full piano tuning department has been made redundant. Please
can you release details of alternative plans made to ensure that
the piano's in Fife Schools are kept in tune and maintained.

5a. Please provide the number of pupils who were receiving music
tuition in Fife Schools at the end of school year 2009/2010
5b. Please provide the number of pupils who are currently receiving
music tuition in Fife Schools

6. Please release any draft copies of the report on Music Education
cuts which was to be presented to the Education Committee Meeting
of 19th August, but which has been delayed.

7. The cuts have also resulted in a redistribution of Instrumental
Instructors amongst schools. Please can you release the following
information:
a. The FTE per Fife Secondary School of Instrumental Instructors at
the end of school year 2009/2010
b. The FTE per Fife Secondary School of Instrumental Instructors
now
c. Please can you release the size, by school roll, of each Fife
Secondary School

8. I understand that a document regarding the future of Fife Youth
Music Activities (Fife Youth Orchestra's, Fife Festival of Music
etc) has been prepared (probably by John McLaughlin). Please
release this document.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Craib

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Fiona Elliot, Fife Council

Dear Mr. Craib

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your information request dated 25th August 2010; our reference: 10708. This is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

The Act allows us 20 working days to deal with your request from the date that we received it, but we hope to provide you with the information you are looking for at an earlier date where possible.

Yours sincerely

Fiona Elliot
Project Officer – Education
Fife Council

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Fiona Elliot, Fife Council

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Dear Mr. Craib

Please find attached the response to your Freedom of Information
request, ref: 10708

Regards,

Fiona Elliot
Project Officer
Education
Fife Council

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