Date lodged: 3 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will confirm the difference between classroom music lessons and instrumental music tuition in terms of what local authorities can charge for in schools.
Answered by: John Swinney 18 October 2016
It is the duty of every education authority to provide adequate and efficient provision of school education without payment of fees. This covers class music lessons, including when any instrument is taught on a whole class basis, regardless of who is teaching the class. By contrast, an education authority may charge fees for the provision of an extra-curricular activity that it is not obliged to provide as an entitlement. Local authorities around Scotland adopt a wide range of approaches to providing optional extra-curricular instrumental music tuition, some of which involve making charges to help cover the costs involved.