At the end of the last academic year, Essex schools bucked the national trend for GCSE Music entries with a small increase in the numbers submitted for the exam, compared to the previous year. This is the third year in a row that Essex has reported an increase as a county, against a national picture which shows a trend in the opposite direction.

The results reported in August this year, were also an improvement on the previous years results, with more students gaining higher grades than in previous years. Secondary schools have been reporting the benefits of using Focus on Sound through Essex Music Education Hub to provide regular listening exercises for homework that directly link to the GCSE areas of study.

There was also a significant increase in the number of BTEC submissions during the last academic year, and the use of VIP Studio through Essex Music Education Hub has been instrumental in many centres to support the delivery of this course.

Many congratulations to all students who achieved their GCSE music results in August and to all the teaching staff who supported any student studying a music course.