Re: It's official...you don't need to read music
I did Music GCSE, earned an A (my grade got reduced because one guy in my class cheated) without being able to read music fluently. Most musicians can't read music; that doesn't mean that it's not important, but it's not always strictly relevant. I'm going off to University soon to do a BA in Music Technology; I will have to learn theory there and if I want to go into strict music production then it might be necessary, but that doesn't mean that the best musicians necessarily read music.
The syllabus for GCSE Music is actually pretty good. It's a well balanced and most importantly, enjoyable course if taught well. If you can capture a student's imagination; that's the first step towards success in any field.