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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on local authorities involved in education. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. For material on local authority involvement in other subjects, see the local government page.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
10.11.2016Special Educational Needs: support in England
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the system of support for children and young people in England aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN). The briefing provides an overview of the new system introduced in 2014, the transitional arrangements, and how the new system differs from that which preceded it. It also includes a brief history of the movement towards reform that preceded the 2014 changes, and information on the impact of the new system available to date.
08.11.2016Constituency casework: schools in England
This House of Commons Library briefing provides an introduction and reference guide to the key schools-related topics often raised with Members by constituents.
04.11.2016School meals and nutritional standards (England)
The main recent policy developments regarding school meals, including the revised school food standards and provision of free school meals.
04.11.2016Post-16 Area Reviews
This briefing provides information on the area reviews of post-16 education and training announced by the Government in July 2015.
20.10.2016The Troubled Families programme (England)
The Troubled Families programme works with families with multiple problems, such as unemployment, anti-social behaviour, truancy and mental health problems. It is operated at a local authority level on a payment-by-results model.
16.09.2016Adult further education funding in England since 2010
A summary of how funding for adult further education (including apprenticeships) in England has changed since 2010.
22.06.2016Children: Introduction of 30 hours of free childcare (England)
An extra 15 hours of free childcare will be available across England from September 2017 for eligible 3 and 4 year olds who live in households where either a single parent or both parents work, or otherwise meet the criteria. This paper sets out the details of the policy, and highlights issues regarding its delivery by childcare providers.
26.04.2016Regional Schools Commissioners
This briefing provides information on the role of Regional Schools Commissioners and outlines some of the issues that have been raised since their creation.
10.02.2016The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is conducting an inquiry into the impact of the UK Government's policies on people with disabilities in relation to their human rights obligations. This briefing paper provides information on the Committee, details of the inquiry and an overview of the Government's policies in relation to people with disabilities.
26.11.2015School funding: Pupil Premium
The introduction and development of the Pupil Premium policy since its introduction in 2011

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
07.10.2016Extension of Grammar Schools and Selection in Education
This Lords Library briefing provides information further to the Government's proposals for the extension of grammar schools and selection in education.
15.10.2015Education and Adoption Bill (HL Bill 64 of 2015-16)
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Education and Adoption Bill on 20 October 2015.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
22.09.2015Trends in Compulsory Education
This POSTnote focuses on trends in UK compulsory education and outlines where trends differ between individual nations.
18.12.2013Special Educational Needs
This POSTnote summarises the nature and diversity of special eduational needs (SEN) and discusses the support and outcomes for affected children and their families.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
15.06.2010F40 AND EDUCATION FUNDING
That this House commends the long-running campaign that the F40 group has fought for fairer funding on behalf of the lowest funded education authorities and supports the group's effort ...
07.04.2010CHILDREN, SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES BILL
That this House is deeply disturbed by the actions of Her Majesty's Opposition in failing to support key elements of the Children, Schools and Families Bill which would have delivered ...
20.10.2009HOME EDUCATION (No. 2)
That this House notes with concern the lack of funds available to charitable and third-party organisations assisting in the education of home-schooled children; further notes the additional ...
05.03.2008LEARNING AND SKILLS COUNCIL AND CO-LOCATION OF SHREWSBURY SIXTH FORM COLLEGE AND SHREWSBURY COLLEGE OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY
That this House expresses its consternation at the conduct of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in relation to the co-location of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Shrewsbury College ...
27.02.2008COST OF THE CO-LOCATION OF SHREWSBURY SIXTH FORM COLLEGE AND SHREWSBURY COLLEGE OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY
That this House expresses its concern that 2,084,209 million has been spent so far on architects, traffic consultants, engineers and other specialists' fees for the co-location of ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses