Education Bill Committee announce programme

01 March 2011

The Education Bill Committee will hear oral evidence on Tuesday 1 March and Thursday 3 March.

The Committee will then consider the Bill every Tuesday and Thursday from that point concluding on Tuesday 5 April.

Programme and witnesses

Tuesday 1 March

In the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

at 10.30am

Independent Academies Association, Harris Federation, Cuckoo Hall Academy and the Richard Rose Federation of Academies

at 11.45am

Association of Schools and College Leaders and the NAHT

at 12.15pm

Local Government Association, Association of Directors Children’s Services and David Smellie, Partner, Farrer & Co Law Firm

at 4pm

Mossbourne Community Academy, Burlington Danes Academy, Beaumont Leys School, National Governors’ Association and Sir Alan Steer, Author of the Steer Review of Pupil Behaviour

at 5pm

NASUWT, Association of Teachers and Lecturers, National Union of Teachers and Unison

at 6pm


at 6.20pm


at 6.50pm

National Children’s Bureau, Special Education Consortium and Children’s Commissioner for England

Thursday 3 March

In the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

at 9am

Association of Learning Providers, 157 Group, Sixth Form Colleges’ Forum, Association of Colleges and Sir Mike Tomlinson, Author of the Tomlinson Enquiry

at 10am

Young People’s Learning Agency

at 1pm

Million+ and Universities UK and 1994 Group

at 1.30pm

University Alliance and National Union of Students

at 2.30pm

Birkbeck College University of London, Open University and Mixed Economy Group

at 3.15pm

Construction Skills and UK Commission for Employment and Skills

Line by line scrutiny of the Bill

Committee Room 9, Palace of Westminster

Tuesday 8 March 10.30am and 4.00pm
Thursday 10 March 9.00am and 1.00pm
Tuesday 15 March 10.30am and 4.00pm
Thursday 17 March 9.00am and 1.00pm
Tuesday 22 March 10.30am and 4.00pm
Thursday 24 March 9.00am and 1.00pm
Tuesday 29 March 10.30am and 4.00pm
Thursday 31 March 9.00am and 1.00pm
Tuesday 5 April 10.30am and 4.00pm

The Committee must complete consideration of the Bill no later than 7pm on Tuesday 5 April.

These sessions will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms.

It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Timings and room numbers are subject to change.

Further Information

The Scrutiny Unit can help with any queries about oral evidence.

Key areas of the Bill

The Bill provides for the introduction of targeted free early years care for children under compulsory school age.

  • makes changes to provisions on school discipline and places restrictions on the public reporting of allegations made against teachers
  • abolishes five quangos: the General Teaching Council for England, the Training and Development Agency for Schools, the School Support Staff Negotiating Body, the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency and the Young Person’s Learning Agency and gives new powers to the Secretary of State as a consequence of some of these changes
  • removes certain duties on school governing bodies, local authorities and further education institutions, including the duty on local authorities to appoint school improvement partners
  • makes changes to the arrangements for setting up new schools, and amends the Academies Act 2010 to make provision for 16 to 19 academies and alternative provision academies
  • includes measures relating to school admissions, school meals, composition of school governing bodies, school inspection, school finance and permitted charges.

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