Youth Select Committee announces evidence sessions

03 July 2013

The Youth Select Committee will be holding its second oral evidence session on Friday 5 July 2013, as part of its inquiry into the role of the education system and the national curriculum in equipping young people with the skills for later life

At the session the Youth Select Committee will hear from interested parties who submitted evidence following its call for submissions on life skills.

The Committee will be taking evidence from Sharon Hodgson, Shadow Minister for Education, and Lisa Nandy, Shadow Children’s Minister. The Committee will also hear from representatives from the Department for Education, CBI, PFEG (Personal Finance Education Group), and Youth Charter.

In the first evidence session on 28 June, the YSC took evidence from witnesses from organisations including Ofsted, Brook Family Planning Association, PSHE Association, Prince’s Trust. Youth Parliamentarians from Kirklees and Newcastle also gave evidence.

The evidence sessions will be live-streamed on Parliament TV.


Friday 5 July

10.30am - Panel 1

  • Lisa Nandy MP, Shadow Minister for Children
  • Sharon Hodgson MP, Shadow Minister for Education

11.15am - Panel 2

  • Tracey Bleakley, CEO, PFEG  (Personal Finance Education Group)
  • Grace Breen, Policy Adviser, Education and Skills, CBI
  • Rob Wall, Head of Education and Employment, CBI
  • Geoff Thompson, Executive Chairman, Youth Charter

12 midday - Panel 3 

  • Harip Begol, Director of the Curriculum and General Qualifications Reform Group, Department for Education

The evidence session is expected to conclude by 1pm.

Friday 28 June 2013 - morning session

10.30am - Panel 1

  • Liz Moorse, Chair, Democratic Life
  • Harry Walker, Policy and Parliamentary Manager, Brook Family Planning Association

11.30am - Panel 2

  • Janet Palmer HMI - National Adviser for Personal, Social Health and Economics  Education (PSHE education), Ofsted
  • Joe Hayman, CEO, PSHE Association

Friday 28 June 2013 - afternoon session

1.45pm - Panel 3

  • Jamie Brett, Job Ambassador, The Prince’s Trust  and Youth Parliamentarian (YP)
  • Andrew Taggart, YP representing The Found Generation
  • Afsha Munir, Robert Morris, Youth Parliamentarians from Kirklees Youth Council
  • Matthew Otubu Member of Youth Parliament (Newcastle Upon Tyne) 

2.45pm - Panel 4

  • Amanda Crisford Partnership Manager, Hastings Academy
  • Joyce Rochford, Senior Development Officer, Children and Families Department,  Edinburgh City Council.
  • Louisa Thomson, Education Policy Adviser, Association of Teachers & Lecturers

Attending the Youth Select Committee evidence sessions

The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. For meetings in Portcullis House, the entrance is located on Victoria Embankment.

There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. 

It is advisable to allow about 30 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee rooms and the timing of meetings are subject to change.

Those interested in attending the session should check the venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office on 020 7219 4272 on the day before the hearing.

Further information

The Inquiry

The inquiry is looking at the support currently available in schools to develop young people’s 'life skills' such as personal finance, political education and cultural awareness. The inquiry examines issues such as the support currently available for teachers and whether the school education system gets the balance right between academia and 'life skills'.

'A curriculum for Life' was voted as the priority campaign of the UK Youth Parliament at their annual House of Commons debate in November 2012.

The Youth Select Committee

The Youth Select Committee is a British Youth Council initiative, supported by the House of Commons. The eleven committee members are aged 15-18 and include two Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs), two youth councillors, the Young Mayor of Bristol, one elected representative from each of the devolved nations and three reserved seats for groups who may be otherwise under-represented.

The Youth Select Committee mirrors the UK Parliament Select Committee structure and gives young people the opportunity to scrutinise and hold enquiries into topics of importance to them.

The Youth Select Committee has received induction training and mentoring from Parliamentary Clerks and British Youth Council staff.

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