Members of the Lords, including the a former trustee of the National Literacy Trust and the chair of the Strategy Board at the Institute of Effective Education, debated the contribution made by free schools to improving educational standards, in the House of Lords on Thursday 10 January.
This was a general debate. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.
This debate took place in the Moses Room, a room outside the Lords chamber used to host extra work. Any member can attend and participate, as with debates in the Lords chamber.
The debate was proposed by Lord Nash (Conservative), director of Future Academies educational charity and multi-academy trust.
Members taking part included:
- Earl of Listowel (Crossbench), officer of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Teaching Profession
- Lord Hill of Oareford (Conservative), former trustee of the National Literacy Trust
- Baroness Morris of Yardley (Labour), former teacher and chair of the Strategy Board at the Institute of Effective Education, University of York
- Lord Storey (Liberal Democrat), former primary school headteacher and Lords Liberal Democrat spokesperson for education
Lord Agnew of Oulton (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Department for Education, responded on behalf of the government.