About the APPG

An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is a group of parliamentarians, from all parties and from both Houses, formed to discuss a subject in which members have a common interest and enthusiasm.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education is co-chaired by Nic Dakin MP and Andrea Jenkyns MP and it aims to maintain a dialogue between the education sector and Parliament to support improvements to the education system. The Group has taken interest in the vast changes being introduced across the education sphere. In the last Parliament, the Group hosted Nick Gibb MP for a discussion of the usefulness of the term ‘coasting schools’, heard from Sir Michael Wilshaw, examined the effectiveness of STEM education and early years provision, and investigated the impact of the classroom environment on academic attainment.

The Group recently completed an inquiry into how well schools prepare children for their future careers, with a particular focus on readiness from the workforce. The Group received written evidence from a wide range of stakeholders from business and the education sphere and held three round table discussions on knowledge and skills; careers provision; and STEM education. The report was launched on 2 May. The final report can be found here and more information about the inquiry is available here.

This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these webpages are those of the Group.

View the official register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups.

Officers of the APPG

View the officers of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education.


The Secretariat of the APPG for Education is provided by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA).

Meeting with Ofsted’s Director of Education, Sean Harford

On Monday 18th December, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education hosted Sean Harford HMI, National Director, Education at Ofsted, who presented an overview of their work from the last 12 months, including a summary of their 2017 annual report. Nic Dakin MP, co-chair of the APPG, opened the floor, and introduced Sean Harford. Sean gave …

Read more

Upcoming APPG for Education meeting with Sean Harford

On the afternoon of Monday 18 December, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education will be addressed by the National Director of Education, Sean Harford. Mr Harford was appointed to his role in September 2015, having also previously been appointed Her Majesty’s Inspector in 2003. Prior to joining Ofsted, he had a distinguished career as a …

Read more

APPG for Education elects new officers

The APPG met on Monday 17th July to elect the officers of the group and discuss areas for discussion over the course of the next parliament. The following were unanimously elected as officers of the APPG: Co-Chairs: Nic Dakin MP and Andrea Jenkyns MP Vice-Chairs: Lord Storey and Emma Hardy MP The new group briefly discussed the …

Read more

Reformation of the APPG

On the afternoon of Monday 17 July, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education will be holding a short meeting to elect the Chairs and Officers for this Parliament. The MPs and peers will also discuss potential topics for the future attention of the APPG. Once this formal session has concluded, we will be able to …

Read more

Meeting on the Financial Efficacy of MATs

On Thursday 12th January, the APPG for Education hosted Jason Gould from The Education Company, to present his research on the financial efficacy of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs). Danny Kinahan MP opened the floor, and introduced Caroline Wright, Director General of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), who gave a brief background on the importance of …

Read more

APPG for Education hosts third inquiry roundtable

On 22nd November 2016, the APPG for Education hosted the third and final discussion in a series of roundtable events as part of its inquiry in to how well British schools are preparing young people for their future careers. The roundtable focused on what is required to increase the uptake of Science, Technology, Engineering and …

Read more