Nov 14 2017

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 teacher and senior leader in a school in the East of England.

With a new Chief Inspector in place, we look forward to hearing an update on Ofsted’s perspective on the national curriculum and other plans to enhance educational attainment and social mobility. While the new Parliament is yet to signal any major adjustments in education policy, Ofsted has identified some areas for improvement. The Group will have an opportunity to hear Mr Harford’s thoughts on the national curriculum and ‘teaching to the test’, as well as the narrowing of courses for lower-attaining pupils. Following recent announcements from Justine Greening on the subject, the Group will also be able to discuss with Mr Harford the national funding formula reforms.

For further details about the meeting or if you would like to attend, please contact Anna Wolffe by email at [email protected] or by phone on 020 3642 2754.

Jul 19 2017

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 successes of last Parliament’s Education APPG, including the comprehensive inquiry into career progression for young people.

A variety of issues were raised for inclusion in the upcoming agenda and future work of the group, with a full programme to be released in due course. Topics included primary assessment, teacher retention and training, mental health provision in schools, home school tuition, role of school governors and school funding.  Now that the APPG has been successfully formed, the members are looking forward to continuing their work scrutinising the issues surrounding education provision in the UK over the course of the next Parliament.

The meeting was adjourned at 4.00pm and the Secretariat agree to circulate a copy of How well do schools prepare children for their future report with the minutes of the meeting.

Please click here to see biographies of the officers of the reformed group.

Jul 11 2017

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 continue hosting meetings of the APPG as normal. Over the last Parliament, we produced a report on how well schools prepare children for their future, which you can find here, and bringing the recommendations of this report to the attention of the relevant Ministers in the DfE will be amongst our priorities.

For further details about the meeting and the work of the APPG, please contact Anna Wolffe by email at [email protected] or by phone on 020 3642 2754.

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