• Research Briefing

    Technical and Further Education Bill [Bill No 82 of 2016-17]

    The Technical and Further Education Bill 2016-17 sets out provisions to improve the quality of technical education (TE), address skill shortages and support the Government’s social mobility agenda. The Bill's proposals will: rename the Institute for Apprenticeships the "Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education" and extend its remit to cover technical education, create an insolvency framework for FE corporations and sixth form colleges and extend the statutory duty to provide information on FE to cover providers of FE who receive funding from the combined authorities. The Bill implements recommendations from the Government's Post-16 Skills Plan and the consultation on developing new insolvency regime for the FE sector.

  • Debate Pack

    Access and waiting time standards for early intervention in psychosis

    MPs will debate access and waiting time standards for early intervention in psychosis in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 9.30am. The debate will be led by Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP. This House of Commons Library briefing provides background, recent press articles, Parliamentary material and links to further reading.

  • Research Briefing

    Higher Education and Research Bill 2016 [Bill No 004 of 2016-17]

    This paper has been written for the House of Commons Second Reading debate on the Higher Education and Research Bill 2016. The Bill brings forward a range of measures to increase competition and choice in the higher education sector, raise standards and strengthen capabilities in UK research and innovation. The Bill implements the legislative proposals in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) White Paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching, Social Mobility and Student Choice and in Sir Paul Nurse’s report, Ensuring a successful UK research endeavour: A Review of the UK Research Councils by Paul Nurse, November 2015. The Bill will establish a new body the Office for Students, create a single route into the higher education sector, create alternative payments for students and make changes to UK research infrastructure.

  • Debate Pack

    Educational attainment in Yorkshire and the Humber

    On Monday 18 April MPs will take part in a debate on educational attainment in Yorkshire and the Humber. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee and will be opened by Jo Cox MP. This House of Commons Library debate pack provides statistics, briefing, reports and relevant press and parliamentary coverage of the issues.

  • Debate Pack

    Further education colleges in the North East

    There will be a debate on Further education colleges in the North East in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 26 January 2016 at 2.30pm. Helen Goodman MP will lead the debate. This page provides a Library briefing and press and parliamentary coverage of the issues.

  • Research Briefing

    Support for higher education students with discretionary leave to remain

    This briefing gives and overview of student support arrangements for students with limited and discretionary leave to remain in the UK and discusses recent policy developments since the Supreme Court judgement in the Tigere case in July 2015. The paper flags up the Department for Business and Skills consultation containing proposals to create a new category of student support eligibility which will apply to students with long term residency in the UK.

  • Research Briefing

    Education and Adoption Bill

    This paper considers the background and reaction to, and the provisions of, the Education and Adoption Bill which proposes new powers in relation to converting school judged "inadequate" to academy status, the academy conversion process and intervention powers and the reaction to them, and the establishment of regional adoption agencies. Sections 5 to 7 were added to this paper on 14 September 2015, to cover the Bill's Second Reading and Commons Committee Stages. Sections 1 to 5 of the note remain as originally published on 17 June 2015, and have not been updated.

  • Research Briefing

    The Hillsborough Agreement

    This note outlines the background to, content of, and moves to implement the agreement reached at Hillsborough Castle between the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein on 4 February 2010. The full text of the Agreement is included as an appendix to the note.