• Research Briefing

    Religious Education in schools (England)

    What is taught in Religious Education in English schools? This briefing sets out the rules in place, as well as issues surrounding the teaching of RE and its curriculum, and information on related topics such as collective worship and the right to withdraw a child from RE classes.

  • Research Briefing

    English Baccalaureate

    This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the history and purpose of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and the Government's plans following the publication of its response to a consultation on the EBacc in July 2017

  • Research Briefing

    Home education in England

    This briefing provides information on home education in England and outlines current and past proposals for reform. It also notes issues raised with regards to home education and briefly summarises the relevant sections of selected reports. Education is a devolved issue; the briefing covers the position in England only.

  • Debate Pack

    Spending of the Department for Education

    On 1 July 2019 there will be an Estimates Day debate on the spending of the Department for Education. The subject for this debate was selected by the Backbench Business Committee, following the publication of the 2019-20 Main Supply Estimates on 9 May 2019. The debate follows two applications to the Committee for debates on DFE spending: one from Robert Halfon MP (Conservative), chair of the Education Select Committee; James Frith MP (Labour), member of the Education Select Committee; Thelma Walker MP (Labour), member of the Education Select Committee; and Laura Smith MP (Labour); and another led by Anna Turley MP regarding spending on children’s services. This debate comes at a time when the Government has recently introduced a new funding formula for schools and follows a previous Estimates day debate on Education spending in February 2019.

  • Research Briefing

    FAQs: Academies and free schools

    This briefing paper answers FAQs about academies and free schools in England. Topics covered include: academy conversion; school places; special educational needs provision; academy land disposal and sale; funding; and accountability.

  • Research Briefing

    Alternative Provision Education in England

    This briefing paper provides information about Alternative Provision (AP) education in England. In particular information about AP providers in England, the pupils that attend them, funding statistics, and the current issues affecting the sector.

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