Headline student numbers have increased to new records following a short dip after to the 2012 reforms. There are however ongoing concerns about numbers outside this group where trends have not been so positive, including part-time undergraduates, some postgraduates students, overseas students from some countries, especially Nigeria and Malaysia, mature students and some disadvantaged groups. There is also considerable concern about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and student numbers, particularly those from overseas and uncertainty about the impact of Brexit on EU student numbers.
The House of Commons Library have updated the Early Intervention Breifing Paper ahead of this debate. This paper can be found here.
This Commons Library Briefing Paper the UK Government's new Test and Trace Support Payment for low-income workers who are required to self-isolate.
On Wednesday 21 October 2020, there will be an Opposition Day Debate on Free School Meals.