• MPs to look at 'more active' inspection role in new home education inquiry

    MPs have launched an inquiry into home learning which will include looking at the role inspections should play in the future regulation of home educating. The education select committee has announced today it will be investigating how home-educated children are being supported in their learning and also looking at the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has

    10.26 Sep. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Broadcast Oak Academy lessons on TV, says education committee chair

    Recorded lessons such as those put together by the Oak National Academy should be shown on television, the chair of the Parliamentary education committee has said. Robert Halfon has written to culture secretary Oliver Dowden to ask what “incentives and funding could be put in place to encourage the creation and transmission of such content

    11.42 Jul. 9th, 2020 | News

  • Halfon’s ‘reckless’ plan to scrap GCSEs a 'non-starter', says baccalaureate fan

    Calls to replace GCSEs and A-levels with a “holistic baccalaureate” have been branded a “non-starter” by an advocate of a similar model. Tom Sherrington, a trustee of the National Baccalaureate Trust, warned that “headline-grabbing” comments made this week by Robert Halfon, the chair of the education select committee, and a number of other high-profile leaders

    7.00 Feb. 16th, 2019 | News

  • Why reinvent the education wheel, when a solution already exists?

    It’s great that we’re talking about alternatives to GCSEs and A-Levels, but we don’t need to start from scratch – there’s already a qualification out there, says Ryan Kelsall Robert Halfon this week advocated the scrapping of GCSEs and A-Levels in favour of a broader baccalaureate-style education, with a mix of academic and vocational subjects, and

    16.15 Feb. 14th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Halfon: Give schools their own NHS-style 10 year plan

    Education needs a ten-year funding plan like the one drawn up for the NHS, the chair of the parliamentary education committee has said. Writing in Schools Week, Robert Halfon (pictured), a former education minister and Conservative Party deputy chairman, said it was “inexplicable and astonishing” that the health service can have a ten-year funding and

    5.00 Nov. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Careers and Enterprise Company will face questions from MPs

    The parliamentary education committee will question the leaders of the government’s Careers Enterprise Company next week. Claudia Harris, the organisation’s chief executive, will appear alongside chair Christine Hodgson on Wednesday May 16. They will answer questions about the company’s role in the delivery of the government’s careers strategy and their wider work coordinating careers and enterprise support and guidance.

    16.41 May. 10th, 2018 | News

  • MPs demand action to improve education in the north

    An influential group of MPs has written to the education secretary to demand immediate improvement to education in the north of England. The parliamentary education committee wrote to Damian Hinds after a hearing last week with former chancellor George Osborne and other representatives of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership highlighted a “stark educational attainment gap between the

    11.01 May. 8th, 2018 | News

  • George Osborne to be questioned about pupil disadvantage in the north

    Former chancellor George Osborne will be questioned by the parliamentary education committee about the state of education and support for disadvantaged pupils in the north of England. MPs will grill Osborne, now editor of the London Evening Standard, in his capacity as chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) on May 2. He will be

    10.40 Apr. 27th, 2018 | News

  • Robert Halfon, Chair, Education select committee

    Robert Halfon, the new chair of the education select committee, campaigned in the corridors of Parliament for the position using leaflets and badges as if he were in a school election for class representative. Having lost his position as skills minister just weeks before, he wasn’t going to let this chance go. The badges and

    5.00 Feb. 6th, 2018 | Features

  • Excluded pupils must have protective 'bill of rights', says education committee chair

    Excluded pupils should be protected by a “bill of rights” that would allow proper scrutiny of their school’s decision to kick them out, the influential chair of the education select committee has said. Robert Halfon is concerned about the lack of protection for pupils and their parents in situations where schools may have wrongly excluded

    5.00 Feb. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • MPs to hold inquiry into school mental health support plans

    The government’s proposals for additional mental health support for school pupils are to be scrutinised in an inquiry by MPs. The parliamentary education and health committees will hold a joint inquiry into the plans set out in the government’s green paper earlier this month. The committee will begin holding hearings in January. Under proposals set

    11.48 Dec. 22nd, 2017 | News