This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on schools. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

02.02.2016Regional Schools Commissioners
This briefing provides information on the role of Regional Schools Commissioners and outlines some of the issues that have been raised since their creation.
01.02.2016Summer-born children: starting school
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the flexibility for parents of summer-born children in England to request for their children to be admitted to school outside of their normal age group, and potential future changes.
01.02.2016Education expenditure: Social Indicators page
Trends in spending since the late 1970s and international comparisons. Updated to include spending figures published in Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 2014 and Education at a Glance 2014
01.02.2016Examination results: Social Indicators page
Trends in examination results in England at Key Stage 2, GCSE and A level. Includes 2014 results.
28.01.2016English Baccalaureate
The history and purpose of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and the Government's future plans. The new Government has announced plans for the EBacc to be taken by over 90% of school children in England
22.01.2016Counter-extremism policy in English schools
The duties on schools in England to safeguard children from extremism, and promote British values
20.01.2016School Sport
This briefing provides information on the provision of physical education and sport in schools, including National Curriculum requirements, funding, the School Games, and regulations relating to school playing fields.
15.01.2016University Technical Colleges
This House of Commons Library briefing discusses the origin, progress and future of University Technical Colleges - technical schools for 14-19 year olds, working alongside employers and universities in England, introduced under the Coalition Government
13.01.2016The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is conducting an inquiry into the impact of the UK Government's policies on people with disabilities in relation to their human rights obligations. This briefing paper provides information on the Committee, details of the inquiry and an overview of the Government's policies in relation to people with disabilities.
11.01.2016School admission in England. State-funded mainstream schools
This note provides an overview of how places are allocated at state-funded mainstream schools in England, and how parents apply for places for their children.

Lords Library Notes

15.10.2015Education and Adoption Bill (HL Bill 64 of 2015-16)
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Education and Adoption Bill on 20 October 2015.
12.10.2015Availability and Quality of Apprenticeships, and the Spread of Apprenticeships across the Labour Market
This Library Note provides statistical information on apprenticeships, based on the most recent figures published by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). It then focusses on four key areas of recent government policy development in relation to apprenticeships: the announcement of a government target of three million new apprenticeships by the end of March 2020; the development of new apprenticeship standards
28.11.2014Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (HL Bill 57 of session 2014-15)
This Library Note provides background reading ahead of the Bill's second reading in the House of Lords on 2 December 2014.
20.11.2014The Case for Arts Education in Schools
On 27 November 2014, the House of Lords is scheduled to debate the following motion: 'that this House takes note of the case for arts education in schools'
28.06.2013Children and Families Bill (HL Bill 32 of 2013-14)
This Library Note provides information on the Children and Families Bill, which is due for second reading in the House of Lords on 2 July 2013. The Bill covers several areas, including: adoption and children in care; the family justice system; children and young people with special educational needs; the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England; rights to leave and pay for parents; the right to request flexible working; and early years education and child care.
14.10.2011Debate on 20 October: Teaching of History in Schools
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate on the teaching of history in schools.


19.10.2015Trends in ICT
This note looks at developments in information and communication technology (ICT) and their relevance for UK policy in the next five years. It examines the capability, use and economic impact of ICT; technical barriers; and implications for cybersecurity, privacy and internet governance.
22.09.2015Trends in Compulsory Education
This POSTnote focuses on trends in UK compulsory education and outlines where trends differ between individual nations.
18.12.2013Special Educational Needs
This POSTnote summarises the nature and diversity of special eduational needs (SEN) and discusses the support and outcomes for affected children and their families.
08.03.2013STEM education for 14-19 year olds
This POSTnote reviews the current state of STEM education for 14-19 year olds in the UK, highlighting key challenges and ongoing policy reforms.
15.03.2012Impacts of Video Games
There is debate surrounding the impact of violent video games on behaviour.
01.06.2011Informal STEM education, June 2011
This POSTnote describes the informal sector's links to formal STEM education and its contribution to the national STEM learning agenda. It complements a forthcoming note on STEM education for 14-19 year olds.

Select Committee Reports

07.09.2011Practical experiments in school science lessons and science field trips.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
22.06.2011Behaviour and discipline in schools.
Government response. Education Select Committee; Department for Education report [Commons]
07.06.2011Legislative scrutiny: Education Bill and other bills.
Human Rights Joint Select Committee report [Commons and Lords]
26.01.2011Behaviour and discipline in schools.
Education Select Committee report [Commons]
19.01.2011The academies programme.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House is deeply concerned about planned changes to arrangements for the delivery of the current Nursery Milk Scheme which is likely to affect the numbers of children who drink ...
That this House believes that the Government's threats to force primary schools in Haringey to become academies are undemocratic and threaten to reverse many of the improvements made ...
That this House welcomes the links that have been created between schools in Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire with Mangochi District in Malawi; acknowledges the benefits that can be achieved ...
That this House is alarmed at plans to abolish the specific provisions on toilets in the School Premises Regulations; notes that school toilet facilities are inconsistent and often ...
That this House recognises the value of music education for children's creativity and intellectual development; notes the publication on 25 November 2011,The Importance of Music - A ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses