Further education

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on further education. 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

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.
22.01.2016Post-16 Area Reviews
This briefing provides information on the area reviews of post-16 education and training announced by the Government in July 2015.
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
20.11.2015Careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at the requirements on schools, colleges and universities in England to provide careers guidance, the quality of the advice provided, and also the organisations working to provide careers advice.
16.11.2015Social Indicators 2015
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include agriculture, crime, defence, education, elections, environment and energy, health, housing, local government, population and migration, social security and transport.
12.11.2015Participation in education and training: 16-18 year olds: Social Indicators page
Summary of trends in participation among 16-18 year olds in England since the mid-1980s and basic international comparisons. The latest update includes data from the end of 2013 which was the first to affected by raising the participation age.
16.10.2015Special Educational Needs: support in England
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the system of support for children and young people in England aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN). The briefing provides an overview of the new system introduced in 2014, the transitional arrangements, and how the new system differs from that which preceded it. It also includes a brief history of the movement towards reform that preceded the 2014 changes
06.10.2015Constituency Casework: Training
This note provides Members of Parliament and their staff with information related to frequently asked questions from constituents about training.
19.05.2015Key Issues for the 2015 Parliament
This book examines the key issues facing the House of Commons over the course of the 2015 Parliament - from the public finances to the UK's membership of the EU and from school places for children to climate change.

Lords Library Notes

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
28.06.2013Children 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.
09.06.2011Education Bill (HL Bill 67 of 2010-12)
This Library Note provides information for the second reading of the Education Bill in the House of Lords.


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.

Select Committee Reports

18.07.2011Getting value for money from the education of 16 to 18 year olds.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
12.07.201116-19 participation in education and training.
Education Select Committee report [Commons]
30.03.2010Further education funding and the Skills Funding Agency.
Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
14.10.2009Spend, spend, spend?
Government response. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
15.07.2009Renewing the physical infrastructure of English further education colleges.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes with grave concern the plans put forward by Cumbria County Council to change the transport policy for prospective students planning to attend sixth form or further ...
That this House endorses the Government's commitment to help establish new university technology colleges across the country; notes the role that university technology colleges can ...
That this House congratulates the millions of people who gain vocational qualifications every year and celebrates their achievement on the fourth annual Vocational Qualifications (VQ) ...
That this House is concerned that the Government's decision to replace theeducation maintenance allowance (EMA) with a 180 million bursary provides inadequate support for disadvantaged ...
That this House welcomes the extra funding in the 2011 Budget that will boost the number of university technical colleges from 12 to as many as 24 to open by 2014; believes that this ...


  • 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