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

04.01.2016Religious 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.
03.12.2015Teachers: supply, retention and workload
This briefing paper provides information about the supply, retention and workload of teachers, including some of the issues raised. It relates to England only.
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.
16.11.2015Language teaching in schools (England)
The requirements on schools in England to teach languages; the quality of provision; support for teaching; calls for improved standards; and relevant Government reforms.
12.11.2015Teachers: Social Indicators page
Summary of data on teacher numbers, flows and vacancies. Includes 2014/15 UK data on teachers.
10.03.2015Sources of social statistics: Education
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on education.
03.09.2014Social Indicators
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.
20.09.2013Teachers' Pension Scheme - background
This note looks at the development of the Teachers' Pension Scheme
28.11.2012Education: Historical statistics
The organisation of every stage of education has undergone significant change over the last century. These changes have fundamentally altered most aspects of education. Historical indicators are therefore particularly interesting, but also problematic. Very few series are consistent over more than a few decades. The definition/size of different stages of education (primary, secondary, further/higher), school leaving ages and examinations have changed markedly as have state organisation and funding. As key concepts in education change so do the types of statistics collected. The increased role of the state in the first half of the 20th century also widened the scope of official education statistics.
19.09.2012Schools: GCSE English grading issues
This note provides a brief summary of the key events surrounding the issue of the GCSE results in English for students, following the publication of results on 23 August 2012.

Lords Library Notes

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.


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.

Select Committee Reports

18.01.2010Training of teachers.
Children Schools and Families Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes with concern the significant drop in pay proposed by Cumbria County Council for Cumbria's teaching assistants, which could potentially lead to a 30 per cent. drop ...
That this House notes that the statutory leaving age will rise to 18 years by 2015; understands that the demand for high quality vocational education will increase; agrees that vocational ...
That this House recognises the important role played by subject centres in championing the teaching and learning of diverse disciplines in the higher education landscape; notes the ...
That this House believes that British teacher education is amongst the best in the world; notes that teacher education forms a very significant part of UK higher education; supports ...
That this House notes that despite seven judgments in their favour in the European Court of Justice, scores of British and other non-Italian staff in Italian universities are still ...


  • 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