Education Committee to hold first oral evidence session in Alternative Provision inquiry 

Education Committee 


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Education Committee to hold first oral evidence session in Alternative Provision inquiry on 21 November at 10.30am 


The Education Committee is to hold its first oral evidence session as part of its inquiry into the provision of education for young people who do not attend mainstream schools. The inquiry fits in with the Committee’s aims of promoting social justice by looking at ways of improving educational outcomes and life chances. 


Alternative Provision is provided in settings such as Pupil Referral Units and educates pupils who are outside of the mainstream school system for a variety of reasons, such as school exclusion, school refusal or illness. 


The first oral evidence session will be a chance for MPs to ask about the general issues surrounding alternative provision, including the reasons pupils are educated in alternative provision, the quality of teaching and the educational outcomes of pupils.


The full terms of reference for the inquiry can be found here. 


Tuesday 21 November, 10.30am, Room 15  

Witness schedule: 


·         Professor David Berridge, Professor of Child & Family Welfare, University of Bristol 

·         Kiran Gill, Founder, The Difference 

·         Philip Nye, Researcher, Education Datalab  


You can watch this session live and on-demand on Parliament TV  


Committee Membership: Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP (Con, Harlow), Lucy Allan MP (Con, Telford), Michelle Donelan MP (Con, Chippenham), Marion Fellows MP (SNP, Motherwell and Wishaw), James Frith MP (Lab, Bury North), Emma Hardy MP (Lab, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle), Trudy Harrison MP (Con, Copeland), Ian Mearns MP (Lab, Gateshead), Lucy Powell MP (Lab Co-op, Manchester Central), Thelma Walker MP (Lab, Colne Valley), William Wragg MP (Con, Hazel Grove)  

Specific Committee Information: / 020 7219 1376  

Media Information: Gary Calder / 020 7219 7556  

Committee Website: 

Twitter: @CommonsEd 

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