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Welcome to the new Education Committee blog!

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This blog is intended to be an open space where we hope a wide range of people with a stake in education and the wellbeing of children and young people will express their views and opinions on key issues.

I, and other members of the Committee, will post comments regularly but we will also invite a wide range of independent voices to contribute to the discussion.

To kick things off, in March this year the previous Education Committee invited the public to submit ideas for our Committee to investigate in the new Parliament.

That generated a list of good ideas which we have gathered together in the Storify below.

We will take these views into account as we develop our programme of work, but we still want to hear more suggestions, so today we are launching a new conversation on Twitter.

Please use #TellCommonsEd to flag any key topic you think is missing from the list we have so far and which deserves our attention. This might be about a current problem in schools, early years or child protection.  It could also be about developing a new or better policy in one of these areas, or about encouraging more joined-up thinking across Government.

Our role as a select committees is to scrutinise the work of government departments - to hold ministers or key agencies like Ofsted to account. We want you to help us to do this better by telling us what really matters to those who know best.

The Education Committee published its report, Closing the gap: the work of the Education Committee in the 2010-15 Parliament, on Monday 16 March 2015.


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  1. Comment by Doug Stroud posted on

    Please urgently help with fair funding.
    My school faces a huge problem and we need urgent help.
    We get little pupil premium. We are funded much lower than other authorities.
    If we we were funded half way towars the best we would have an extra £1000 per pupil.
    £450, 000 in total. This disadvantages our pupils. When I visit other schools in better funded areas they have two or three TAs per class and better resources. This can not be fair.
    To wait two or three more years to move forwards is unacceptable. Our children deserve equal funding now. Thank you for letting me comment.

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      Comment by commonsed posted on

      Hi Doug,

      Thanks for your comment. Suggestions will be put forward to the Committee.


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