On Wednesday (11 May), MPs debated the Government's Education Bill. NUT
and UCU worked with two MPs (Nic Dakin and Lisa Nandy) to table two
important amendments to the Bill about post-16 issues. The first would
require enrichment activities to be provided on a statutory basis and
properly funded by the Government. The second amendment would reinstate
the EMA. Unfortunately, due to the parliamentary arithmetic, neither of these
amendments was successful. However, thanks to lobbying by
hundreds of NUT members there was much support from a wide range of MPs
for these particular concerns.
The Bill now goes to the House of Lords and the NUT will lobby peers to
improve the Bill. The NUT's latest briefing on the Bill can be found here.