Education Bill: update on post-16 concerns
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.