Interested in education policy? Make sure to keep an eye on the following:
Parliament Calendar – Each week you can browse through the debates taking place in the House of Commons, Westminster Hall, General and Select Committees or The Lords. Education-related topics occur all over the place so it’s worth being eagle-eyed. Last minute changes are also reasonably common so check back often.
Parliament’s Education Select Committee – The Committee’s members are from across the political parties. They come together as necessary to investigate issues in Education and are able to call witnesses from outside or inside government and the Civil Service. The ‘What’s On’ calendar front page shows the next upcoming Committee and you can also browse recent publications using the links on the left hand side of the page.
Parliament TV – All of the debates all of the time: LIVE! and as they are happening. Alos, there’s an archive for watching past debates or committees and they come with a handy fast-forward and rewind button so you don’t have to sit through any irrelevant parts. Ocassionaly you get an audio-only recording; don’t be disheartened, you should still be able to clearly follow what is going on.
House of Commons Debates, Oral Answers, Ministerial Statements & Written Answers – Basically, if it happened in the House of Commons, or if a Minister has responded to an official question then you will be able to find the information here. The DfE have a horrible track record with answering questions, but this should get better over the coming months, and we should see questions answered each day.
House of Commons Deposited Papers – Sometimes a politician will say they have ‘deposited papers’ at the House of Commons library. You can check here to find that information. Don’t be alarmed if it’s not there as it can sometimes take a few days, but if it’s not there after a few days then complain loudly!
The DfE Research Page – The DfE website is like an enormous marketing labryinth full of dead-end corridors and information placed strategically so that you can easily find marketing guff but can’t find anything useful. I would generally avoid it. The Research page, however, has irregularly published yet still very interesting papers that are rigorous and useful and worth reading which means they are almost never promoted on the front page. The link above will take you straight there.