Education Select Committee

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The Education Select Committee is a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The remit of the Committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Education and any associated public bodies.

The Chair of the Committee is Rt Hon. Robert Halfon MP.[1] Previous Chairs include Neil Carmichael (2015–17), Graham Stuart MP (2010–2015) and Barry Sheerman MP (2001–2010).

Membership[edit]

Member Party Constituency
Rt Hon. Robert Halfon MP (Chair) Conservative Harlow
Lucy Allan MP Conservative Telford
Michelle Donelan MP Conservative Chippenham
Marion Fellows MP SNP Motherwell and Wishaw
James Frith MP Labour Bury North
Emma Hardy MP Labour Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Trudy Harrison MP Conservative Copeland
Ian Mearns MP Labour Gateshead
Lucy Powell MP Labour Co-op Manchester Central
Thelma Walker MP Labour Colne Valley
William Wragg MP Conservative Hazel Grove

Publications[edit]

2015-17 Parliament[edit]

Date Title Government response
2 May 2017 Eleventh Report of Session 2016–17: Primary assessment Awaited
1 May 2017 Tenth Report of Session 2016–17: Children and young people's mental health—the role of education Awaited
25 April 2017 Ninth Report of Session 2016–17: Exiting the EU: challenges and opportunities for higher education Awaited
31 March 2017 Eighth Report of Session 2016–17: Apprenticeships Awaited
28 February 2017 Seventh Report of Session 2016–17: Multi-academy trusts Awaited
24 February 2017 Sixth Report of Session 2016–17: Appointment of the Chair of the Office for Students N/A
21 February 2017 Fifth Report of Session 2016–17: Recruitment and retention of teachers Government Response to the Committee’s Fifth Report of Session 2016–17
13 February 2017 Fourth Report of Session 2016–17: Evidence check: Grammar schools Awaited
13 July 2016 Third Report of Session 2016–17: Social work reform Government Response to the Committee’s Third Report of Session 2016–17
7 July 2016 Second Report of Session 2016–17: Appointment of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills Government Response to the Committee’s Second Report of Session 2016–17
5 July 2016 First Report of Session 2016–17: Careers education, information, advice and guidance Government Response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2016–17
28 April 2016 Fourth Report of Session 2015–16: Mental health and well-being of looked-after children Government Response to the Committee’s Fourth Report of Session 2015–16
20 March 2016 Third Report of Session 2015–16: Appointment of the Chief Regulator of Ofqual N/A
24 January 2016 Second Report of Session 2015–16: Holocaust education Government Response to the Committee’s Second Report of Session 2015–16
20 January 2016 First Report of Session 2015–16: The role of Regional Schools Commissioners Government Response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2015–16

Chair of the Education Select Committee[edit]

Chair Party Constituency First elected Method
Robert Halfon Conservative Harlow 12 July 2017 Elected by the House of Commons
Neil Carmichael Conservative Stroud 18 June 2015 Elected by the House of Commons
Graham Stuart Conservative Beverley and Holderness 9 June 2010 Elected by the House of Commons
Previously as Children, Schools and Families Select Committee
Barry Sheerman Labour Co-op Huddersfield 12 November 2007 Elected by the Select Committee[2]
Previously as Education and Skills Select Committee
Barry Sheerman Labour Co-op Huddersfield 16 July 2001 Elected by the Select Committee[2]

Election results[edit]

From June 2010 chairs of select committees have been directly elected by a secret ballot of the whole House of Commons using the alternative vote system. Candidates with the fewest votes are eliminated and their votes redistributed until one remaining candidate has more than half of valid votes.[3] Elections are held at the beginning of a parliament or in the event of a vacancy.[4]

12 July 2017[5]
Candidate 1st round 2nd round 3rd round 4th round 5th round
Votes  % Votes  % Votes  % Votes  % Votes  %
Robert Halfon 136 23.8 141 25.1 152 27.7 185 35.7 261 55.1
Nick Boles 129 22.6 137 24.4 153 27.9 178 34.4 213 44.9
Dan Poulter 109 19.1 112 20.0 127 23.2 155 29.9 Eliminated
Tim Loughton 101 17.7 104 18.5 116 21.2 Eliminated
Stephen Metcalfe 63 11.0 67 11.9 Eliminated
Rehman Chishti 33 5.8 Eliminated
Not redistributed 10 1.8 23 4.0 53 9.3 97 17.0
Valid votes 571 561 548 518 474
17 June 2015[6]
Candidate 1st round 2nd round
Votes  % Votes  %
Neil Carmichael 224 37.5 294 53.8
Tim Loughton 191 32.0 252 46.2
Caroline Nokes 182 30.5 Eliminated
Not redistributed 51 8.5
Valid votes 597 546
9 June 2010[7]
Candidate 1st round 2nd round 3rd round
Votes  % Votes  % Votes  %
Graham Stuart 192 36.6 210 42.2 244 52.5
Rob Wilson 159 30.3 183 36.7 221 47.5
Lee Scott 92 17.5 105 21.1 Eliminated
Andrew Turner 82 15.6 Eliminated
Not redistributed 27 5.1 60 11.4
Valid votes 525 498 465


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