Education Select Committee to investigate social justice and ‘productivity’

Social justice and “productivity” will be among the priorities for the new-look House of Commons Education Select Committee.

The agenda for the current Parliament has been agreed after the committee met for the first time under its new chair Robert Halfon MP.

Mr Halfon has said that school funding, GCSE reform and outcomes for disadvantaged children will also be subjects for scrutiny in the coming months and years.

The House of Commons Select Committees monitor the policy, administration and spending of government departments. The Education Committee scrutinises the work of the Department for Education and its associated arm’s-length bodies, including Ofsted.

The committee is investigative rather than legislative and it sets its own programme and chooses subjects for inquiries. The new-look committee consists of 11 backbench MPs – five Conservative MPs including the chair, five Labour and one SNP.

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