Research briefings

This page provides access to research briefings produced by the House of Commons Library, the House of Lords Library and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). You can filter the research briefings by date, type, or one of 350 topics. Pick your options from the dropdown menus.

Find a briefing paper
  1. Close

    Glossary

    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
  2. Close

    Topics

    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

Displaying 1-20 out of 37

Investment in the provision of English for speakers of other languages
Published Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0169
On 3 July 2019, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on Investment in the provision of English for speakers of other languages, due to begin at 2:30pm. The debate is sponsored by Preet Kaur Gill MP.
Augar Review of Post-18 Education and Funding
Published Monday, June 24, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0070
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming House of Lords debate on the Augar Review of Post-18 Education and Funding.
Devolution of the Adult Education Budget
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8596
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the forthcoming devolution of the Adult Education Budget from the 2019-20 academic year.
Inequality and Social Mobility
Published Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0146
On 12 June 2019 there will be a Opposition Day debate on Inequality and Social Mobility. This debate will take place in the main chamber.
Social Mobility and Treasury reform
Published Monday, June 10, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0142
A Westminster Hall debate on the subject of "Social Mobility and Treasury Reform has been scheduled for 9.30am on 11 June 2019. The debate has been initiated by Rt Hon Justine Greening MP.
Education Funding
Published Monday, June 3, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0136
There will be a debate on education funding on Tuesday 4 June 2019. This will be led by Gordon Henderson MP and will take place in Westminster Hall for one hour, starting at 6.30pm.
Equality of Opportunity and Quality of Life for Young People
Published Thursday, May 9, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0056
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on equality of opportunity and beneficial quality of life for young people which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 16 May 2019.
T Levels: Reforms to Technical Education
Published Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7951
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of proposals to reform the system of technical education in England through the introduction of new T Level qualifications.
Adult further education funding in England since 2010
Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7708
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides a summary of how funding for adult further education (including apprenticeships) in England has changed since 2010.
Spending of the Department for Education
Published Monday, February 25, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0054
On 26 February 2019 there will be an Estimates Day debate on the spending of the Department for Education. The subject for this debate was selected by the Backbench Business Committee, following the publication of the 2018-19 Supplementary Estimates on 11 February 2019. The application to the Committee was made by Robert Halfon (Conservative), chair of the Education Select Committee, Meg Hillier (Labour), chair of the Committee of Public Accounts and Layla Moran, member of the Committee of Public Accounts and Liberal Democrat spokesperson on education.
Global education for the most marginalised
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0048
A Westminster Hall debate on the 'Global education for the most marginalised' is scheduled for Tuesday 26 February 2019 from 2:30-4:00pm. The Member leading the debate is David Linden MP.
Review of Post-18 Education and Funding
Published Friday, February 8, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8239
On 19 February 2018, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced in a speech that there would be a “wide-ranging review into post-18 education” led by Philip Augar. The review is to look at how future students will contribute to the cost of their studies, including “the level, terms and duration of their contribution.” The Prime Minister discounted the idea of moving back to a fully taxpayer funded system. It is expected that the review will report in early 2019.
A debate on a motion on e-petition 229744 relating to college funding
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0009
On 21 January 2019, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on the motion "That this House has considered e-petition 229744 relating to college funding." The debate will begin at 4:30pm.
Developing Non-Academic Skills
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0583
Non-academic skills exist alongside academic knowledge and abilities, and can include empathy, communication, and resilience. They have also been called 'life', 'non-cognitive' or 'essential' skills. Non-academic skills are associated with a range of positive outcomes across education, work, health and wellbeing, such as higher academic attainment, improved employability, and better physical and mental health. This POSTnote reviews evidence on the outcomes associated with non-academic skills and effective educational approaches to developing these skills in and out of the school environment.
Sexual harassment in education
Published Thursday, August 2, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8117
Concerns have been raised about sexual harassment in all stages of education. This paper provides information on the requirements on schools, colleges and universities, and relevant recent developments.
Debate on spending of the Department for Education
Published Friday, June 29, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0167
This Debate Pack provides background on Department for Education spending. It covers spending on schools, further and higher education.
Part-time and Continuing Education
Published Thursday, June 28, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0074
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the motion scheduled to be moved by Baroness Bakewell (Labour) on 5 July 2018 “that this House takes note of part-time and continuing education, and in particular the future of the Open University".
Further Education: Post-16 Area Reviews
Published Monday, May 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7357
This House of Commons Library briefing provides information on the area reviews of post-16 education and training which were conducted between September 2015 and March 2017.
Adult ESOL in England
Published Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7905
This briefing provides information on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for learners aged 19 and over in England, including current current provision and funding, past funding changes, and recent reports. It also provides information on the Government's community-based English language programmes.
English language teaching for refugees
Published Monday, October 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0195
This House of Commons Library Debate Pack briefing has been prepared in anticipation of the debate entitled "English language teaching for refugees". This debate is sponsored by Dame Caroline Spelman MP and will take place at Westminster Hall on Tuesday 24th October at 4.30pm, lasting for 90 minutes.

Displaying 1-20 out of 37

About libraries

House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library provides research, analysis and information services for MPs and their staff.

House of Lords Library

The House of Lords Library delivers research and information services to Members and staff of the House in support of parliamentary business.

POST

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology produces independent, balanced and accessible briefings on public policy issues related to science and technology.

Stay up to date

  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts Commons Briefing papers
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts Lords In Focus
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts Lords Library notes
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts POSTnotes
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts POSTbriefs