Education (Non-religious Philosophical Convictions) Bill [HL]: HL Bill 29 of 2022–23

The Education (Non-religious Philosophical Convictions) Bill [HL] is a private member’s bill sponsored by Baroness Burt of Solihull (Liberal Democrat). It would introduce an explicit requirement for schools in England to include non-religious worldviews such as humanism in religious education (RE). At the time of writing, the bill’s second reading debate has yet to be scheduled.

Education (Non-religious Philosophical Convictions) Bill [HL]: HL Bill 29 of 2022–23

Educational attainment gap: Regional disparities

Following the release of this year’s GCSE and A-level results, some commentators have raised concerns that the educational attainment gap between the north and south of England has widened. This issue is the focus of an upcoming question for short debate in the House of Lords. In preparation for the debate, this briefing looks at recent commentary on the issue and provides an overview of this year’s results.

Educational attainment gap: Regional disparities

National plan for music education

The government has published an updated plan for music education. It emphasises aspects such as early years music; cooperation between schools and other organisations, for example music hubs; and providing a variety of ways to progress in music. Commentators have welcomed the plan but called for more funding. Some observers have also argued that the structure of testing in schools from age 14 skews the curriculum against music.

National plan for music education

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