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Education Committee to question Education Secretary Gavin Williamson

8 January 2021

Following the Government's announcement to close all schools, except to vulnerable children and those of critical workers, the Education Committee is holding a session with the Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson MP, and the Permanent Secretary.

Purpose of the session

The Committee will look at the process leading up to the decision to close schools and what must happen throughout the remainder of the academic year to support children’s learning and well-being.

They will consider the pressure on teachers and support staff and how they are being supported at this time.

The Committee is also expected to consider what role Ofsted and others should have in ensuring children get high quality remote lessons.

They will consider what arrangements should be put in place following the decision to cancel exams in 2021.

The session may also cover other areas affected such as support for the early years’ sector.


Wednesday 13 January, 10am

  • Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education
  • Susan Acland-Hood, Permanent Secretary, Department for Education

Further information

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