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All Party Parliamentary Group on Further Education and Lifelong Learning

AoC provides the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Further Education and Lifelong Learning. This group aims to promote and develop the interests of the further education, adult learning and skills sectors and to advise government ministers on matters of concern to those sectors.

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What is an APPG?

APPGs are informal groups established by backbench MPs and peers which meet to discuss, campaign on and promote a certain issue. They have no statutory or formal role but are able to exert some influence on Government.

News

On Monday 23 May the APPG on Further Education and Lifelong Learning held a meeting on the role of college sport in supporting student health and wellbeing.

It was great to have parliamentarians from both the Commons and the Lords and from across different parties attend and hear from speakers about this issue. Michaela Lines, Director of Study Programmes at Lincoln College, Gemma Bell, Student at Lincoln College, Mark Lawrie, CEO at StreetGames and Karen Dobson OBE, Principal and Chief Executive at Newcastle and Stafford College Group, all spoke at the meeting. Read more about this session here.

The APPG for Further Education and Lifelong Learning has been running for over 10 years and meets regularly in Parliament. The group holds meetings and inquiries on particular topics of importance to colleges. Recent meetings have focussed on the role of college sport in student health and wellbeing, the role of colleges in supporting unemployed people into work; lost learning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic; and the role of university technical colleges. The Group also held a session in January 2022 with Skills Minister Alex Burghart on the Skills & Post-16 Education Bill.

The Group's Chair and office bearers are listed below:

Chair:

Vice-Chairs:

Officers:

Members:

  • The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP (Conservative)
  • Lord Austin of Dudley (non-affiliated)
  • Jane Hunt MP (Conservative)
  • Sarah Champion MP (Labour)

Group register:

If you have any questions about the Group or would like to get involved please contact our public affairs team at public_affairs@aoc.co.uk.

Membership of the APPG on FE and Lifelong Learning
Peter Aldous MP
Chair, MP for Waveney
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Peter Aldous MP photo
The Rt. Hon Baroness Garden of Frognal
Vice Chair, Member of the House of Lords
The Rt. Hon Baroness Garden of Frognal photo
The Rt. Hon Baroness Garden of Frognal photo
Stephen Farry MP
Vice Chair, MP for North Downs
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Stephen Farry MP photo
Emma Hardy MP
Officer, Kingston upon Hull West & Hessle
Emma Hardy MP photo
Emma Hardy MP photo
The Rt. Hon Lord David Blunkett
Officer, Member of the House of Lords
The Rt. Hon Lord David Blunkett photo
The Rt. Hon Lord David Blunkett photo
Lord Addington
Officer, Member of the House of Lords
Lord Addington photo
Lord Addington photo

Meeting Minutes

    Correspondence

    Contact

    AoC provides the secretarial support for this group. For further information, please contact our Public Affairs team at public_affairs@aoc.co.uk.